Tuesday, December 27, 2011

EDITORIAL >> Griffin’s top priority is creating more jobs


My top priority is fighting for policies that encourage private-sector job creation in Arkansas, and the more than 900 votes I’ve cast this year reflect that focus. I have hosted more than 25 town halls as well as a “jobs conference” that brought together Arkansas job creators to discuss the challenges they face.

Their message is crystal clear: Uncertainty kills job creation by discouraging risk taking and investment.

What’s causing this confidence-crushing uncertainty? (1) Our overly-complicated tax code; (2) Government over-regulation of job creators; and (3) A ballooning national debt.

The U.S. House of Representatives has enacted its jobs plan by passing bills to reduce uncertainty, but these bills are stacking up like cord wood in the Senate. The House has led. President Obama and the Senate should join us.

President Obama talks about closing loopholes, but months ago the House acted. We are fighting for comprehensive tax reform to close loopholes, and consolidate and reduce rates for Arkansans and job creators to make the tax code simpler, fairer and flatter. We need tax reform to grow the economy and create jobs.

The House has led by including sweeping, bold tax reform in its budget in April. The President and Senate should join us.

The President talks about regulatory reform, but it’s just talk. Reasonable regulation is necessary, but the Obama Administration continues to over-regulate job creators. The House has acted by pushing for common-sense regulatory reform.

For example, I introduced H.R. 3194, the Job Creation and Regulatory Freeze Act, which would put a moratorium on all new major federal regulations until Jan. 20, 2013, and give job creators the certainty they need to begin creating jobs again.

The House is pushing to put some reason into regulation. The President and Senate should join us.

The House passed a budget in April that reduces spending and eliminates the deficit. The President’s budget spends us to bankruptcy, and the Senate has not passed a budget since April 29, 2009. We must pay down our debt and stop using China as a credit card. $200 billion a year in interest payments is money that could have been spent on critical needs such as infrastructure or cancer research. The House has led to address our debt. The Senate and the President should join us.