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Congressman still asking: 'Where are the jobs?'

Sunday, November 6, 2011

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When I announced my bid for the 8th Congressional District in October 2009, unemployment was nearing 10 percent and citizens were worrying that our nation would be stuck in a recession for the foreseeable future.

Two years later, unemployment is still north of 9 percent and people, including myself, continue to ask, "Where are the jobs?"

Recently, President Obama has urged Congress to stop waiting and pass a jobs bill. I agree with the President that action on creating jobs cannot wait. Yet, more than 1,000 days into his administration, the Obama administration only succeeded in adding nearly $1 trillion to our national debt through a failed stimulus program that did not keep unemployment under 8 percent as advertised.

This is the same administration that has bailed out various sectors of the economy, and potentially campaign donors, with deficit spending and has further burdened job creators with onerous and costly regulations.

Now, the president wants Congress to enact, "Stimulus II," and raise taxes, while disguising it as a jobs bill. The president is blaming Republicans in the House for inaction on a bill that spends more money that we don't have and raises taxes on those we are expecting to create jobs.

What the president fails to mention is that it is Sen. Reid and his majority in the Senate that are stalling the process.

The Senate that has done virtually nothing to aide job creators in an attempt to protect Democrat members up for re-election by refusing to take "tough" votes and has exhibited inaction by not passing a budget in more than 900 days.

The president's American Jobs Act failed to pass the Democrat controlled Senate in October. This is the same Senate where every Democrat and Republican voted down the president's budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2012 by a vote of 97-0.

Both Democrats and Republicans refused to vote for a plan that would have further exploded the national debt and expanded the size and scope of the federal government.

Looking further into the American Jobs Act, I have many concerns with this plan.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently stated, "Private sector jobs have been doing just fine. It's the public sector jobs where we've lost huge numbers. And that's what this legislation is all about."

The federal government should not bail out states that have made poor choices or refuse to cut spending. The 2009 stimulus promised robust infrastructure spending and jobs, yet the president has recently admitted those projects weren't, "... as shovel ready as we expected."

We are also finding more examples of taxpayer money going to entities that created jobs, but not for American workers. This type of spending without results does not fix underlying issues in the economy and will not result in sustainable job growth. It only results in borrowing more money and adds to our growing $14.5 trillion national debt.

The truth is we can't wait.

The House Republicans do have a plan for jobs. The House has passed many bills this year that will produce jobs, but these bills have been sitting in the Senate. In June of this year, the House Republicans unveiled the Plan for America's Job Creators.

President Obama was briefed on the plan months ago and his recent campaign type rhetoric saying he hasn't seen a Republican plan for job creation is not factual.

Our pan would simplify the tax code for businesses and individuals by eliminating loopholes and lowering the overall rate. This plan would cut government red tape that costs businesses $1.75 trillion a year. We would continue to cut wasteful government spending to force the federal government to live within its means.

The private sector, including large and small businesses, should be the means to job creation, not the federal government. You can read the plan in its entirety at jobs.gop.gov.

Also on this site, you can see the action taken in the U.S. House of Representatives and the progress of 15 jobs bills we have passed and sent to the Senate.

Hardworking Hoosiers face the reality of a tough economy on a daily basis. I want you to know I am working in Washington, D.C., to create an effective and efficient government so you can keep more of your hard earned money in your pocket.

I'm working to lift the burden of onerous regulations on job creators, lower taxes for everyone and stop the federal government from spending money it doesn't have.

The only way to get Americans back to work is for the federal government to remove the climate of uncertainty so the private sector is able to create jobs.