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Cantor: Job Creation — A Priority Both Sides Can Agree On

Sep 09, 2011 | Posted by Team Cantor

Richmond Times-Dispatch
Eric Cantor
September 09, 2011

Last night, President Obama spoke to the nation about the jobs crisis facing America. Today, we will both be in Richmond speaking about job creation – no doubt a priority we would both agree is the most important issue facing the commonwealth and our country as a whole.

While I appreciate the president’s renewed focus on jobs, the fact is that we have different opinions on the best way to actually produce them. For example, during the first days of his administration, I tried to work with President Obama on a bipartisan approach to economic growth. At that time, we argued that a large, deficit-financed, government stimulus bill was not the best way to improve our economic situation or create sustainable job growth. Given the net loss of 1.7 million jobs from the economy and the stimulus’s failure to keep unemployment under 8 percent, as the administration claimed it would, we disagree with some who want to repeat the same mistakes. There is a better way.

Since January, I have been squarely focused on jobs and economic growth. My colleagues and I have put forth a comprehensive jobs plan and have passed more than a dozen pro-growth measures designed to create jobs. Unfortunately, only one of these jobs measures has been considered by the Democrat-controlled Senate.

This fall, the House will help small-business people and job creators by voting to repeal some of the excessive federal regulations that are preventing them from hiring workers. Without question, some regulations are necessary for safety and to protect our citizens’ rights. But there are also regulations that unnecessarily increase costs across the board, particularly for millions of small-business people who are the primary job creators in America. The Obama administration currently is considering hundreds of new regulatory actions that are each estimated to cost our economy $100 million or more.

It was a welcome sign that last week, the president acknowledged the harm these regulations can cause and agreed to our request for the EPA to withdraw its new draft ozone regulations, which could have cost $90 billion. I hope this is the first of many steps that we can take together to reduce excessive regulation that is hampering job growth.

Another area for agreement could be common-sense initiatives to repair and improve our infrastructure. Currently, states such as Virginia are required to set aside 10 percent of their surface-transportation funds. These funds are required to be used on projects like transportation museums, educational programs for pedestrians and the operation of historic transportation facilities. While some of these may be worthy projects, the federal government often cannot distinguish the most pressing needs for an individual state. These are dollars that we could use on projects of greater importance without adding to our deficit. This would prioritize the way transportation money is invested, giving governors more flexibility and control over the types of projects that best suit their citizens.

Last night, the president also spoke extensively about extending the payroll tax. To be clear, in the current economic climate, no American should face a tax increase. Eight months ago, I supported a compromise that included payroll tax relief to ensure that tax rates remained the same for everyone. That said, the president should also look at some of our proposals that are more likely to spur the economic growth needed for jobs. Specifically, allowing small-business people to take a tax deduction equal to 20 percent of their income would immediately free up funds for them to reinvest and grow their businesses and retain and hire new employees.

We must focus on the long-term unemployed, especially in some minority communities where more than one in four African-Americans are unemployed. Nearly two years ago, I suggested to the president that we should reform our unemployment system to immediately help those who have been out of work for too long. A program that has already produced results on the state level called “Georgia Works” could serve as a blueprint for unemployment insurance reform on the national level. This program connects employers and job seekers in a way that leads to permanent employment.

Finally, manufacturers need our help. The more that they are able to export, the more they produce. The more that those manufacturers produce, the more workers they need. This means job creation. We can immediately expand markets for Virginia small businesses and manufacturers by passing three pending trade agreements, with Colombia, Panama and South Korea, which would – according to the Obama administration – support the creation of 250,000 jobs.

Today, both the president and I will be in Richmond to talk about our top priority – creating jobs. There will be some areas where we agree, and some where we don’t. Good people can disagree. But Virginians, like most Americans, expect us to act responsibly and work together so that the economy can grow and people can get back to work. In a divided government, we shouldn’t allow our differences to prevent us from making progress on areas where we can agree. Focusing on areas of common ground will provide real results for the tens of millions of Americans currently out of work or struggling paycheck to paycheck. I stand ready to work with the president to get the economy back on track. I hope the president shows a willingness to do the same.

 

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31 Responses to “Cantor: Job Creation — A Priority Both Sides Can Agree On”

September 9, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Posted by Delores

You have done an amazing job so far, so just keep up the good work you are doing. We here in virginia are extremely proud of you for all of your efforts.

