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Celebrating the Successes of Free Enterprise

Location: Washington, DC

CELEBRATING THE SUCCESSES OF FREE ENTERPRISE -- (House of Representatives - July 20, 2005)

(Mrs. BLACKBURN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)

Mrs. BLACKBURN. Mr. Speaker, I would like to call the body's attention to a sheet of paper that the Committee on Ways and Means has produced for the membership this morning. It is the top 10 reasons the economy is strong.

The late Alex Haley used to say, find the good and praise it. Mr. Speaker, this morning I would like to pause and praise the free enterprise system and the wonderful men and women, the small business owners who have put their energy into building a strong economy. It is their work. They create the jobs, not us. It is government's job to create the environment and get out of the way and let free enterprise do what it does best.

The items, the 10 items on this list are so encouraging. Unemployment, near historic lows, 5 percent; 4.4 percent average GDP growth since June of last year; 3.7 percent growth in manufacturing output since June of last year.

The economy is strong. Free enterprise is doing its job. Mr. Speaker, let us celebrate that success.

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