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Thursday, June 25, 2009

McKeon Op-ed: Start by defeating job-killing measures such as card-check

California Congressman Buck McKeon has a great OpEd running in today's The Hill as part of their special report on job creation. It's an excellent read, check it out:

Start by defeating job-killing measures such as card-check

By Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.)

Jobs. They’re the heart of our economic engine, transforming to meet the new realities of a changing global marketplace. They’re also a trusted barometer of economic health, and judging by employment figures, our economy remains far from healthy.

The U.S. economy shed 345,000 jobs in the month of May. More than 2.5 million Americans have lost their jobs this year alone, with a total of 5.7 million jobs lost since the recession began in December 2007.

The unemployment rate is 9.4 percent, its highest level in more than 25 years. It’s also 1.4 percent higher than the Obama administration forecasted as the unemployment peak in its urgent push to pass a nearly trillion-dollar economic stimulus package that — to date — hasn’t delivered the jobs that were promised.

It’s clear that America needs an economic policy that will create jobs. And it’s even clearer that we don’t need policies that will hamper innovation or make it harder for American businesses, large and small, to keep and create new jobs.

That’s why the card-check plan — euphemistically dubbed the Employee Free Choice Act, although it offers employees anything but — is exactly the wrong elixir for what ails our economy.

Read the whole piece here.

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