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Let's Put America Back To Work!Posted Friday, September 2, 2011, at 12:43 PM
The Bureau of Labor and Statistics today reported for the first time in almost a year, the U.S. economy failed to add jobs. While President Obama spent his month golfing and vacationing on Martha's Vineyard, millions of Americans continued to struggle looking for work. This is unacceptable. Next week, the President will address the Joint Session of Congress and discuss the country's jobs crisis. While it is encouraging to hear that President Obama is finally willing to turn his focus on job creation, there are certain things he must address if he really wants to get serious about putting Americans back to work.
If we are serious about moving our country in the right direction, President Obama must first accept that growing our government and continuing Washington spending are not the answer. Since the President took office, he has recklessly attempted to spend his way out of economic crisis, leaving our country further in debt and with continuously high unemployment numbers. His trillion dollar stimulus failed to spur job creation and the government takeover of health care did nothing to encourage investment and growth for small businesses. The key to creating jobs is to get government out of the way and foster innovation and investment for small businesses, without raising taxes on hard working Americans.
The House of Representatives has passed several bills intended to reduce and eliminate some of the burdensome regulations put on small businesses, in order to encourage investment and growth. These bills -- which can be viewed here -- could immediately spur job creation, but unfortunately have been stalled in the liberal-controlled Senate. During President Obama's speech next week, I encourage him to call on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to take up these bills immediately so the President may sign them into law.
Our country has the tools to create jobs and rebuild better than before, but we must take action now. America cannot afford for President Obama and Senator Reid to continue stalling important jobs bills for the sake of partisan politics. I know that our economy and our country can be great once again, but we must be willing to put politics aside and work for the common good. As President Obama addresses Congress next week, I hope to finally hear that he is willing to do the same.
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Stephen Fincher is the U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 8th congressional district.
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