To boost private sector job creation and end the legacy of debt being passed on to our children and grandchildren, we need a smaller, less costly and more accountable government.
When they rushed their trillion-dollar "stimulus" through Congress, President Obama and Washington Democrats promised that it would create jobs immediately and hold the unemployment rate below eight percent. Since February 2009, our economy has lost roughly 3 million private sector jobs while unemployment has reached 10 percent (it's currently 9.5 percent nationally, and above 10 percent in Ohio). In Ohio, and across much of the Eighth Congressional District, unemployment remains painfully high.
Unfortunately, the majority party in Washington refuses to listen to the American people, who are asking "where are the jobs?" And it continues to double-down on its failing "stimulus" policies. Making matters worse, the White House is moving forward with a plan that will hit American families and small businesses with a massive $3.8 trillion tax hike at the end of the year.
The Obama administration claims that these tax increases will only affect a small number of Americans, but according to an analysis by the non-partisan Committee on Joint Taxation, Congress's official tax scorekeeper, half of small business income in America will face higher taxes under the president's plan. The very threat of these tax hikes, combined with the new health care law and the hundreds of new rules and mandates coming out of the Obama Administration, is are freezing employers with uncertainty at a time when we need them to invest in their growth.
How will these tax hikes affect other Americans? Here are some quick facts compiled by House Ways & Means Committee Republicans:
* A family of four earning $50,000 per year could pay more than $2,100 in higher taxes.
* The child tax credit will be cut in half, from $1,000 to $500 per child, costing 31 million families an average of $1,033 in higher taxes next year.
* The 10% bracket will be eliminated, raising the lowest tax rate to 15%, costing 88 million taxpayers an average of $503 in higher taxes next year.
* The death tax will be reinstated with rates as high as 55%.
The taxing-spending-and-borrowing-binge in Washington isn't getting our economy moving. It's time Democrats and Republicans sat down in a bipartisan way and agreed on a plan to cut waste, stop job-killing tax increases, and provide small businesses with the certainty they need to get back on their feet.
As a former small businessman, I understand how government can be an obstacle to job growth. That's why I'm leading House Republicans in the fight to keep these tax hikes from going into effect while offering better solutions -- including a "no-cost jobs plan" and a plan to immediately cut $1.3 trillion in government spending. Our economy will ultimately recover, but it will do so because of the hard work and entrepreneurship of the American people, not more wasteful Washington spending.
Updated July 27, 2011