A better plan for jobs

By John Boehner
The Washington Post
Friday, December 11, 2009

During a meeting at the White House this week, House Republican leaders presented President Obama with a plan to create jobs and get our economy moving again. It is a responsible blueprint for action based on common-sense solutions that recognize that small business, not government, is the engine of job creation in America.

Republicans took the opportunity to question the impact of the president’s proposals to raise taxes on small businesses and expand government at a time of double-digit unemployment. Unfortunately, instead of addressing our concerns, the president said that Republicans are primarily interested in unemployment because of the 2010 midterm elections, and that we seem to be almost rooting against recovery. I told the president very directly that everyone — Republicans and Democrats — wants to get people back to work.

The president also accused Republicans of “scaring” the American people, but the truth is that double-digit unemployment is scaring people and his job-killing agenda is making it worse.

American families and small businesses face daunting economic challenges. Instead of receiving relief from Washington, they have watched with anxiety this year as the government has focused on implementing a takeover of health care, a “cap-and-trade” national energy tax, “card check” legislation for union membership and more tax increases.

Leader Boehner’s article continues at WaPo.

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