With double-digit unemployment in N.C., the top priority now must be jobs. Our current politicians in Washington believe growth in government jobs is good for the economy. In fact, government jobs hinder economic recovery because government jobs must be funded with taxpayer dollars. Net new jobs (productive, "real" jobs) can only be created in the private sector.
Job creation in N.C. will be my top priority when I report for work in the U.S. Senate. Small businesses in America are the engines of innovation and job creation. Small business owners must be rewarded for their success, not punished. We must reduce taxes and regulations on small businesses.
Richard Burr is a fiscal liberal; he voted for TARP and supports corporate welfare. Federal government budget deficits and the $13 trillion in debt are a national disgrace. The national debt has increased from $9.9 trillion to $13 trillion in a little over a year. This irresponsible spending spree must stop. Corporate welfare is not a priority, or a legitimate role, of the federal government.