September 9, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Posted by Luanne Bragg

Some points in the President’s speech last night were good, some were not. I am one of the millions who are unemployed/underemployed in the Commonwealth of Virginia at this time. I am college educated and have extensive work experience.

Not enough emphasis is being given to the fact that Large American Companies have shipped many jobs out of this Country. These Companies do not deserve any tax breaks of any kind. Bring the jobs back to the US, when they do then they could be granted tax savings.

On the subject of imports, using the example of cars the President used. Bring down the fist. For every foreign car we allow to be brought to the US for sale one American made car must be exported to that Country. Knowing that most foreign car producers do not want to see that happen they will either follow the way of Toyota (for example) and start building their cars here or not sent as many imports to our shores would in turn put more of a demand on the US made autos.

September 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Posted by Terri

I work at a place where 70% of the workforce is composed of Contractors. A great majority of these
are Indian. A lot of the work is being outsourced to India as well. We have people here in the states,
American citizens that are qualified and need jobs. What can we do to encourage companies to
hire American citizens rather than all of these foreigners? Tax incentives? I have not seen any
representative or Congressman suggest anything for American citizens…………..I have seen incentives to hire the long time unemployed and veterans………but not plain old American citizens………..

Thanks.

September 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Posted by Katy Spier

It comes as no surprise that his great idea is to simply spend more money. no acknowledgement that the prior stimulus was a total failure…but then, with the level of arrogance he has, it is expected. I find his dictatorial “my way or the highway” attitude especially disturbing, and hope beyond hope he can be defeated in 2012.

I also have great hopes that Congress will start doing its job. Congressional approval is at an all-time low, but then, Congress has made decisions that infuriate most Americans. You have your own healthcare (we are stuck with his mandate); you have your own pension system (we are stuck with social security); you can vote your own pay raises (we are lucky to get a 1% raise a year and are grateful for that).

Congress is out of control. It should have term limits, and be recognized that it is a SERVICE to this country, and not a lifestyle. Members of Congress take far too many privileges, leaving us to pay for them. I am a die-hard Republican, but will also stand up and say that Congress has created and/or enabled much of the mess we are in.

I believe I speak for many when I say that America is frustrated at the whole mess.

September 9, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Posted by Peggy Mierenfeld

Thank you Mr. Cantor for you hard work for us and our country. You are the man that has helped our President not get away with his class warfare rhetoric. I know you are always ready to do the right thing for your constituents and our country. GOD BLESS

September 9, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Posted by Sue

The negative repurcussions of Obamacare on employers needs to be considered. Why would anyone want to hire new employees if they know they will be punished for not providing health insurance, whose costs once Obamacare really kicks in are completely unknown?

September 9, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Posted by Chris Fetty

I think it is about time that Congress and the President stop thinking about elections and start focusing on fixing the problems of this country. If everyone would take their stripes off at the door and start acting responsibly, you all could figure out the solution in a few days. It’s not complicated; we need more jobs that drive more economic value, that lead to income generation, which leads to higher government revenue. Couple this with reducing the grossly inefficient government spending engine and you have the beginnings of a correction.

Start by simplify the revenue collection – a flat tax that eliminates all of the complicated, and easily manipulated deductions (a side note is that I benefit from these deductions, but would gladly give them up to simplify the whole process).

Next, lower the corporate tax rate. A payroll tax deduction is smoke and mirrors. The assumption is that every employed American will take their extra $20 per paycheck and go out and spend it. Give people money that do not believe they will have a job in 3 months they are going to put it in the bank or the cookie jar. Give companies a 5% tax reduction and you immediately infuse companies with capital that can be spent on job creation, whether through direct hiring or the purchasing of products and services. Give Bank of America a 5% tax break and you might save those 40,000 jobs. Even for the company I work for, a 5% tax break means hiring two more employees.

I am a long time Republican, but I don’t have a problem with a slight tax increase on the Wealthy (my definition is those earning more than $500,000 in a year, not the $250,00 that gets used a lot). It’s also time to make sure everyone in this country contributes to the cause. I am not sure the exact number, but I heard something like 40% of Americans don’t pay federal income taxes, yet that 40% probably represents over 80% of the people leveraging government services. We need to institute a consumption tax that ensures all Americans pay their fair share. By the very nature of a 2-3% tax, those making the most money will still be paying the most as they spend the most, but at least this way everyone pays their share.

