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Posted on August 19, 2010

Today marks the first day of the year that the average American is not working for the government.  According to Americans for Tax Reform, it took 231 days for the average American to “to pay off his or her share of the spending and regulatory burdens imposed by government on the federal, state, and local levels.” 

Due to Washington’s out of control spending habits, the American people each year work more and more days just to pay their share of taxes.  Two years ago, the Cost of Government Day fell on July 16, and in 2009, it occurred on August 11.  Americans for Tax Reform explained, “One of the contributing factors to increased spending is the growth in government payrolls.  The federal workforce totaled 4.4 million employees this year, while the addition of state and local workers brings the total government workforce to 24.315 million employees.”

While hard-working Americans are struggling to make ends meet in this ailing economy, Washington should be easing the financial burden on families by letting them keep more of their salaries through tax cuts.  Instead, Washington continues to increase taxes and spending through programs such as the big-government stimulus.  In order to ensure you don’t spend more days working to fund the government, I have introduced the JOBS Act, which would rescind any unspent dollars from the $1.1 trillion stimulus program and provide real tax cuts to individuals and small businesses.  The Democrats’ tax and spend policies have failed to stimulate the economy.  It’s past time to empower the American people by allowing them to keep more of their hard-earned money.

Posted on August 06, 2010
While the Obama Administration continued their PR campaign, which included an editorial titled “Welcome to Recovery”, another 131,000 Americans lost jobs during the month of July.  Unfortunately for the American people, the liberal Democratic response to these job loss numbers is no different since they assumed leadership of Congress: more spending.  Speaker Pelosi announced the U.S. House of Representatives will reconvene on Tuesday to push a $26 billion stimulus extension and state bailout bill.  Meanwhile, the largest tax increase in U.S. history is still scheduled to occur at the end of this year.

When Congress passed the big-government stimulus last February, the Administration promised the unemployment rate would remain below 8 percent.  By the Administration’s own standards, the stimulus has failed. And the American people have continuously rejected Washington’s attempts to pick winners and losers.  Unfortunately, the liberal leadership in Washington is not listening to the American people.

A small business owner in Northeast Georgia told me last week that looming tax increases and more government regulations continue to hinder her ability to create jobs.   Washington’s tax, spend and borrow polices are merely prolonging our nation’s economic recession.  I have listened to families, entrepreneurs and individuals and introduced the JOBS Act, H.R. 4100.  The JOBS Act would immediately incentivize businesses to create jobs through tax incentivizes.  Families cannot continue to wait another month while liberals continue to push recovery rhetoric that does not match reality.  Washington must act now to relieve families and entrepreneurs from the tax and regulatory burdens hindering a true, economic recovery.
Posted on July 27, 2010

Americans across the country continue to ask the same question:  how does Washington plan to address the ailing economy?  During a tele-town hall I held last night, job creation and the weak economy remained the number one concern for Northeast Georgians.  One lady from the southern portion of my district noted that Washington’s agenda fails to reflect this realty.  Americans are speaking out.  Unfortunately, Washington is not listening.  Instead, Congress is heading home for the next six weeks without considering legislation to prevent a $3.8 trillion tax increase that is scheduled to occur at the end of the year. 

The tax increase would affect all taxpayers, especially small business owners who typically file their business taxes on their personal forms.  In addition to an income tax increase, there would be an increase of capital gains and dividends taxes. 

This tax increase, combined with the regulatory and financial burdens of Obamacare, is a one-two punch that could very well knock out many small businesses who are already struggling to create jobs.  Even Democrats have voiced concern regarding the pending tax increases.  Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) told the Wall Street Journal he opposes a tax increase during the recession.  And Democratic Rep. Michael McMahon said, “We’re not creating jobs, and raising taxes now would not be a great idea.”

Rather than increase taxes on small businesses, I have introduced a plan to incentivize job creation, the JOBS Act, which would place a two year moratorium on capital gains and dividend taxes; reduce the payroll, self employed people, and corporate tax; and provide a two year reduction on the two lowest income tax brackets.

I urge the liberal leadership in Congress to listen to the American people who can’t afford to wait six more weeks for a job.  It is critical that we remove the burdensome regulations and taxes hindering job creation and an economic recovery.

