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Opinion: Let's get job done on job creation

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Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 8:43 am



We need more secure, high-skilled jobs in America. There is broad agreement on that fact. All the discussion about how to create American jobs has served its purpose of identifying solutions. We have had enough talk. We must get to work creating the environment for job and economic growth.


While home during the state work period, I had the opportunity to discuss directly with fellow Idahoans the challenges our nation faces and hear ideas about how to resolve these challenges. It is clear that people are furious with the status quo. They cannot understand why the President and Congress continue to try to spend our way out of our nation's fiscal crisis rather than control spending. The misguided talk of some in Washington in favor of tax hikes at a time when the economy cannot stand it is incomprehensible.


Generating lasting, good jobs and economic growth depends on improving the economic climate in the U.S. so that small businesses can innovate and invest in growth. The regulatory burdens and uncertainty, as well as our national debt, create the opposite climate and serve to exacerbate the current economic downturn. Our long-term debt picture is strangling current and future job creation.


The recently-enacted $2.5 trillion deficit reduction measure was a modest but necessary beginning. But, with a national debt of almost $15 trillion, many more deficit reduction measures, even larger in scope, must still be passed by this Congress, simply to keep our collective head above water. In addition to significantly cutting spending, we must reform the tax code to reduce tax rates, stimulate the economy and encourage job growth. The proposals I have supported and have been working on would control federal spending, cut taxes, grow the economy, reform the regulatory policies negatively impacting job creators, expand market opportunities for U.S. businesses and institute an energy policy that provides for the affordable energy necessary for increasing U.S. productivity. While we have differences of opinion on the best remedies, President Obama's engagement with Congress regarding job creation and economic growth is welcome. To achieve the large-scale results necessary, full-focus on this task and leadership is imperative.


We know what we need to do to set our nation on a strong course and demonstrate that we have heard and acted on the clear message from the American people. The tired, back-and-forth political battles do not get results. To grow our economy and encourage sustainable American jobs, we need to act on the solutions. We need further enforceable federal spending cuts; a pro-growth overhaul of our tax code and regulatory policy; a reduction of all individual and corporate tax rates; a strengthening of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security to ensure their solvency for current and future recipients; expansion of market opportunities for U.S. businesses; and budget enforcement through spending caps and restraint of the use of budget tricks. Enough gridlock. Let's get this done.



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Welcome to the discussion.


  • northidahonative posted at 11:01 am on Sun, Sep 18, 2011.

    northidahonative Posts: 1164

    Of course Sen. Crapo will propose a Bill elimating the importation of foriegn high tech workers from places like India who will work for less than it costs an American High Tech College Grad to pay back his/her student loan.

    Buy a vowel Crapo.

  • lone wolf posted at 8:56 pm on Thu, Sep 15, 2011.

    lone wolf Posts: 243


    The jubilant shouts of members of the GOP audience encouraging the death of a hypothetical uninsured man bring to mind the 2009 House floor speech delivered by former Florida Rep. Alan Grayson, in which he famously charged: "The Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick." Members of the crowd at the Tampa debate agree with Grayson.

    CNN's Wolf Blitzer, the event's moderator, posed the hypothetical question to Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas): What do you tell a guy who is sick, goes into a coma and doesn't have health insurance? Who pays for his coverage? "Are you saying society should just let him die?" Wolf Blitzer asked.

    "Yeah!" several members of the crowd yelled out.

    HuffPost asked Grayson what he thought of the crowd cheering for the death of the uninsured man. He writes:

    My speech was about the fact I had been listening to the Republicans for months, and they literally had no plan to help all those millions of people who can’t see a doctor when they’re sick. So I said, in sort of a wry manner, that their plan was "don’t get sick." All I really wanted to do was just call attention to the stark absence of a Republican plan. But Fox, trying to take the heat off Joe Wilson and Sarah Palin I guess, transmogrified that into a charge that Republicans want to kill people.
    What you saw tonight is something much more sinister than not having a healthcare plan. It's sadism, pure and simple. It's the same impulse that led people in the Coliseum to cheer when the lions ate the Christians. And that seems to be where we are heading -- bread and circuses, without the bread. The world that Hobbes wrote about -- "the war of all against all."

  • aayupp posted at 1:07 pm on Thu, Sep 15, 2011.

    aayupp Posts: 315

    Innovation and recycling means less jobs to go around and therfore- less money for the govt coffers. Its like the double edge sword- its good but its bad to.

