- Far too many Coloradans and Americans are out of work. Not only is the unemployment rate exceptionally high, but many people have given up hope and dropped out of the workforce entirely. By any measure, the current economic recovery, if it can be called that, is among the most sluggish in American history.
- Since 2009, 75 new major federal regulations have been implemented by the Obama Administration costing more than $380 billion over 10 years (source: Heritage Foundation).
- Also since 2009, 219 more "economically significant regulations" have been enacted, each costing businesses $100 million or more per year -- for a minimum cost of $21 billion over 10 years (source: Heritage Foundation)
- The Obama Administration rewards its corporate political allies (for example, Solyndra and other favored companies) at the expense of others. Bailouts of American automakers – companies that were not competitive due to the high cost of building cars in Detroit – took money from more effective sectors of the American economy. Not only is this corporate welfare an abuse of taxpayer dollars, it imposes a corrupting influence on the American political system.
- We need a new perspective that understands that job growth and
economic opportunity come from a robust and growing private sector.
- Unrestrained government spending limits the private sector’s
ability to create jobs by taking money out of the competitive private
sector and placing it into the hands of politicians and bureaucrats.
- We must create a fair and predictable tax code that businesses can rely on so America’s job creators can start hiring again.
- Additionally, we must streamline and modernize regulations to provide certainty for employers.
- Affordable and available energy produced here in the United
States will promote economic security, energy independence and American
job growth. I will pursue a market-based "all of the above" energy
- As we strive to promote American competitiveness in the world economy, we need to realize that establishing a stable and predictable tax code, regulatory policy and tort environment are crucial to success.