At a recent campaign rally, President Obama said, ‘If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.’ He said that because he has no idea what it takes to build or run a small business. He doesn’t understand the risks entrepreneurs take, or the difficulty of meeting a payroll and hiring new workers when the government is standing in the way. And it shows.
Under President Obama, our national unemployment rate has been above eight percent for more than three years. Prices are higher for everything from gasoline to groceries to health care. The president even gutted the common-sense work requirements at the core of President Clinton’s historic, bipartisan welfare reforms – a clear admission that his economic policies have failed.
But instead of working with Congress to address these challenges and help create new jobs, the president is on the campaign trail touting political gimmicks that would make things even worse – including a small business tax hike plan that members of his own party won’t support.
I’ve run a small business. I know the headaches and obstacles facing job creators. And I’m reminded every day that Washington isn’t helping. At a recent listening session in Hamilton with small business leaders, the common theme I heard was: get government out of our way.
That’s why the House of Representatives is going to continue focusing on stopping government policies that are hurting small businesses.
For example, Laura Doerge-Roberts, president of Vinyl Max Windows in Hamilton, says the president’s health care law and its harmful mandates pose a serious threat to her company. Ohio-based White Castle says the uncertainty created by the law’s costs and mandates has hurt their ability to expand and create jobs. They’re not alone. The law is making it harder for small businesses to hire — and the House has voted tofully repeal it.
Next week, the House will vote to curtail excessive government regulations that are needlessly raising the cost of running a small business and putting thousands of jobs at risk.
And later this month, we will vote to stop the tax hikes scheduled to hit all Americans on January 1, 2013, and to protect small businesses from the largest tax hike in history. In Ohio alone, small businesses account for almost half of our private-sector jobs. Nationwide, it’s more than a quarter of all those employed. By raising taxes on more than 900,000 small businesses, President Obama’s tax hike threatens hundreds of thousands of jobs. We’ll take action to stop it.
We will also lay the groundwork for tax reform that closes loopholes and lowers rates for everyone. Fixing the tax code will boost economic growth and create jobs by lowering taxes on companies so they can be more competitive with foreign companies. This will keep jobs in the United States and bring home some of the jobs that have gone overseas.
All of these efforts are part of our Plan for America’s Job Creators. Under this plan, we’ve passed more than 30 jobs bills, including bipartisan bills that expand American energy production and stop Washington from spending money we don’t have. While these bills are being blocked by Senate Democrats, we won’t stop doing what’s right and passing legislation that removes the barriers holding back economic growth and job creation here at home and across the country.”
Boehner represents Ohio’s 8th District, which includes all of Darke, Miami, and Preble counties, most of Butler and Mercer counties, and the northeastern corner of Montgomery County. He was first elected to Congress in 1990. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.