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Guest columnist: Time to put economy back on right path

Posted: August 14, 2013 - 12:04pm

Sadly, either you or someone you know has had trouble securing a job as a result of our weak economy. According to University of Maryland economics professor Peter Morici in last month’s Post and Courier, the jobs reports have been misleading with 833,000 new part-time jobs but 97,000 fewer full-time jobs this year. This obviously put families in stress with underemployment. House Republicans recognize this struggle facing American families, which is why we have a plan. Whether it be securing student loan interest rates, making health care more affordable or passing legislation that directly impacts job creation, we know that these issues must be dealt with timely and seriously to put our economy back on the right track. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same for the president or Senate leadership.

In anticipation of student loan interest rates increasing on July 1, House Republicans acted in May to prevent placing unnecessary burdens on students and families. Senate Democrats refused to consider our bill at the time and rates doubled. Additionally, the president inaccurately blamed Congress, not just the Senate, for inaction. I am very pleased that the Senate finally worked with the House to pass a bill several days ago to address this problem. A strong educational foundation paves the way for life-long success. By implementing market-based formulas to determine student loan interest rates, our students can feel confident in their decisions to achieve a college or graduate degree.

When the president decided to delay the employer mandate, a key component of Obamacare, he acknowledged the law would destroy jobs. The administration has decided to relieve employers but is forcing American families to comply with the tax hikes and government intrusion into our health care decisions. As a result, House Republicans took immediate action and passed two bills: one to delay the employer mandate and another to delay the individual mandate. Both of these bills received bipartisan support. We all know that Obamacare is an unworkable, unaffordable law that will destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs, threaten the doctor-patient relationship and offer a “Free Ticket, No Show” health care system. It is my hope that the Senate will take these bills seriously and vote to protect American jobs and middle class families by delaying both of Obamacare’s employer and individual mandates.

Creating jobs is not the role of the government, but the red tape and regulations that are imposed upon our small businesses by the government are destroying jobs. House Republicans have passed numerous pieces of legislation that will grow our economy. The Senate refuses to recognize our efforts and the president continuously issues veto threats. This year, we’ve approved the application for the Keystone XL Pipeline and repealed Obamacare. Economists agree from both sides of the political aisle that these two ideas will create hundreds of thousands of jobs. It seems as if the president is not willing to work with a divided Congress to help our weak economy improve. Instead, he is fixated on more failed economic stimulus spending, higher taxes and increased government mandates. Working with the ideas House Republicans have already put on the table for the past two and a half years will protect every American family and encourage job creation.

… The American people deserve action. It’s time for the president to get on board and help put our economy back on the path to prosperity.

U.S. REP. JOE WILSON REPRESENTS SOUTH CAROLINA’S SECOND DISTRICT WHICH INCLUDES NORTH AUGUSTA.

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