The government should be no different than any family or small business that has been going through this recession. These families and businesses have to make very tough decisions around their expense structure. They have bills to pay and have to figure out ways to pay those bills. They don’t have a printing press. It is about time we hold our government, our President, and our Congress to the same standards they hold us to. Fiscal responsibility. We need to eliminate wasteful spending, pet projects, and special interests. Let’s start doing what is best for our country and not what is best for a political party.

The President and all three parties clam to want bipartisan actions, yet this is simply politics at its best. I elected leaders not campaigners. Leadership is not doing what is easy and popular to ensure personal gain. Leadership is doing what is right and necessary no matter what the personal sacrifice entails. So I leave you, the Republican party, the Democratic party, the Independents, and the President with a final thought – START LEADING.

September 9, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Posted by Emily Armstrong

If I can see that what you are saying makes sense in order to create jobs, why can’t the President? Then it dawned on me that it is because he doesn’t want to see it.

I’m 81 years old and disgusted with what has happened in our country. There is no appreciation for how we got here as a nation. Schools don’t teach history the way I learned it. I watch people like Jay Leno ask a person in college, “Who is the Vice-president or who is the Secretary of State and they can’t answer. Ask them what a blog is and they answer immediately. If they don’t know current events and don’t know history how can we survive like that.

I makes great sense that we have to watch out for small business and the first way to do that is Repeal Obama care and save the country a big bunch of money. Next, employers would feel more relaxed about what the impact of hiring would mean to them. They don’t know from one day to another what new regulations will cause them a problem if they do hire. Stop regulating and taxing them to death. No one is going to hire if it means possibly more money out of their pocket.. KEEP FIGHTING FOR WHAT WE BELIEVE IN AND DON’T COMPROMISE US AWAY.

I think you have done a great job so far and so has the Speaker, but it is awfully hard to do anything with an immovable object. Any compromise now from the other side is for pre-election effect and can be changed after they win if they want. to. I believe they will do just that. Sorry, I don’t trust the other side.

Hold the line and stick to what you think and know is best for America. God Bless

September 9, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Posted by Bruce

Eric,
I agree that small business is the primary creator of jobs in America.
So why are we so cavalier about corporate mergers?
They are invariably financed, at least in part, by firing workers.
These workers more and more stay on unemployment welfare for longer and longer periods of time, costing the taxpayers increasing amounts of tax dollars.

I propose a corporate merger tax which would pay the unemployment welfare benefits for all employees laid off due to the merger. This would remove the cost of the unemployment benefits from the taxpayers to the corporations, making it less desirable for them to merge, thus keeping more workers on the payroll.

I would appreciate your response to ke4gfm@verizon.net.

Respectfully,
Bruce Powell

September 9, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Posted by Noel Douglas

Thank you for your continued support of all Virginians and especially the active duty military and our veterans.
Request some oversight on the excessive spending and explain all the aspects of the Obamacare as it pertains to the hidden costs (some say in excess of 1.5Trillion). Request verify this cost and let everyone know, if it is true.
Jobs are important and should be a focus area but why have jobs moved out of this country? Is is because of labor unions or company CEO’s wanting larger profits or both. Cut the tax breaks for taking jobs out of this country along with some union control and maybe companies will again produce in this country and provide jobs for Americans. I am tired of seeing everything with a “made in China” label.

September 9, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Posted by Donna Creasy

I liked the President’s ideas…it’s time to end corporate welfare. Small businesses are where new jobs will be created.

September 9, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Posted by Amy F

I have never doubted your commitment to improving our economy and productivity, and I support the policies you’ve outlined. It is important to make sure Americans know that the conservative patriots in our government have specific plans and stand ready to enact legislation to get our nation back from the brink of disaster. And, most important, to do that without spending more money we don’t have, regulating our companies into extinction, and taxing us to death.

September 9, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Posted by Douglas Duvigneaud

If the Government wants to create decent, high paying jobs, it could impose a “significant” tax on corporations for each “near shore / off shore” person they are paying for through companies providing these services.

If there are not enoough “skilled” workers, then additional jobs would be created to train them – a double win!

September 9, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Posted by Regis Wyatt

Eric, great job, keep up the pressure and the smart ideas !

once we have the Senate and the Presidency can we please start talking about the Connie Mack “penny” plan to get our deficits under control. Everybody can understand reducing spending by 1% per year.

