Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) gave the weekly Republican address today. Here’s an excerpt on his discussion of jobs:
“I bring the perspective of someone who’s been creating jobs, meeting a payroll, balancing a budget, and living under the rules, regulations, and taxes that politicians here in Washington impose on the rest of us. I know firsthand the incentives and disincentives, the intended and unintended consequences of government intrusion into our lives. Unfortunately, when it comes to creating jobs, government is rarely helpful. Government tends to make it harder and more expensive to create jobs. We need to make job creation easier and cheaper.”
On spending and debt:
“The President often speaks of making investments in our economy. If he means allowing taxpayers and businesses to keep more of their hard earned dollars, and providing them the freedom to invest where they choose, I’m all for it. Unfortunately, I’m afraid he means more government spending and more government control. The lesson we all should have learned from the pitiful results of the $814 billion stimulus bill, is that growing government does not grow our economy or create long term, self-sustaining jobs. It is the private sector that creates jobs.
“History proves that governments do not know how to efficiently allocate capital. Millions of private individuals, acting independently within the free market system, do it best. We need to encourage and incentivize entrepreneurs, not tax and regulate them out of business.
“We’ve also heard the President talk about controlling spending and the deficit. If he’s serious about it, he should present a serious plan. If he does, I feel confident Republicans will be willing to help him get it passed.
“In his response to the State of the Union Address, my fellow Wisconsinite Paul Ryan – a leader in tackling our spending problem – did a great job of expressing our willingness to work with the President, and pointing out how critical it is for us to act now, before it’s too late.”