Portman: Senate GOP Jobs Plan Will Restore Economy
By Sandy Fitzgerald
March 08, 2014
A seven-point plan proposed by Senate Republicans will spark economic recovery in the United States, reduce unemployment rates, and help tighten the gap between wealthy and poor people, Sen. Rob Portman says in this week's GOP address.
The Jobs for America Plan, the Ohio Republican said Saturday, "starts by getting government out of the way where we need to, whether it's healthcare, regulations, or taxation."
Experts said five years ago the recession had ended, but for millions of people, the nation's economic downturn has continued.
"We’re living through the weakest economic recovery since World War II, and a lot of folks are struggling to make ends meet," said Portman. "Unemployment remains stubbornly high; the number of long-term unemployed is actually at record levels."
"The wealthy are doing just fine in the Obama economy," said Portman. But declining paychecks and with rising costs of healthcare, college education and even a tank of gas, "this middle class squeeze is strangling the American Dream."
He pointed out out that 11 million Americans have given up looking for work altogether, and the average family is "now bringing home $4,000 less than they did just five years ago.
The Obama administration's policies aren't working, said Portman, because "Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress believed we could spend our way to prosperity, and I guess they still do."
But despite some saying that "fewer people working, smaller middle-class paychecks, bigger government, never-ending deficits and record debt piled on our kids and grandkids" is the "new normal," Portman said it's time to trust the American people again.
"That’s what’s at the heart of Jobs for America, a seven-point plan put forward by Senate Republicans to bring back opportunity, spark an economic recovery and restore to every American a shot at the American Dream," said Portman. "It starts by getting government out of the way where we need to, whether it’s healthcare, regulations, or taxation.
For example, said Portman, it's clear to "just about everybody, maybe except the president" that Obamacare isn't working.
"Let’s replace Obamacare with reforms that put you back in charge of your own healthcare," said Portman. "Decisions about your health should be between you and your doctor, not a bureaucrat and an insurance company. Let’s expand choice, rather than limiting it. Let’s create jobs, instead of destroying them. And let’s bring down the costs instead of driving them up."
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