  • max power posted at 11:51 am on Thu, Sep 15, 2011.

    max power Posts: 559

    * News Flash*

    It's "NOT" Government's job to make sure that people that can't afford homes, get to stay in homes they can't afford. It's also "NOT" Government's job to provide people with healthcare, nor is it Government's job to redistribute wealth from working people to non working people. You never hear Democrats supporting personal responsibilty, self reliance, or accountabilty to yourself and others. It's just not in the libtards DNA.

    The Democracy will cease to exist when you take money away from those who are willing to work and give it to those who would not. -- Thomas Jefferson

  • truthiness posted at 8:49 pm on Wed, Sep 14, 2011.

    truthiness Posts: 192

    The low point in last night’s Republican presidential debate came not from anyone on stage, but from a handful in the audience who cheered at the notion of letting a sick man without insurance die without care.

    The moment came when Ron Paul, the libertarian candidate, was asked who should pay the bill when a young man arrives at a hospital in a coma.

    “Who’s going to pay for that?” asked moderator Wolf Blitzer of CNN.

    “Well in a society that you accept welfarism and socialism, he expects the government to take care of him,” Paul said, adding that, “That’s what freedom is all about, taking your own risks.”

    It sounded very much like Paul was suggesting we let the man die. And sadly, that’s when the scattered applause erupted.

  • Peter posted at 8:21 pm on Wed, Sep 14, 2011.

    Peter Posts: 617

    Why can't they have a bipartisan two part policy of budget cuts and targeted tax increase? That is true compromise. Is it really that difficult? For F sake!

  • ancientemplar posted at 7:27 pm on Wed, Sep 14, 2011.

    ancientemplar Posts: 1176

    More importantly this guy wants to eliminate the "charitable contribution" deduction from you income tax.

  • ancientemplar posted at 6:58 pm on Wed, Sep 14, 2011.

    ancientemplar Posts: 1176

    This Senator Crapo, was part of the "Gang of Six". He proposed eliminating the home mortgage deduction, and the elimination of reduced taxes on capitol gains and dividends.


  • squirrel nutkin posted at 5:27 pm on Wed, Sep 14, 2011.

    squirrel nutkin Posts: 231

    "The proposals I,I,I,I,I... have supported and have been working on would control federal spending, cut taxes, grow the economy, blah, blah, blah, blah..."

    I'm pretty sure I've heard that song somewhere before Crappo. Didn't the DooNothing DooWaps make that a hit record sometime in the 60s? All these morons say the same thing. Put ME in charge and everything will be fine. But the only thing that changes, once elected, are the number of their summer homes.

  • aayupp posted at 4:59 pm on Wed, Sep 14, 2011.

    aayupp Posts: 315

    the idaho politicos try to distant themselves from the washington beltway- yet they cannot distant themselves from their own inept and failing Gem State.

  • riversharkes posted at 2:31 pm on Wed, Sep 14, 2011.

    riversharkes Posts: 98

    if you want to grow american jobs and industry how about removing all sales taxes on american made products..including food....this would give you growth in agriculture and factories...also how about some fair trade instead of free trade..time to protect american workers...
    one more thing....everything the government buys (local,state,and fed) should be made in the u.s.a. no excuses..are tax dollars going to support chinese steel companies sucks....

  • iwassam posted at 1:38 pm on Wed, Sep 14, 2011.

    iwassam Posts: 48

    Unbelievable, totally unbelievable.

  • TomKatt posted at 11:56 am on Wed, Sep 14, 2011.

    TomKatt Posts: 125

    Geeez, what a load of bull crapo, is there not a single politician in this country who who will speak the truth? There are plenty of jobs, the problem is the 37 million (per the ACLU) useless illegal alien invaders stealing the jobs and leaching off the social services.

    And no, they are not "undocumented migrants", they are invading alien criminals come to steal what Americans have created....

  • aayupp posted at 9:33 am on Wed, Sep 14, 2011.

    aayupp Posts: 315

    "so that small businesses can innovate and invest in growth".

    actually i am more in favor with less innovation and less samll busienss. what does samll busienss get anyone really. higher prices to the consumer and lousy benefits package to the worker (ie., health insurance) large large large =think big you potatoe head.

    i also am in favor of a moratorioum on reclycling. stop this economy killing practice. if we keep reclycling everything- there is no need to make anything anymore - einsteins! we have plenty of space for very large landfills if we need but we need the blue collars to get back to work and our industrialized nation back on its feet.

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