Wisconsin Result Shows Business’ Enthusiasm
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Every month through October, Election Spotlight will provide insight into the 2012 elections and their implications for business, free enterprise, and our nation’s prospects for strong economic growth.
The U.S. Chamber is more than halfway through the largest voter education program in its 100-year history. Since November 2011, we’ve been working to defend our 2010 advances in the House and make significant inroads in the Senate. We also lent our support to the all-important Wisconsin governor’s recall election in June, given that fundamental free enterprise principles were being aggressively attacked by union groups and their allies.
The business community’s enthusiasm this election cycle was readily apparent in Wisconsin on June 5. Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s bigger-than-expected victory was a win for small government, free enterprise, and fiscal sanity. It was a public recognition that entitlement, health care, and pension reform must be addressed. The Chamber is proud to have supported the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and its work to ensure that voters were well informed about their choices.
We have the momentum of pro-growth, pro-jobs issues on our side. Some 56% of Americans believe that Obamacare should be overturned, and the public continues to oppose stifling regulations. In addition, there is growing consensus that more needs to be done to increase domestic energy production.
The Chamber’s political program is built to educate Americans about these and other policies that have impeded growth, hindered job creation, and bred uncertainty over the last few years. We have already launched three rounds of voter education ads and grassroots campaigns with the aim of holding candidates accountable for their positions on pro-growth issues. We’ve been up with ads on television and the Internet in 10 Senate races and 31 congressional districts. We’ve held endorsement events across the country, with dozens of state chambers standing with us at the podium or adding their names to our voter education advertisements as sponsors.
We’ve been active in House seats in California, New York, and Illinois that are in play for the first time in decades. With the support of the chamber federation, we’re working to grow the number of competitive races and create a climate for free enterprise regardless of traditional political affiliation.
Despite intimidation and attempts to silence us, the business community’s united front is stronger than ever. And as Walker showed, courage is on the ballot. But for real results this November, we need your voice in the debate.
Learn more at VoteForJobs2012.com.