Economy and Jobs
Beware of politicians who promise to create jobs, because only businesses and entrepreneurs—not politicians—can create jobs. What government can and should do is ensure a free-market, job-friendly environment where businesses and entrepreneurs have the certainty and incentives to invest, innovate, grow, and hire.
In Congress, I will support pro-growth policies that give the private sector the confidence and certainty to start hiring again. Job creators need a tax code that is permanent, fair, and simple with low rates. They need federal bureaucrats to get off their backs and stand by their sides. And they need a federal government that doesn’t spend, borrow, and inflate its way to bankruptcy.
By contrast, President Obama’s failed policies have attacked and undermined the private sector for years. The Obama stimulus blew a trillion-dollar hole in the federal budget even as unemployment continued to skyrocket—to over 10%, despite promises that the stimulus would keep unemployment below 8%. Now, President Obama wants to double down with nothing more than Stimulus II: bailouts for public-employee unions, temporary tax cuts that create debt and not jobs, and more crony capitalism. I will oppose President Obama’s statist policies and work to repeal job-killing laws like ObamaCare and the Dodd-Frank financial-regulatory bill.
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If federal Republicans paid much attention to public opinion polls in 2009, they should have unilaterally crawled in a hole and died, U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton told the audience of Monday’s town hall in El Dorado.
But that all changed with the right policy, he said.
“We don’t want to pay attention to polls. If you looked at polls in January 2009 we should have crawled in a hole and died as a party,” he said. “But we got the policy right and 22 months later the American people agreed with our view of the future and not the president’s.”
Rep. Cotton Discusses Inauguration Address with Fellow GOP Reps. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Trey Radel (R-FL) on On The Record with Greta Van Susteren
If you were a member of Congress and could vote either for a bad bill that would at least address a critical need, or no bill at all, which would you choose?
That was the question Tom Cotton faced Jan. 4, only three days after being sworn in as a member of Congress. He voted no.
The bill in question allowed the National Flood Insurance Program to borrow $9.7 billion to cover claims filed by East Coast homeowners affected by Hurricane Sandy.