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It seems pundits declare every election the most important one in a generation, but this time they could actually be right! This election will help decide one fundamental question: Will America’s economy remain free and open—generating jobs, prosperity, and opportunity—or will it be saddled with excessive taxes, regulations, and lawsuits that will undermine its competitiveness?
We have a saying at the U.S. Chamber—politics comes before policy. In other words, it’s easier to get the right people elected in the first place—and keep reelecting them—than to try to convince other office holders to support our positions.
That’s why we’ve launched a major effort to make a positive impact on the 2008 elections. We’re educating voters about candidates and the important issues, mobilizing business men and women—and friends of business—to vote, endorsing congressional candidates, and providing financial support in key congressional races.
In all of our activities, we are communicating a few simple points. First, we care about solving difficult challenges, creating good-paying jobs, and using technology to advance national goals. We will work with elected officials from both parties who share our priorities.
Second, we are making the case for the benefits of free enterprise, open markets, and small government. We reject an approach that says every problem can be solved by government money, government programs, and government regulations. An environment that allows people to seize opportunities, succeed and fail, and reach for their dreams is the surest path to success.
Third, we are cautioning both parties about the promises they are making to the American people. We’re reminding them that they will never be able to keep those promises without economic growth. A growing economy pays all the bills. And the bottom line is that they need successful businesses to create growth, jobs, and tax revenues to pay for government programs they want and to fulfill their promises.
The United States has big challenges. We need to produce more American energy and reduce our dependence on foreign oil; modernize and strengthen our nation’s roads, bridges, airports, sea ports, and technological infrastructure; keep taxes low and reduce lawsuits and regulations; and help Americans achieve retirement security, affordable health care coverage, and good educations.
It’s our mission to ensure that the political environment doesn’t drift toward policy choices that damage the competitiveness and prosperity of the U.S. economy. That’s what this election is all about, and why you need to be a part of it.
Visit www.VoteForBusiness.com for more information and to get involved.