After spending 245 days in the Majority without passing a single piece of legislation to create jobs and voting 10 times against Democratic initiatives to create jobs, Republicans still refuse to focus on putting Americans back to work. And that’s a fact even a Republican freshman couldn’t deny:
Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., said the intense focus on cutting regulations and the deficit this fall could backfire.
“It distracts us from jobs,” said Ross, who chairs a House subcommittee on the federal workforce. “We’re going to come back and say, ‘We’re going to cut here, here and here,’ and it’s going to create a battle, and it’s not going to pass the Senate.” [9/6]
Republicans may try to sound pro-small business as they advance their ideological agenda, but small business owners are telling a different story:
Politicians and business groups often blame excessive regulation and fear of higher taxes for tepid hiring in the economy. However, little evidence of that emerged when McClatchy canvassed a random sample of small business owners across the nation.
“Government regulations are not ‘choking’ our business, the hospitality business,” Bernard Wolfson, the president of Hospitality Operations in Miami, told The Miami Herald. “In order to do business in today’s environment, government regulations are necessary and we must deal with them. The health and safety of our guests depend on regulations. It is the government regulations that help keep things in order.”…
McClatchy reached out to owners of small businesses, many of them mom-and-pop operations, to find out whether they indeed were being choked by regulation, whether uncertainty over taxes affected their hiring plans and whether the health care overhaul was helping or hurting their business…
None of the business owners complained about regulation in their particular industries, and most seemed to welcome it. Some pointed to the lack of regulation in mortgage lending as a principal cause of the financial crisis that brought about the Great Recession of 2007-09 and its grim aftermath. [9/1]
Democrats, on the other hand, are listening to the concerns and demands of the American people and have put forward plan after plan to create jobs, strengthen our middle class and small businesses, and grow our economy now:
Make It In America – to strengthen our manufacturing, technological, and industrial base, and keep America number one.
Build America – to put people to work rebuilding our roads, bridges, rail lines, schools, and airports.
Community Recovery – to help the families and businesses affected by Hurricane Irene recover by speeding rebuilding assistance to local communities.
It’s time for Republicans to follow suit so Congress can get to work putting people back to work.