Posted on July 21, 2010

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(Rep. Paul Broun unveils the House Tea Party Caucus.)

As if the runaway spending, borrowing, and bailouts were not enough, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last spring enraged Americans by attempting to discredit the Tea Party movement.  She claimed the millions of Americans who joined rallies in protest of unprecedented spending and higher taxes were nothing more than “astroturf”.  What she failed to understand and continues to deny is that the federal government has overreached its constitutional boundary and the American people are TEA-ed off.  We have been Taxed Enough Already.  Click here to read more... 

 

Posted on July 20, 2010

Last week, representatives of the Obama Administration toured the country to tout the unsuccessful, big-government stimulus.  At the same time the Vice President attempted to sell these expensive failed policies, the President yesterday went to the bully pulpit and urged Congress to extend unemployment benefits.  It appears that this Administration is sending mixed messages.  If the stimulus was so successful, why do we need to increase our debt by billions more for additional unemployment benefits?

By the Administration’s own standards, the stimulus has not worked.  The American people know the stimulus has not worked.  In fact, a recent CBS poll reveals that three-fourths of the American people believe the stimulus failed to improve the economy.

Rather than acknowledge the dismal results of the stimulus, the President and his Administration continue to propose new government programs that increase the deficit and fail to create one job.  During his speech, the President said, the American people “are not looking for a hand-out.  They desperately want to work.  They just can’t find a job.”  The President is absolutely correct.  Washington must focus its efforts on solutions that incentivize long-term job creation.
 
Americans overwhelmingly favor (by 70 percent) the free-enterprise system.  The federal government needs to get out of the way and stop these expensive obstacles to the entrepreneur spirit.  Congress should be removing regulatory barriers and promoting lower taxes that allow individuals and small businesses to keep more of its hard earned money.  The American people understand that we cannot spend our way to prosperity. I introduced the JOBS Act—H.R. 4100—which would provide relief to small businesses so they can create jobs, while also rescinding and recouping all unspent tax dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

I urge the President to reconsider his own words and focus on creating jobs, not a larger national debt.  We need to empower our job creators so we can put Americans back to work. 

Posted on July 14, 2010

As much as 60,000 barrels of oil continue to spill into the Gulf each day.  According to CQToday, local officials in the Gulf are frustrated with the lack of attention to their immediate concerns.  Col. Michael Edmonson, superintendent for the Louisiana State Police and deputy secretary for the state’s Department of Public Safety and Corrections, recently told Congress, “We need the federal government to pay attention to strategies for combating this oil spill from those of us on the front line, and act on them.”  Rather than providing assistance to stop the spill, politicians continue to use this disaster to push a political agenda.

Today, two committees on which I sit, House Committees on Natural Resources and Science and Technology, will consider three pieces of legislation supposedly related to the oil spill.  However, none of these bills address the most urgent needs to stop the spill or help in the recovery.  Instead, these bills contain unrelated items that won’t help the current situation.

We must focus 100 percent of our efforts on stopping the leak and cleaning up the shore.  Once the clean-up has occurred and the victims have been made whole, we can get to the bottom of the explosion.  I find it ironic that Congress is introducing legislation to ensure a spill of this caliber never occurs again before we discover what caused the spill.  We cannot implement an effective solution before we understand what went wrong.  Many individuals have been severely affected by this tragedy.  And I am appalled at Washington’s decision to use the pain and suffering of others to push a political agenda that further harms these victims and ultimately risks preventing another disaster.

Posted on July 13, 2010

Two federal courts have opposed the Obama Administration’s initial drilling ban, and the Administration yesterday announced they will issue a new ban until November 30, 2010.  In addition to the numerous legal concerns, many industry experts and even Congressional Democrats are speaking out against the new ban that will kill jobs and increase our dependence on foreign oil. 

As you may recall, the Department of Interior deceptively mischaracterized a peer-reviewed scientific report in order to justify the initial drilling ban.  When the National Academy of Engineers fought back, they explained in a letter to the Administration that, in fact, a drilling ban “is not the answer. It will not measurably reduce risk further and it will have a lasting impact on the nation's economy which may be greater than that of the oil spill."  And shortly before the Administration made their announcement yesterday, Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. CEO Larry Dickerson explained that many companies will be moving jobs overseas. 

