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What is Holding Back the Job Creators?

The United States is falling in global competitiveness and action must be taken now.

On Tuesday, I will be holding a Job Creators Roundtable in Brookfield to discuss what Washington can do to promote private-sector job creation and growth.

I want to hear directly from small business owners and job creators in the 5th Congressional District about what obstacles they face in this current economic climate and hear about solutions that Congress can pursue to infuse confidence and certainty into the economic environment.

We cannot tax and spend our way to prosperity. Out-of-control spending and the constant threat of new taxes and regulations chill hiring and discourage businesses from investing or growing.

Things have gotten worse under President Obama’s economic policies, and there is no time to waste to start enacting smart, commonsense solutions.

Last week, the World Bank issued their annual “Doing Business” report, which ranks 183 countries on attractiveness for business development. In 2007, the U.S. ranked third in the “ease of starting a business” category, and now we are 13th

When President Obama was inaugurated in 2009, according to the World Economic Forum, the U.S. was ranked first in global competitiveness. In 2011, we dropped to fifth.

Early this year, House Republicans introduced a plan for job creation that reduces regulatory burdens, keeps taxes low, utilizes our domestic energy resources, and pays down our unsustainable debt. Since that time, we have been focused on passing legislation to promote economic recovery and job growth. 

There are now 18 bills awaiting Senate action. The 14 million unemployed Americans cannot continue to wait for political stalling.

In contrast to the do-nothing Senate, the House has passed legislation to reform costly regulations and save hundreds of thousands of jobs. We have passed legislation to reform our tax code and enable small businesses to gain access to capital.

I don’t want to wait and see how continuing the same failed policies will make America less competitive in the future. Our economy is suffering from "Washington knows best" mentality. Instead, we should look outside the Beltway to find what creates an environment for success.

On Tuesday, I will be hearing from job creators who have first-hand experience in this economic climate. I look forward to a productive discussion with job creators about how we can make America — and Wisconsin — more competitive and spur job development.

Kay November 17, 2011 at 07:28 PM
When you have a lot of money it usually doubles faster than less..It's basic math... And if you didn't take advantage of your freedoms this country has to offer and all the risks to grow a business, then don't be jealous because someone else s family did..
Bob McBride November 17, 2011 at 07:39 PM
Randy, according to your standards there isn't one politician in this country who shouldn't be subject to a recall action. Recalls shouldn't be based on a subjective analysis of the possible effects of a particular piece of legislation or whether or not a particular portion of that legislation wasn't spelled out in detail in the run up to an election. I'm sorry, but that's just nonsense.
CowDung November 17, 2011 at 07:42 PM
Randy: Did all the Republican senators that had/have recalls launched against them misrepresent themselves when they ran for election?
Sam Vedder November 17, 2011 at 10:15 PM
Hundreds of thousands? I don't think so, maybe tens of hundreds... maybe.
Born Free February 22, 2012 at 05:59 AM
As a former nonunion employer of a small buisness I can tell ya that the taxes and government regulations imposed on job providers is terrible. What pissed me off was having to match each employee's S.S. deduction knowing too that the Social Security fund was being pilfered bone dry by congress. When it comes to regulations anyone who's carried employee's knows what I'm talking about when I say you need to cross every t and dot every i to avoid any possible law suits brought about by a disgruntled employee with an entitlement attitude. Then too in the back of your mind is wondering if some idiot employee would literally cut your throat because they were having a bad day. I took care of my people and they were fairly happy but I would never do the employer experience all over ever again. The socialists won.

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