We need to repeal the automatic 7% spending increases first.

September 9, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Posted by Myra Wynn

The creation of small business is nice, but until we provide incentives for the large, blue chip companies to keep jobs in this country, we are still going to have a limited number of jobs that don’t pay very well. When manufacturing left this country, it started going down the tubes. No longer could “Average Joe American” earn enough to support his family, buy a home or new car or the latest gadgets that supported jobs in all sectors. These large companies paid people who weren’t going to be doctors, lawyers, electricians, etc. Then large companies got greedy and decided to keep profits for the CEOs at the expense of cutting costs in labor and sending jobs overseas to China and India. We need to get THESE companies back. They employ more people and pay better than small business or the service / retail jobs we got stuck with. Look at how well the average Chinese person is living these days!

September 9, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Posted by teddy wu

we lived in a different era now. by the riples of out sourcing. the growth has shifted into asia, south america, even over the uk’s. due to cheaper labor costs and operational costs. many jobs that lost by the manufactures are not coming back. the jobs in many of our industry will be force to cut coz of technology. as a nation of super power, our leaders need to look else where to the next millenium. you saw the game last nite between the packers and the saints…no time on the clock…score 42-34 packers and saints have the ball for one more play on the one yard line…saints called the draw-running play? their run didnt really work all nite; why?

September 10, 2011 at 3:14 am | Posted by Marjorie Wells

Though it would raise prices to return manufacturing to America, it would provide hundreds of thousands of jobs. We Americans can get by spending a bit more, especially if for luxuries that we can do without, but we can’t get by with no income at all. Small businesses are failing and closing in Richmond and elsewhere, but they do not claim they are closing because of taxes. They say they are closing because they aren’t getting enough customers.

September 10, 2011 at 3:38 am | Posted by Malcolm Trevor

I hope you will seriously work with the President to create jobs. Please accept some of his ideas as well as just agreeing to those you like. Some of his ideas are very good and I believe his heart is in the right place. Good luck.

September 10, 2011 at 3:45 am | Posted by Susan

While we desperately need to improve job prospects for the unemployed, throwing more stimulus money at the problem is not in our national best interest. Republicans should not acquiesce to the president’s “pass it fast” and other scare tactics. Too many agendas (health reform, e.g.) have been slam dunked before the full intent of content could be examined.
Further, why is it so many economic relief proposals seem to focus on cuts to Social Security and Medicare–even if it is in the form of reduced payroll taxes. Why are seniors continually expected to shoulder this burden when Social Security coffers have already been raided to fund failing economic platforms of previous administrations. Not only were funds “stolen” from the savings accounts of workers (neither principal nor interest repaid), but remaining funds continue to be fair game to fix subsequent administrations’ failed economic policies. Any day now I expect to see a proposal to fund an “euthenasia” pill for citizens over 50; then they won’t need jobs, health care or any services beyond funiary services.

September 10, 2011 at 6:03 am | Posted by Howard Wolf

It seems to me, though I haven’t had a business wherein I had to hire employees, that a tax break should be given those business persons that hire and a further tax break for those who provide health insurance to their employees. The payroll taxes that multiple employees pay should be contribution enough to national revenue.

September 10, 2011 at 11:23 am | Posted by Linda Greenberg

No more government bail outs. Let private enterprise recover. Every time Obama “helps” he hinders the return of prosperity. Please stop the wasting away of our country’s ability and strengths.

Linda Greenberg
Alexandria VA 22304

September 10, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Posted by Paul Zentmyer

Mr. Cantor,
While I think you are doing a good job for Virginians I believe that there is too much talk about job stimulus and not enough being done by the government to improve jobs in this country. Our manufacturing base has all but disappeared in this country. Service companies are being allowed to moved their call centers overseas. Foreign products are being allowed to flood our markets. Our produce is being pick, in our own fields, by immigrant laborers some of which are illegal. I’m sure there are a few more examples I could give you as to why we are having a problem with jobs in this country but I’m also sure that you are more than aware of them. Congress and the President can’t just simply pick up a pen, sign a document and jobs will appear out of thin air. Companies are bailing out of this company because of lower labor costs overseas, less restrictive foreign laws and standards, tax advantages, etc. These are the things that are causing our labor forces to shrink.

