Since the nearly $1 trillion stimulus plan became law in February 2009, the unemployment rate reached a 27 year high of 10.2 percent. On September 3, 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the nation's unemployment rate for August 2010 rose from 9.5 percent to 9.6 percent. Unemployment has been above nine percent for 16 consecutive months. To solve the problem, the current leadership in congress consistently turn to more big-government.
The private sector creates jobs, not Big Government! This is a fundamental economic principle that Washington has forgotten. Over the past year we've seen our economy lose millions of jobs. Americans continue to be laid off or have a difficult time finding work.
With the right tools, small businesses across the nation can and will create good paying jobs. However, to foster that environment, Washington must promote tax cuts and encourage growth and innovation--not stifle it.
I have steadfastly opposed the current Administration and Leadership in the House and their anti-market, pro-big government legislation. Under Speaker Pelosi's leadership, the House has passed job-killing legislation like the Cap and Trade bill, Card Check, multiple stimulus plans and the Cash for Clunkers program.
Government intrusion only hurts small business and the private sector as a whole. I will continue to fight for policies that keep taxes low, expand access to credit, and reduce duplicative regulation. Only then will it be easier for small businesses to keep their doors open and to create jobs.