published Friday, October 21st, 2011

Rep. Fleischmann focuses on smaller government

With the people of our country facing serious financial challenges, our Chattanooga-area member of Congress, Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, had some sound advice when he spoke Wednesday at a business leader roundtable at the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce.

Fleischmann specified four urgent goals: gaining stability in the marketplace, reducing government regulation, confronting the heavy influence of unions and simplifying the federal tax code.

Properly dealing with those issues will "help businesses grow, expand the workforce and produce more capital," the congressman said.

Those are things all of us should desire. Yet Fleischmann noted some of the negative effects of Barack Obama's pursuit of big-government policies:

• Employment of government regulators has increased 13 percent, while private-sector employment has been dropping.

• Federal regulations are costing U.S. taxpayers $38 billion per year.

• And the administration is endangering job creation with the threat to punish companies that locate jobs in right-to-work states.

"In our current fiscal crisis, we must take steps to decrease our national debt and put Americans back to work," Fleischmann said.

"A logical first step is to reduce regulatory burdens and produce an environment where we give businesses the opportunity to do what they do best: create jobs."

Fleischmann said the federal tax code needs to be improved by closing loopholes, reducing top marginal tax rates and simplifying the tax code.

"Each year," the congressman said, "over 6 billion hours of work and $160 billion are spent to understand and comply with the tax code. Taxes are a burden in themselves, and the process of compliance should not be an additional burden. Simplification is essential. Creating fewer brackets with lower individual rates would allow people to keep more of the money they earn."

Fleischmann wants to reduce the federal deficit, create a fairer tax structure and repeal ObamaCare and the Dodd-Frank Act, which imposes a range of onerous financial regulations. Both are having a negative impact on our economy.

Accordingly, Fleischmann is right to call for their repeal and for reining in the federal government overall.

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JustOneWoman said...

After Chuckie took the Isreal trip with big oil's money, he showed he is bought and paid for. But hey, what did you expect. Chuckie has also become a member of the millionaire's club since he has been in office. Has Chuckie actually done anything he campaigned on? Chuckie is part of the problem. He seems to think we are dumb and do not know how to check on him. Hey Chuck, you work for us!, not for yourself. Yet your townhall meetings are by invitation only and well guarded. What part of democratic republic do you not understand? With the behavior Chuckie has shown, I do not believe a word he says. As far as I am concerned, he is just a wart on the face of freedom.

October 21, 2011 at 12:03 p.m.
acerigger said...

Did anyone who cares get close enough to Chuck or Boner to ask "Where Are The Jobs?" After-all, that's what the "TEA-PARTY" candidates ran on in 2010 wasn't it?

October 21, 2011 at 12:04 p.m.
hambone said...

Chuckie can go back to his small business (collection lawyer) next year.

October 21, 2011 at 5:22 p.m.
carlB said...

opinion » Free Press Editorials:

Reply: I disagree with your trying to "paint" a pretty picture of what Fleischmann wants to do to reduce the "federal deficit" and for getting the needed production jobs in the USA.
The Republicans only started worrying about the total National Debt and the deficit spending after Obama was elected and in the office of President, January 2009.

This 2007 deep recession is like "history repeating itself as to the Republicans' actions and policies. For a better understanding of what has to be done in correcting the 2007 deep recession, we have to look back to the effects of the 1929 great depression and the four years “lack” of action by the Republican administration and the private sectors for stabilizing the effects of the great depression nor did have any plans for correcting or ending the great depression.” and the effects it was having on our Republic. Their opinions were the same as now; it is not the governments' role to help the people or to interfere with the private enterprise systems regardless of what they do to destroy the financial stability of this country. Let the free enterprise systems upset the "apple cart" and then do nothing but wait for them to fix what they destroyed with this Republic being "torn apart" while doing "nothing." Four years later when FDR started the "New Deal" polices to help the people and this Republic

October 21, 2011 at 10:28 p.m.
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