I was pleased for the opportunity to address the combined 79th Annual Meeting of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and the Associated Industries of Arkansas in Little Rock yesterday. It looked like about 200 people, maybe more, turned out to hear U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue and yours truly of the National Association of Manufacturers.
Tom was his usual feisty self throwing rhetorical rocks at labor unions and left-wing activist groups that are advocating higher taxes and bigger government. I focused mainly on the story of manufacturing – that the U.S. remains the world’s greatest manufacturing nation, that manufactured exports are vital to our economy, and that it is high time our political leaders made competitiveness a priority. Tom and I were singing the same tune in our advocacy of a sensible energy policy, reducing corporate taxes, upgrading our infrastructure, reforming health care, bringing sensible balance to our legal system and promoting international trade.
It was my first visit to Little Rock. I was duly impressed with the beautiful city and wonderful people I met there. I extend sincere thanks to Hugh McDonald, Chairman of the Arkansas State Chamber, Benny Baker, Chairman of the Associated Industries of Arkansas and all of the others who made my visit such a pleasure. I hope to see you again.
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