We have to make it harder for companies to want to move overseas by easing up on regulations, paying fair wages and giving tax breaks to those that deserve them. On the last issue, I believe that any company that has greater than 60% of their work force overseas should not get any tax breaks, status of being a US company and should pay higher tariffs and import taxes. Foreign companies should not be given any tax or import breaks either. How can our companies compete if they don’t see the advantage of being a US owned company?

When I say “fair wages” I do not mean that wages need to be increased for the sake of getting people to work. Wages should be at a level that people can live on comfortably, give them the ability to save for their future and not be excessive to make up for union dues or other benefits.

From my understanding of the tax laws, and I know I don’t understand everything about them, the original income tax was on businesses and not on individuals’ wages. If this is true then I’m sure somewhere along the way the businesses cried foul so the law was adjusted to include everyone else too. Cut the taxes to individuals not corporations. When corporations are making billions in profit each year and they are receiving huge tax breaks from the government and their employees are barely getting by there is something wrong with the system. It has to be made fair and balanced so that everyone profits. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe in “sharing the wealth.” Just the opposite. I believe that people should earn what they get and that those in truly dire need should be given a helping hand but not by the federal government but by their communities.

My wife and I own a small business yet I don’t see where there is any true help out there for small business. There is the talk but no action is tied to it. Beefing up and supporting small businesses will lead to the greater need for manufacturing increases here in the country, a greater employment need and so on. It’s the snowball effect. As the snowball rolls it gets bigger and bigger. Now, I don’t believe in just a blanket support for small businesses. They also have to do their part by providing the products, services and materials needed by the consumers. There shouldn’t be any free rides.

When the government makes these changes then we will be seriously back on the road to recovery. These are not difficult concepts to grasp. One last thing, we as a nation need to either start thinking outside the box or expand the size of the box and bring in some fresh new ideas or at least revisit some of the older reliable concepts and methods. What’s the saying? If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

    September 10, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Posted by Paul Zentmyer

    In the sentence: “Companies are bailing out of this company because of lower labor costs overseas, less restrictive foreign laws and standards, tax advantages, etc.” I meant to say, Companies are bailing out of this “country”. Sorry for the slip.

September 10, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Posted by Chas

The underlying issue is that both you and the President are starting with the false assumption that our elected officiials can do anything to create jobs. Stop’ trying to compete in the public media with a person who is absolutely ciueless as to how jobs are created – using his terms – for example – “tax credits”. I am a small business owner – I don”t make my hiring decisions based on payroll tax credits.

Don’t complicate your message by trying to look like you are doing something – keep it simple:

Government is not a partner with business – its role related to business is simple to describe – INVISIBLE!!!!

September 10, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Posted by carl keller

i hope you get behind the extension of the payroll tax cuts for for employees and employers, and extend unemployment benifits for people and redue the tax code to make to a flat tax

September 10, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Posted by Pamela

I support term limits and flat tax rate. Make it equitable for everyone. close the corporate loopholes and lower the tax rate.one person is not to blame for the mess of this country. the constant bickering in congress and the good ole boy mentality is one problem

September 11, 2011 at 12:23 am | Posted by Eeva K. Carico

Dear Congressman Cantor
We do have a big problem.
I was hoping that the Rebuplican Party could fix something for the better, but somehow I do not believe that the Rebuplican’s have done enough, each party just blaming the other then the fix is organizing special committees (Gang of 6″), etc. to solve problems. And still nothing happens… just talk, talk and waste of time.
I’m so tired of hearing about this green energy deal, the working low income people or middle class Americans can not afford a green energy saving deal. Who canm buy light bulbs that cost $15-$30 each?…and many of them are loaded with poisionous Mercury.
Energy saving car’s, that a laugh, maybe you don’t have to get gasoline that much, but you still have to use electricity that costs about $150 a month to our electric bill.
I’m upset about the military Commissary high prices too. Commissarry costs have doubled since the Democrats took over. The excuses at that time was because of high oil prices, but when prices came down, food prices just continued to increase.
Talking about the scholls, 75 % of education funding goes to anything but the teachers and students needs…buldings and all sorts of administration costs (labor unions) get the biggest cuts of that pie… Something is wrong with this picture.
Now that Congress gave all that stimulus money to banks and to Freddie Mac (FM) and Fanny May (FM), what is Congress doing to right that mistake. What will Congress’ investigation cause to the effort of shutting down the Democrat support for FM and FM
Again, it looks like FM and FM gets off the hook and you’re considering giving them even more money to waste. This has to stop NOW! Goverment MUST GET OUT OF RUNNING and RUINING businesses.
The only thing that goverment shoutd took care of is our national defense, tragedy assistance, and keeping your hands out of the Social Security, Military, Medicade, and Veterans benefits.

