By Rep. Scott Garrett
With New Jersey's unemployment rate locked in at 9.2 percent, residents of the Garden State are all too familiar with the economic travails facing our country.
Understanding the challenges confronting job creators is a top priority of mine as I work to put my constituents back to work, which is why I recently took to the road for a tour of businesses in the 5th District to discuss job creation and the state of the economy with local business leaders.
From Franklin Lakes to Belvidere, I made stops across the district during my business tour. The topics I discussed along the way ranged from the costly effects of burdensome regulations to the lack of capital available to small-business owners to grow their businesses and hire new workers. While each business faces unique challenges, one word rang true in all my conversations: uncertainty.
Business owners are uncertain if their taxes are going to go up if the $1.6 trillion budget deficit isn't handled in a responsible way. Businesses owners are uncertain if they will have the ability to access the capital they need to expand.
Businesses owners are uncertain about the cost of Obamacare and whether or not they will have to let employees go -- much less hire new ones -- because of increased health care costs.
Business owners are uncertain about rising compliance costs due to never-ending regulations from every level of government.
It was my hope President Obama would do more to address the uncertainty plaguing American job creators. Unfortunately, rather than taking steps to free American job creators from the shackles of overregulation, higher taxes and costly government mandates, he is doubling-down on policies that have already proven ineffective.
For the past two months, he has barnstormed the country in a desperate attempt to build support for his so-called "jobs plan," which is nothing more than a rehash of his failed 2009 stimulus package.
Unlike Obama, I have heard the pleas from business owners and I understand that they, not the government, will be the driving force behind our economic recovery.
As the chairman of the Republican Study Committee's Budget and Spending Task Force, I am leading the charge for a pro-growth jobs plan that fosters an environment where businesses can flourish.
The RSC's Jobs Through Growth Act is a common-sense solution meant to address the needs and ideas of business owners. Based on three basic tenants, this robust jobs proposal is the right prescription for our ailing economy.
First, it will simplify the individual and corporate tax code and do away with all of the loopholes to promote economic growth, job creation and tax fairness for all Americans. Second, it will ease the regulatory burden on America's job creators, especially small businesses. Third, it will increase American energy production to create jobs and promote energy independence.
For anyone who believes that the success of our country lies in the hands of a flourishing and thriving private sector, this plan deserves a serious look.
It is clear to me business owners have the ingenuity and determination to succeed; they just need the opportunity to do so. I vow to work every day to help businesses put Americans back to work.
U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J., represents Warren County. He is vice chairman of the House Budget Committee and chairman of the Republican Study Committee's Budget and Spending Task Force.