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Monday, November 1, 2010

Vote GOP In 2010! Here's Why: Jobs, Taxes, Health Care Law

Why You Should Vote For Republicans In Nov. 2010

By John Boehner

Where are the jobs?

It's the question Americans are still asking more than 20 months after President Obama signed the "Stimulus" amid promises it would create jobs "immediately" and keep unemployment below 8%. Instead, millions more have lost their jobs, and unemployment has topped 9.5% for 14 months in a row, the longest such stretch since the Great Depression.

Now, after adding more than $3 trillion to our national debt — often in the name of job creation that has failed to materialize, President Obama and Democrats in Washington want to raise taxes on families and small businesses. Between burdensome mandates, permanent bailouts and government takeovers, hasn't Washington already done enough to make it harder for employers and entrepreneurs to create jobs?

Americans are speaking out and demanding a new way forward in Washington.

Republicans have listened and outlined a new governing agenda in the form of a Pledge to America focused on creating jobs, cutting spending and changing the way Washington does business.

A Smaller Government

At the core of the Pledge is an idea Washington just hasn't tried before — that the path to recovery lies in making government smaller instead of making it bigger. To jump-start job creation, the economic uncertainty gripping small businesses has to be eliminated, and the spending binge in Washington has to be stopped.

The Pledge puts forth a clear plan to end the current uncertainty, starting with stopping all looming tax hikes so that small businesses can get back to creating jobs. This is followed by a blueprint for fiscal sanity that begins with cutting spending to pre-"stimulus," pre-bailout levels, a move that will save taxpayers $100 billion in the first year alone.

This won't be easy, and if we are truly serious about delivering a smaller, less costly, and more accountable government, Washington will have to change how it thinks and how it does business. That's why the Pledge puts forth a plan to reform Congress and restore public trust. It starts with requiring lawmakers to do their jobs, read the bills, and ensure that all legislation contains clear citations of constitutional authority.

Obama Stays The Course

For his part, President Obama shows no signs of listening to the people and recognizing the need to change course. In recent months, he has proposed more "stimulus" spending, told union audiences he would "keep fighting" for the controversial "card check" bill that would eliminate workers' right to a secret ballot, and signaled he would launch a new push for a job-killing cap-and-trade national energy tax.

The White House is also plotting ways to use the president's "ample regulatory powers" to protect the most unpopular and unaffordable parts of his agenda, including the government takeover of health care that has failed to lower costs as promised. In fact, the Obama administration's own chief actuary for Medicare and Medicaid says the new health care law will raise costs. And millions of Americans are about to be forced out of their health care plans. That's why Republicans' Pledge to America includes a plan to repeal the job-killing health care law and replace it with common-sense reforms focused on lowering costs and protecting American jobs.

Our nation is facing immense challenges. Nearly one in 10 Americans is out of work. We are borrowing 37 cents of every dollar we spend from our kids and grandkids. Americans have record-low confidence in their Congress.

We just can't afford another two years like the past two. With the Pledge to America, Republicans are offering better solutions and a new approach to getting our economy, our government and our country back on track.

John Boehner, R-Ohio, is the House Republican leader.

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