You must also stop cold all of the foreign aid to countries that are obvious anti-American and stop suppoirting the UN.
We are not a Super Nation any more, when we must resot to borrowing money from other Country’s..especially Communist China! ….and the absolutely idiotic decision to give China money to study Hookers and condoms is a crime
You need to tell Americans how much money the Democrats took from Medicaid to do abortions…….
You also need to investigae all Unions and their corruption and illegal influences. …and stop cold the loop hole that allow big companies like GE to not pay taxes and move jobs to China. Why dowe have laws (Immigration for example) and not enforce them?
I’m sure many people feel the same way, that I do and you probably are getting letters like this all the time, but this is what’s on my mind and you need to hear it because my opinions are shared my millions of voting Americans.
Seem’s to me, that most Representatives and Senators are in it for their re-elections…not for the good of the people.
Thank you for allowing me this freedom to vent with a Leader who i deeply respect.

Sincerely,

Eeva C.

September 11, 2011 at 12:27 am | Posted by Al Gabriel

My understanding is that currently industries receive tax credits. They are outsourcing jobs overseas and in many instances are building factories/facilities in other countries. There are two ways to approach my solution. One is to take these tax credits away and give them tax credits for factories/facilities they build and operate in our country leading to more jobs here OR let them keep the credits they have and increase them when they do the previous leading to more jobs and better economy.

Your thoughts?

September 11, 2011 at 1:31 am | Posted by Wendellyn Routhier

I was at UofR for President Obama’s speech yesterday. I just wanted to encourage you to stick to your principles of limited government and free enterprise, no matter what the “mob” says to do.

September 11, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Posted by Vernon R. Hodge

Dear Mr. Cantor:
Thank you for your roll in getting us back on track in the jobs arena as well as many other areas of public concern. We know you are on the right path and earning your pay while working on our behalf: and living up to your promises to represent your voters.
I have a son who is 42 years old and has been out of work for over 2 years. He was in the construction
business and it has slowed so much that even the helper construction workers are not needed in this area.
Once, Richmond was an area that was rich in jobs. Philip Morris, Reynolds Metals, Inc., American Tobacco, DuPont, A.H.Robins Co..major railroads, Richmond Port Authority, small and large manufacturers, mom and pop markets, just to name a few. Folks came here from all areas and walks of life to participate in our job wealth. If you couldn’t get a job in Richmond, you couldn’t get a job anywhere in America! Look at us now!!! After LBJ, Jimmy Carter and Clinton, the tobacco companies, DuPont, Reynolds Metals, Inc., A.H.Robins Co., the Port Authority and manufacturers large and small were all crippled by actions of the regulations of these three. Now, we have to contend with the most liberal of them all, along with his cohorts, Reid and Peloshi.
What can Congress do to bring back jobs? Do exactly what you are doing now, but eye legislation to make Virginia more friendly to manufacturers to come back to Virginia. Richmond is a “gateway city” north and south. It can again be a hub for production and movement of goods in all four directions!
In a nutshell, taxes and regulations need to be reduced to entice business back to Virginia. If Fed regs are reduced affecting Virginia, I feel sure the state legislature will join in. The rest of the country should have their representatives work for their state. We did not send them to congress. We sent you.
Virginia can once again be the leader, copied by other states if manufacturing is brought back. For jobs, nothing works better than manufacturing plants. Made in America, made in VIRGINIA is what is needed.

September 12, 2011 at 1:12 am | Posted by Doris

Ways to reduce debt is close our borders, take ALL illegal aliens off of ALL social services, abolish that stinking anchor baby debacle, abolish :chain: immigration where they bring their elderly over here and put in our nursing homes on Medicaid and have never paid one cent into the kitty, STOP refurbishing mosques all over the world, repeal OBAMACARE, and put a cap on travel expense for the elected officials in DC, cut it in half and save 7.5 BILLION a year. abolish planned parenthood, NPR and PBS. There are a lot more ways too balance the budget.