Despite the President’s national tour to push his jobs proposal, this Administration continues to press for tax hikes and more spending, which will hurt job creation, hurt small businesses and prevent the economy from growing. As Charles Schwab writes today, “We can spark an economic recovery by unleashing the job-creating power of business…[but] we cannot spend our way out of this. We cannot tax our way out of this. We cannot artificially stimulate our way out of this. We cannot regulate our way out of this.” House Republicans agree. That is why we are focused on spurring economic growth by reducing taxes and eliminating the regulatory burdens that are preventing businesses, entrepreneurs and innovators from investing capital and creating jobs.
Today In History: In 1941, the Boston Red Sox's Ted Williams plays a double-header against the Philadelphia Athletics on the last day of the regular season and gets six hits in eight trips to the plate, to boost his batting average to .406 and become the first player since Bill Terry in 1930 to hit .400.
Birthdays: Rep. Bill Cassidy, Ed Sullivan, Naomi Watts, Brian Rafalski, Hilary Duff and David Silverman
Here is what’s in today’s Ledger ...
State Of Play: Democrat Divide - Harry Reid, Senate Democrats Continue To Put President Obama’s Bill On The Backburner
Senator Reid On The President’s Bill, “We’ll Get To That” ... Eventually. Despite early and regular pleas from the White House, Senate Democrats say they will not move immediately to take up President Obama’s jobs bill when they return next week from a short recess. “We’ll get to that,” Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said Monday night when asked if the likely passage of a temporary spending bill to keep the government functioning meant the Senate could now consider the president’s package. The Washington Post
State Of Play (2): Republicans Continue To Focus On Innovation, Growing The Economy and Eliminating Job Destroying Regulations
Charles Schwab: We Need To Remove The Roadblocks To Innovation & Growth. We cannot spend our way out of this. We cannot tax our way out of this. We cannot artificially stimulate our way out of this. We cannot regulate our way out of this. Shaming the successful or redistributing income won't get us out of this. We cannot fund our government coffers by following the "Buffett Rule," i.e., raising taxes on Americans earning more than $1 million a year. What we can do—and absolutely must—is knock down all hurdles that create disincentives for investment in business. ... They need to review every piece of existing legislation and regulation with a clear eye to what impact it will have on business and growth. If something is a job killer, put a moratorium on it. Stop adding to the litany of new laws and regulations until we've had time to digest those in place and regain some certainty about the future. Proposed laws and regulations should be put to a simple test: What will this do to encourage businesses and entrepreneurs to invest? What will it do for jobs? The Wall Street Journal
Leader Cantor: We Don’t Need More Stimulus Style Spending, We Need To Focus On Making It Easier For Small Businesses To Operate and Grow. Also Tuesday, Cantor criticized Obama’s plan to help revive the nation’s economy, the American Jobs Act. “He is going to many Republican districts and I hope that he hears what we all hear that people don’t want to see their taxes raised,” Cantor said. ““Stimulus programs are not what we need right now. We need programs geared toward the private sector and how we make it easier for small businesses to operate and grow.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
State Of Play (3): President Obama’s Proposal Doesn’t Provide A Solid Foundation For Economic Growth
President Obama’s Plan Creates A False Economic “Sugar High,” Not The Lasting Fundamental Growth Necessary. In a memo to House Republicans on Sept. 16, House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and other leaders detailed several criticisms of the payroll-tax idea. The lawmakers said an added tax burden would result when, under the president’s plan, an extension and expansion of a “holiday” on such taxes for employees and employers would expire in 2013. Herrmann agreed. “We’re setting ourselves up for a big end to the sugar high in the first half of 2013,” he said. Bloomberg
The Road Ahead: Leader Cantor, House Republicans Support A Balanced Budget Amendment
Leader Cantor, Georgia Republicans Voice Support For A BBA, Stress The Need To Put Washington On A Budget. “We also need to put Washington on a budget,” Cantor, of Virginia, said during a brief news conference at the state Republican Party headquarters in Atlanta. “It is high time for us to be able to do that so that people, businesses and the next generation can look to a much more financially secure future.” Georgia’s eight Republican congressman joined Cantor in Atlanta, signaling their support for the balanced budget amendment. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Employers' Health-Care Premiums Jump 9%. The health-insurance premiums employers pay rose sharply this year, with the average annual cost of family coverage passing the $15,000 mark for the first time, according to a major survey. The 9% average increase, reported in an annual poll of employers performed by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust, comes despite a continued trend toward more limited use of medical services in the U.S. Last year, family premiums rose just 3%, the survey found. The Wall Street Journal
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