Sen. Santorum, Sen. Coleman

By March 16, 2006General

Sen. Alexander has now joined us, Sen. Bond has gone to a vote, as has Sen. Cornyn.

Karen Kerrigan, small business advocate asks about tax policy and its impact on entrepreneurs.

Sen. Coleman: Last month we created 240,000 jobs, had 30 months of economic growth, not sure many folks knew about it, don’t hear about it on [the networks], this is why we’re reaching out to the bloggers.

The pro-growth polices of this Congress, this Administration, have made a diffrence. The aim is to get capital back into the business. When you have policies…that allow for more investment, that encourage investment — not more government — you’ll encourage more job growth.

Looking to the future there are a number of concerns. Cost of health care. Some of that has to do with malpractice, diminished access in rural areas, because doctors can’t afford the malpractice premium. Sen. Enzi and I are working on a small business health care package, I am hopeful we can get that done.

One of the big challenges we have is global competition. We ccan’t be hampered by lawsuit abuse. The President laid out a vision for global competition in the State of the Union. China, India are producing more engineers.

“I worry about that.” We need to do the right things to unleash the entrepreneurial spirit. I went to a conference, and heard the Mexicans complain about low-wage competition from China. We’re not going to compete on low-wage jobs.

We need an education policy that makes sense, a trade policy that opens up markets to us. I believe in the American entrepreneurial spirit, in American innovation.