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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato (429-347 BC)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Getting Arkansas' First District Back to Work

Rep. Rick Crawford
Rep. Rick Crawford, Opt-Ed: While Congress is stalemated over fixing our debt problem, millions of unemployed Americans are asking why we aren’t focused on jobs. There are diverse opinions on how to solve our fiscal crisis, but we can all agree economic growth is key to both reducing the debt and creating jobs. Economic progress should start with three basic principles: overhauling our complex tax system, scrapping unneeded regulations, and encouraging domestic energy production.

The recent jobs report was abysmal. The economy is at a standstill and the unemployment rate has been stubbornly stuck above eight percent for 28 consecutive months. In a speech to car manufacturers, President Barack Obama likened the job numbers to “bumps in the road to recovery.”

The president’s remarks are insincere for two reasons. First, the “bumps” he referenced are the failed policies of a broken Washington. Second, under President Obama’s tenure, the bumps in the road have turned into potholes.

Ironically, while the president is scratching his head about the struggling economy, the answer is right in front of his face. All he needs to do is ask the people who led the way in every economic recovery this country has seen: small business owners.

A quick look at history will give you all the answers you need. During the period of economic prosperity following the late 1980s, three-fourths of job creation was generated by small businesses.

How did this happen?

It was the new-found ability for businesses to access capital. When President Ronald Reagan lowered tax rates, it unleashed a massive amount of investment in the private sector because businesses could stretch their dollar without facing excessively high taxes. Increased access to capital led to investment, which created jobs.

In the House of Representatives, my conservative colleagues and I have a plan. The plan is to spur economic growth in a similar fashion by reducing overall tax rates, broadening the tax base, and eliminating unfair tax deductions and credits that favor companies with powerful teams of Washington lobbyists.

As the hardworking people of the First District know, the government makes it harder on job creators by bogging them down with burdensome regulations. Farmers are facing skyrocketing compliance costs due to the overreaching Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A prime example of job-killing policies is the EPA's outrageous proposal to heavily regulate farm dust under the Clean Air Act. This regulation alone threatens thousands of agriculture-related jobs – hitting Arkansas especially hard.

As a Member of the Committee on Agriculture, I’ve heard testimony from various regulators on policies that place an unfair burden on job creators. When asked how much consideration they give to the effect proposed regulations have on jobs, they cannot provide an answer at all.

The President has no reason to be surprised by a high unemployment rate when his own agency appointees don’t even evaluate the economic consequences of their actions.

Perhaps the most costly problem affecting businesses - along with the wallets of nearly every American - is outrageous gas prices. The average household is forced to spend over $300 per month on fuel. As oil prices doubled during the Obama presidency, what has he done to address this growing cost on American families and businesses? He places a drilling moratorium on the Gulf Coast and travels to Brazil publicly stating that America would like to be “their best customer.”

Since my arrival in Congress, I voted in favor of two measures that encourage oil exploration in the United States. Unfortunately, these bills are held up in the Senate, where too often good bills go to die.

As a Member of Congress who was elected to steer our country back on track, my top priority remains getting Arkansans back to work. And that begins by scaling back the reach of government and enacting policies that allow the economy to grow.

With unemployment hovering at an unacceptable rate, one thing is clear: We cannot drag our feet any longer. The time to act is now.
In 2010, Rick became the first Republican ever elected to represent Arkansas’s First Congressional District since Reconstruction, and he is honored to serve on the Agriculture and Transportation & Infrastructure Committees in the 112th Congress. Rick and his wife Stacy, also an ASU graduate, live in Jonesboro with their two children.

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Anonymous Michael Ross Huffman said...

We would be a Republican state now, except for two reasons: Little Rock and the Delta!

Anonymous Dorothy Crockett said...

We are working on it! We are so proud to have Congressman Crawford as our First Congressional District Congressman!

Anonymous Jason Stark said...

‎"We would be a Republican state now........."
Little Rock and Corruption, Voter Fraud and apathy in the Delta!

Anonymous Michael Ross Huffman said...

We are making strides, (used to live in Marianna)!

Anonymous Connie Pace said...

It wasn't just the delta area that put Beebe back in office and defeated Jim Keet, thank you.

Anonymous Michael Ross Huffman said...

True, but I didn't vote for him, I congratulate everyone in Arkansas who did vote for Keet, but not to sound racialistic, it is no secret who the blacks voted for!

Anonymous Connie Pace said...

That is where education comes into the picture. Never stop stating facts. Never let a fallacy go unchallenged.

Anonymous Michael Ross Huffman said...

Connie would love 2 see blacks vote Republican, will they? We can hope, but in reality, don't see it

Anonymous Connie Pace said...

If you think that just blacks are voting for democrats in this state you are delusional.

Anonymous Michael Ross Huffman said...


If you talk to them, their Republican and dont know it or wont admit it, got several friends like that, love em anyway

Blogger Bill Smith said...

Dorothy, Thank you for sharing this post. And I appreciate everyone's comments. Connie, I agree - blacks as well as whites have lived too long under Plantation politics in Arkansas and now many have said enough is enough. Consider the TEA Party and Patriot groups. Both blacks and whites want a fair and equal treatment at the political table and in their lives and and we have not had this for over 136 years in Arkansas. But a new day has dawned. We as conservatives need to reach out to our neighbors and invite them to "righting" our state. Who would have thought, that we would be the only Southern state supporting Obamacare and other progressive liberal causes. Everyone have a great 4th of July!

Anonymous Connie Pace said...

Especially since we so soundly trounced Obama when he ran......

Anonymous Dorothy Crockett said...

I look forward to reading your blog each morning. As most of you know, Jim Keet was my candidate for Governor. Had he have been successful, our state would look different. We have the liberal news media to thank for Beebe's support for Obama care and every other program the Washington DC liberals are pushing. We can't change 2010 but we can make a difference in 2012~!

Anonymous Connie Pace said...


Anonymous Michael Ross Huffman said...

I voted unashamedly for Jim Keet, and am very ashamed our state under Mike Beebe went with 0bamacare, if this doesn't wake Arkansas up, what will?

Anonymous Connie Pace said...

Shake them 'til their teeth rattle?????


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