There are two editions of Straight Talk with Sam here. I am running a little behind in getting these posted to the blog. The first one is from Labor Day 9/7 and addresses the issue of job growth.

Focusing on Job Growth

Labor Day traditionally means the end of summer and the beginning of football season. It’s also a good time to assess the health of our economy.

Last week, the Department of Labor released its monthly jobs report. Our nation’s unemployment rate has jumped to 9.7 percent, a 26-year high. In the month of August alone, 216,000 Americans lost their job. Since February of 2009, over 2.4 million private-sector jobs have been lost.

I have long said that government does not create jobs. I do, however believe that Congress has a role in setting the table for economic growth. I believe that Congress should address litigation, regulation and taxation reforms in order to help our small businesses.

Small businesses have long been the innovators and job creators in our country. Many big businesses started in garages, kitchens or basements as a small business. They are the creators of 7 out of every 10 jobs in this country and it’s vital that we make it easier for entrepreneurs, not harder.

Congress should reduce burdensome regulations and costly litigation. We should also make our tax code simpler and fairer. We need to make this country the best place in the world to do business.

The “economic stimulus” is not working. Its focus on big, slow, bureaucratic spending has failed to revive the economy. We should be focusing on fast-acting tax relief for small businesses and individuals.

Congress returns to Washington this week. Our economy and helping set the table for economic growth should be the top priority.

Sincerely,

Sam Graves

This is the 9/14 edition of Straight Talk. In it Congressman Graves discusses hitting the reset button on health care reform. Yeah…great idea…Maobama and the hard left Democrats won’t hear that idea though.

Hitting the Reset Button

Earlier this year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented the Russian Foreign Minister with a reset button. The gift was supposed to be a symbol of the Administration’s desire to reset the U.S. and Russia relationship. However somehow the word reset was mistranslated into Russian. Instead of reset, the word on the button meant overcharge.

Last week, the President addressed a joint session of Congress on health care reform. The debate on health care has become overcharged and partisan. This issue is too important for a partisan solution, we need an American solution. I believe it is time for all lawmakers to hit the reset button.

It is time to look at new ideas. The Chairwoman of the Small Business Committee, Nydia Velázquez and I have a bi-partisan bill that would help small businesses pool together and buy health insurance as one big company instead of many small ones. Over half of the uninsured are small business owners, their employees or their dependents. We can do this at just a fraction of the cost of Nancy Pelosi’s bill.

The President mentioned medical malpractice reform for the first time as well last week. I have long supported this as a part of the solution. I believe there are common sense solutions that we agree on.

We can accomplish meaningful health insurance reform this year, but only if we work in a bi-partisan way. Let’s hit the reset button and work on a better plan. This bill is the wrong solution to the wrong problem.

Sincerely, 

Sam Graves

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