In recent months, my role as Speaker of the House has allowed me to travel much of our great nation—including Indian country—and talk to Americans of all walks of life. Wherever I go, conversation quickly turns to jobs and the state of the economy. There’s a clear sense among families and small business that we can be doing better.
I couldn’t agree more. We don’t have to accept painfully high unemployment as the new normal. And we certainly don’t have to live with a president who accuses the American people of going “soft” while refusing to lead on the budget and the approaching fiscal cliff that threatens to destroy hundreds of thousands of additional jobs. We need a real recovery, and a president who understands how our economy works.
The president won’t admit it today, but this election has always been about his handling of jobs and the economy. In 2009, just months after moving into the White House, President Obama acknowledged his presidency would be a “one term proposition” if he didn’t turn the economy around by November of this year.
At the time, President Obama and Democrats had complete control of Washington, D.C., and they embraced policies including a trillion-dollar “stimulus” that ended up shipping jobs overseas to places like China and El Salvador, a costly government takeover of health care, and a “cap and trade” national energy tax that grew the size of government and the debt, but haven’t helped bring about long-term growth. In fact, they’ve actually made things worse.
As a result, today America is buried in the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression. Families are bringing home less pay while shelling out more dollars for everything from gasoline to groceries. The national debt has increased $5.5 trillion under President Obama more than any previous president. And in all, 23 million Americans remain unemployed.
It’s time to chart a new course for freedom and prosperity for all, and we can start by electing Governor Mitt Romney to lead this American comeback. Like me, Mitt has run a business and created jobs, and he and Paul Ryan are offering a common-sense plan to create a stronger middle class through energy independence, greater certainty for small businesses by stopping looming tax hikes, and a path to begin paying down the debt.
Of course Mitt and Paul will need support, and we have a strong crop of candidates for the U.S. Senate and House, including representatives Jeff Denham and Mary Bono Mack of California, Representative Ann Marie Buerkle of New York, Representative Paul Gosar of Arizona and Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma, just to name a few. I couldn’t be more proud of these people, and all of the members of the Republican House majority who’ve worked tirelessly to lead the way in offering solutions for jobs these past 20 months.
We’ve kept our 2010 “Pledge to America” and listened to the people across the states and Indian country who want to get government out of the way of economic growth by cutting government spending, shutting down the jobs-destroying red-tape factory in Washington, D.C., and repealing Obamacare and all its tax hikes, cost increases and its $716 billion in Medicare cuts. And despite Democrats still controlling the White House and the Senate, we’ve made some real progress.
Still, there is much to be done, and through this election we have a chance to elect leaders who share our commitment to a pro-growth agenda. So if you too believe we can do better than the status quo if you agree that the government exists to serve the people, and the people create jobs and small businesses please consider casting your vote for Mitt Romney and our Republican ticket next Tuesday, November 6. Together we will get our economy, and our country, back on track.
John Boehner is the current Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.