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Mr. JORDAN. I thank the gentleman for yielding, and I thank him more importantly for his leadership here in the Congress.
You said it right. You said it well. Whether you're for a fair tax or for a flat tax, one thing is certain: The American people have had it with the current Tax Code.
Think about it. Any Tax Code that allows 47 percent of the citizens not to pay, 47 percent of all the people that live in this country not to pay the main tax, the income tax that we have, you can't repair it; you can't fix it; it's completely broken, and you've got to throw it away and start over. Any Tax Code that now requires our companies headquartered in the United States of America to pay the highest corporate tax rate in the world is broken.
This is one thing that is amazing to me. We are talking about small business and we are talking about tax policy. What's amazing to me is, in spite of stupid policies from the Federal Government, how well our small business owners do. It's a testimony to what Mr. Woodall was talking about, the work ethic and the entrepreneurship of the American people and the American small business owner that, in spite of bad policies, they're still succeeding.
Imagine if we had a tax policy that actually made sense. Imagine if we had a regulatory environment that made sense. Imagine if we had an energy policy that made some sense and used the resources the good Lord has blessed us with in this country. Imagine if we had monetary and fiscal policy that made sense. We wouldn't be having 1.5 percent, 2 percent growth. We'd be having 3 percent, 4 percent, 5 percent growth in this economy. As you said, Mr. Chair, we would be creating an environment that is conducive to economic growth.
If we actually did that, get out of the way and let the American entrepreneur, let the American family, let the American small business owner do what they've been doing for 200-plus years, they would be making good things happen: growing our economy, creating jobs, helping our communities, and making us the greatest Nation in the world. That's what's at stake here, and it does start with the policies that we have here at the Federal Government.
So we need to change this Tax Code, change the regulatory environment, and certainly change our energy policy and start getting spending under control. If we have a chance, we'll talk about that here in just a few minutes, but I know we've got another speaker who we want to get to.
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