For too long, Washington politicians have stymied economic growth with policies that have increased taxes and regulation on businesses and job creators. These policies have resulted in a national debt that is now over $15 trillion, an unemployment rate that remains above 9% and damaging levels of uncertainty within our financial system. Small businesses and middle-class families have been hit the hardest, with no incentive to hire more workers and no ability to save for a child's college education.
I believe America's economy thrives when our lawmakers advance policies that encourage, not discourage, entrepreneurship, investment and free enterprise. Wall Street bailouts and government takeovers will never stimulate our economy and do nothing but increase the size and cost of our federal government. A real stimulus program starts by reforming our tax and regulatory systems, so we can untie the hands of businesses looking to expand, invest or hire additional workers.
I am proud my record in Congress consists of supporting measures that cut job-killing taxes and reined in red-tape regulations on businesses. As a small business owner, I understand the risks American citizens assume when creating businesses and believe government should be a partner, not an obstacle, for job creators. When I return to Congress, I will lead the fight to lower taxes on corporations, small business owners, and middle-class families so we can stimulate our economy without increased spending, and get more Americans working and back on the road to prosperity.