Even some Congressional Democrats understand the dangerous economic impact this ban will have on the Gulf region and our nation.  Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu’s home state of Louisiana has been severely affected by the oil spill and still she warned the Administration that the moratorium will “force thousands of Louisianans into the unemployment line.”

I share these concerns regarding the effects on the economy.  However, I am especially concerned that the Obama Administration has focused more on how he can use this crisis to advance his job killing energy agenda than stopping the leak.  Instead of playing politics to advance a job killing agenda, the Administration should be focused on stopping the leak, cleaning up the oil, and helping the victims who must be made whole from this tragedy.

Posted on July 08, 2010

It took just one day for the U.S. national debt to jump by $165,931,038,264.30, which means each household’s share of the debt increased $1,500 on June 30, according to The Washington Times.  It’s past time to put an end to Washington’s big-spending.  If hardworking families and small businesses are being forced to pinch pennies and tighten their belts, so should Congress.

Unfortunately, the leadership in Congress has not shown a willingness to slow the spending.  In fact, the three largest single-day debt increases have all happened in the last 18 months.  This out-of-control spending has pushed our national debt to a record-high, and liberals have no plan to slow it down.

America’s looming debt crisis is a serious threat to our national security and freedom.  We must implement fiscal discipline to protect our children and grandchildren’s opportunity.  My balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution would ensure Washington does not spend more than it takes in--and put us back on the road towards fiscal responsibility.

Posted on July 02, 2010

President Barack Obama has spent the past month celebrating “Recovery Summer.” With the Labor Department today reporting that 125,000 more individuals lost jobs in June, there is very little reason to celebrate.   

Democrats have had 18 months to spend their way to prosperity.  It hasn’t worked.  Historic spending has led to historic debt, not prosperity.  It’s past time for liberal leaders to accept that economies are not stimulated by more spending, more taxes, and more debt.

Businesses, families and individuals are looking for alternatives to Obamanomics, and I have been offered long-lasting solutions to empower individuals and businesses.  My JOBS Act, H.R. 4100, would provide tax incentives so businesses can keep more of their hard-earned money to create jobs, retain and expands their job force.  The JOBS Act would also rescue all unspent funds from the failed “stimulus.”  Most importantly, it grows the economy without adding one dime to the national debt.

Posted on June 30, 2010

More than 70 days after the deadly explosion aboard a Deepwater Horizon rig, the ongoing situation is getting worse. The leak is not fixed, the oil has reached our beaches, and we still do not know what caused the explosion. Yet, the Administration still continues to pursue their job-killing agenda. Today, U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar appeared before the House Committee on Natural Resources, and I urged him to put politics aside and focus our resources and efforts on the leak, the clean up and the recovery, rather than pursuing new regulations and legislation that has nothing to do with what happened in the Gulf and before all investigations are completed.

Recently, the Department of Interior produced a report titled, Increased Safety Measures for Energy Development on the Outer Continental Shelf. The findings of this report were used to justify an offshore drilling moratorium in the Gulf. Shortly after the report was released, we discovered that the Administration had manipulated the recommendations of peer-reviewers from the National Academy of Engineering in order to pursue a ban on offshore drilling.

This misrepresentation demonstrates a troublesome pattern of how this Administration views the role of science and technology relating to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. This is not the first time that this Administration’s scientific integrity has been questioned. In addition, it appears that these politically-motivated actions have become a bad habit with how the Administration has dealt with the Gulf oil spill. The Administration’s misdirected focus during this crisis reeks of political opportunism.

During today’s hearing, I asked Secretary Salazar to share with the Committee the methods used to produce the report in question, and also requested a timely response to the letter I sent him last week investigating this manipulation of science. As Ranking Member of the House Committee on Science and Technology’s Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee, I also requested that all documents and drafts relating to this report also be given to Congress.

Former President Bill Clinton was right when he said that our priorities must be to stop the leak, keep the oil away from our beaches, minimize the damage from the oil that reaches the shore, and find out who did what wrong and hold them accountable – but we must do the first three first. And of course, we should not forget the victims who must be made whole from this tragedy.