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Yesterday, via Twitter:

@RepHartzler Rep. Vicky Hartzler

View my weekly newsletter […] 19 hours ago

Okay, we’ll bite:

View From the Capitol – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler’s Newsletter for the Week of September 5-9, 2011

….There is a jobs proposal that can work and is being advanced by House Republicans. Our pro-jobs plan addresses our economic challenges, encourages investment, and supports job creators without raising taxes on working families and small business owners. Our plan reduces many of the regulatory government burdens on small businesses, simplifies the tax code which has become too complicated and cumbersome, and includes passage of the pending free trade agreements with Panama, Colombia, and South Korea – agreements that will create 250,000 jobs and that are being withheld by the President.

In addition, the House Republican plan empowers families, small businesses and entrepreneurs by maximizing domestic energy production to ensure an energy policy for the 21st century. This includes promotion of lower energy prices through increased domestic production and by encouraging all forms of energy production.

Finally, we are working toward significant spending cuts to pay down America’s unsustainable debt burden and force Washington to start living within its means as American families must do each and every day. Advancing these ideas will create jobs and move us toward a balanced budget. We will continue to promote these proposals in the weeks to come, while looking for areas of agreement with the White House. The American people deserve action – but smart action that will advance the cause of job creation without spending our way further into economic insolvency….

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Yep, it’s more of the same republican corporatist drivel.

Do you think someone actually asked small businesses anything?:

“Fog Of Uncertainty”: Speaker Boehner Ignores Business Owners’ Actual Concerns

September 02, 2011 11:20 am ET – Matt Finkelstein

….As the Wall Street Journal recently reported, “The main reason U.S. companies are reluctant to step up hiring is scant demand, rather than uncertainty over government policies, according to a majority of economists in a new Wall Street Journal survey….”

Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2011

Regulations, taxes aren’t killing small business, owners say

By Kevin G. Hall | McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON – Politicians and business groups often blame excessive regulation and fear of higher taxes for tepid hiring in the economy. However, little evidence of that emerged when McClatchy canvassed a random sample of small business owners across the nation.

“Government regulations are not ‘choking’ our business, the hospitality business,” Bernard Wolfson, the president of Hospitality Operations in Miami, told The Miami Herald. “In order to do business in today’s environment, government regulations are necessary and we must deal with them. The health and safety of our guests depend on regulations. It is the government regulations that help keep things in order….”

….None of the business owners complained about regulation in their particular industries, and most seemed to welcome it. Some pointed to the lack of regulation in mortgage lending as a principal cause of the financial crisis that brought about the Great Recession of 2007-09 and its grim aftermath…..

Regulation, who needs regulation?:

DECEMBER 24, 2001


By Robert Kuttner

The Lesson of Enron: Regulation Isn’t a Dirty Word

In the wake of the Enron…collapse, defenders of deregulation are mounting a heroic effort to insist that the debacle was merely a business model gone bad, not an impeachment of freer markets. But the claim won’t wash. In fact, Enron suggests the need for tougher regulation in three distinct areas.

The first is financial standards. Enron could bilk investors because, despite the razzle-dazzle, nobody outside the company could figure out Enron’s game. Demands for greater financial transparency were resisted at every turn. The more we rely on markets to achieve efficiencies, the more we need transparent reporting. Otherwise, a deregulated environment becomes too tempting an arena for scams. Only regulators (and their proxies, such as the Financial Accounting Standards Board) can force corporations to disgorge potentially embarrassing information. They didn’t with Enron. In this respect, the Enron collapse is reminiscent of Long-Term Capital Management: financial geniuses with a formula that couldn’t fail (but did), operating beyond the purview of regulators and taking investors and banks down with them….

And then there’s Wall Street. Anyone into putting the totality of their retirement into Wall Street? Just checking.

And you might ask the tourism industry on the Gulf Coast what they think of environmental regulations.

Let’s see, what do you think the effect of cutting government jobs would be on the unemployment situation? “…Finally, we are working toward significant spending cuts…” Wrong again, Representative Hartzler (r). Let’s take a look at what happened as state and local governments have cut their budgets:

From Media Matters Political Correction.

For those right wingnuts who have a chart reading impairment this shows that private sector employment (blue) has gone up and public sector employment (red) has gone down. Uh, the net effect is static job growth. Now, tell us again who’s been insisting on those budget cuts at the expense of employment?

Shall we look at the impact of President Obama’s jobs plan on Missouri?:


…Of the investments for highway and transit modernization projects, the President’s plan will make immediate investments of at least $716,900,000 in Missouri that could support a minimum of approximately 9,300 local jobs….

…These funds would help states and localities avoid and reverse layoffs now, and will provide $565,200,000 in funds to Missouri to support up to 9,100 educator and first responder jobs

…investment in school infrastructure that will modernize at least 35,000 public schools – investments that will create jobs, while improving classrooms and upgrading our schools to meet 21st century needs. Missouri will receive $422,200,000 in funding to support as many as 5,500 jobs….

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It’s the jobs.