This Week on America’s Business

By October 12, 2007America's Business

Americas Business with Mike HambrickA key congressional budget player cautions against unrestrained entitlement spending, a presidential candidate looks forward to next fall’s election, an Administration official save small business money, and a student seeks employable skills — “America’s Business with Mike Hambrick” this week keeps an eye on the issues that matter to manufacturing and the economy.

Representative John Spratt (D-SC) chairs the House Budget Committee, where he preaches fiscal responsibility to members of both political parties. In his interview with host Mike Hambrick, Chairman Spratt focuses on the consequences of Medicare and Social Security spending in future decades, and sees difficulties posed by health-care expectations.

Tom Sullivan is chief of advocacy at the Small Business Administration, serving as an advocate for business in dealings with the federal government. He joins Mike to talk about how his office helped save business $7 billion last year by keeping new rules and regulations realistic and efficient, with much more work to come through the R3, Small Business Regulatory Review and Reform Initiative.

We hear the second part of an interview with Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, who covers energy and infrastructure, also describing how he would run a general-election campaign against the potential Democratic nominee, Senator Hillary Clinton. Huckabee also responds to a question about the “skills gap” and workforce training posed by Charles E. Bunch, chairman of the NAM.

Workforce training is also the topic of a conversation with Don MacMaster, project director for the Concrete Technology Program at Alpena Community College in Michigan, and Jeff Kowalski, who enrolled after completing a four-year college degree, searching for employable skills and a rewarding career.

In our regular segments, Renee Giachino of the American Justice Partnership points to winners and losers in the tort battles, and notes the AJP’s new report, “Legal Shakedowns & Scandals“; Hank Cox recalls “The Way it Was”; and NAM President John Engler closes with “The Last Word,” thanking the public for speaking out on the EPA’s proposed new ozone standards.

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