In The Huddle with Fran Tarkenton

Growth Policies Work

There is a lot of bad news coming out of Washington and many of our state capitals these days. But there is a lot of good news, too, and if we heed the lessons of these positive examples, I believe we can make a big difference in turning our fortunes around.

Texas is a great example of putting the great resources of this country to good use. The lesson? Growth policies work. When you focus on growth and innovation, and encourage the American dream, great things happen. Businesses are flocking to Texas, not just Texans creating new businesses, but other businesses moving there to become a part of what is happening there.

Here are some examples:

  • Texas leads the nation in job growth. Since 2001, the state has created jobs at 5 times the national average.
  • It’s not just low-paying jobs, either. Texas is 2nd in the nation in wage growth, and according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas it is far outpacing the rest of the country at every wage level.
  • Cost of living stays low, 10 percent less than the national average overall thanks to a lighter regulatory burden.
  • Texas’s energy sector is booming because it has heartily embraced critical innovations in fracking and horizontal drilling.

This is no fluke. It’s the result of good policy that gives people the freedom to create, to grow, and to live. Prosperity doesn’t come from government; it comes when government allows our most creative and innovative people to get to work.

We can follow the Texas blueprint. Other states have, and plenty more ought to get on board. Here are ways the rest of the country can pursue a pro-growth, pro-innovation, pro-small business environment.

  • Tax reform. Lower tax rates for corporations and individuals can make us more competitive.
  • Lighten regulation. Regulations are invisible costs that consumers don’t see—but hold businesses and entrepreneurs back, making it difficult for new innovators to jump through all the hoops and compete with the established players.
  • Energy independence. The United States has enough domestic reserves to be energy independent—who would have ever believed that 10 years ago? We should take advantage of those resources.
  • Tort reform to drive down the cost of litigation for businesses.
  • Right to work. Right to work states are growing more jobs at the fastest pace.

Our states are laboratories of democracy, and we ought to be following the lead of the most successful policies. States like Texas are leading the way. At AMAC we are about finding solutions to our problems—encourage everyone you know to be a part of what we’re doing here to keep America great!

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Rick B.

The National Right to Work Committee has been doing a wonderful job helping states without RIght to Work laws to pass them, as well as providing free legal support for employees under attack from unwanted labor unions. U.S. Government labor statistics show how year after year the Right to Work states have prospered compared to those without such laws. Populations are also shifting toward Right to Work states due to their better job opportunities. I encourage all AMC members to begin supporting this worthy cause — http://nrtwc.org/.

ANTHONY C. MALLEY

THIS COUNTRY WAS BASED ON WORK ETHIC. THERE ISNT ANY TODAY. WHY PARENTS GAVE TO MUCH TOTHERE LAZY CHILDREN. THEY WONT CUT THE LAWN OR TAKE OUT THE TRASH. EVERY THING IS OWED TO THEM I SAY BULL. THERE ARE ACADEMICS FOR ATTORNEYS DOCTORS ENGINEERS. TODAY ARE 18 YEAR OLDS GO TO UNIVERSITYS TO GOOF OFF AND PARTY. EUROPE HAS A MANDITORY TWO YEAR COMMITMENT TO THE MILITARY WE SHOULD DO THE SAME .NO MORE BABYING. GET A TRADE ELECTRICAL PLUMBING.AIR CONDITION MORE TECH SCHOOLS. WE LACK THEM MORE JR. COLLEGES. TOO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE ON WELFARE. NO WORK ETHICS AND INGRAINED LAZY ATTITUDE. MOMMY WILL LET YOU STILL RESIDE AT HOME MAN UP GENTELMEN THE CLOCK TICKS ON. COME ON GIRLS AND YOUNG LADIES THINK CAREERS. IF I WAS IN CHARGE JUST SIX MONTHS THIS COUNTRY WOULD RUN WELL AGAIN LIKE A WELL OILED MACHINE. NO MORE GIVE AWAYS… Read more »

Anthony

America grew and flourished with NO regulations and small government and no income taxes. People that start a new business do so in order to become prosperous. The chance they take is enormous in sacrifice of time, family, and finances. So they work hard and long to see that their business will succeed. My parents both worked a full time job and then along with that they started a new business and did not draw a penny from the new business for almost two years. They reinvested all the profits back into the stock and new equipment. Then they started to take a small salary for another two years and continued to work at the other jobs. In five years my brother and I joined the company at age 18 and 21. We all work for small wages for another 2 years. This is the way our country grew and… Read more »

Norman Senstad

All the political parties are begging for your donations to save us from this or save us from that but none of them will save us from anything. We the people need to save ourselves and short of another Revolution there is but one way. A non-partisan plan to bring back the power to the people and the following is what I propose: A Convention of the States which is already in progress to repeal the 16th and 17th amendments and passage of the FairTax bill which is presently sitting in the House waiting for a vote. Realistically neither Federal Senator nor Representative will want to vote for these bills because it would remove their superior advantage in being re-elected over and over again. We need a Term Limit Party whose purpose will be to facilitate the above as well as providing for Term limits that I suggest would be… Read more »

Karen

Obviously, there needs to be some regulations. People being people, someone will always try to find a way to game the system. That said, the heavy, and often rediculous, burdens of government over-regulation, duplicate regulations, is killing job creation and innovation. The treat of frivolous lawsuits is causing businesses undue expense. People should not be able to sue and win huge sums of money because of their own lack of judgement and stupidity. There needs to be some common sense, if there is any left. As for the ‘right to work’, a business should not have to hire or comply with union regulations/demands, neither should an individual. Employees should not be able to demand that an employer comply with their needs/wants or theaten to shut a business down. If the job and conditions are not to the persons liking, they should find a job that does. The business will not… Read more »