Boehner in La Opinion: Protecting the American Dream

"By making life work for families and expanding opportunity for everyone, we can restore the growth and prosperity that will keep the American Dream safe for our children and grandchildren.  Nothing is more important."

Protecting the American Dream
By House Speaker John Boehner
La Opinion

For generations, the idea of America as the land of opportunity where anyone can achieve success through hard work has inspired not just Americans but people around the world.   The American Dream is our national treasure, and like any heirloom, our responsibility is to pass it down intact.

The problem is, what’s always driven the American Dream forward is an economy that produces good-paying jobs and resources, and we don’t have that right now.  In fact, we’re going through one of the slowest economic recoveries in our history. 

Why?  Because over the last few years, government has been focused on taking more and spending more, punishing hard work and going against what the American Dream represents. 

I first encountered this problem when I ran a small business of my own.  I saw how government can make it difficult for employers to meet a payroll and create jobs.  Between taxes, fees, and paperwork, the headaches piled up quickly.  I remember wondering, “what if government focused on cultivating – not controlling – the entrepreneurial spirit?”

Making that shift is the idea behind the jobs plan Republicans are promoting in Congress.  At a time when millions of Hispanics remain unemployed, our plan will help get people back to work and put our economy back on track.

First, energy independence.  North America has the potential to be the world’s energy center of gravity, but the federal government continues to restrict permits and put up bureaucratic hurdles.   As a result, our energy bills soar and popular projects like the Keystone XL pipeline, which could create tens of thousands of jobs, remain on hold.  By taking an “all of the above” approach that expands American energy production, we can help create jobs, boost manufacturing, and make energy more affordable.

Second, expanding education opportunity.  Today in America, there are millions of jobs available but unfilled because employers can’t find qualified workers.  We have to close this gap.  Empowering parents with choice and equal opportunity to seek out great teachers and schools will make it easier for students to gain access to the right college and the best job training.

Third, reforming immigration and border security.  Our nation’s immigration system is broken, and has been for some time.  Securing our borders, enforcing our laws, and making the process of becoming a legal immigrant fairer and more efficient will help America remain a magnet for the brightest minds and hardest workers.

Simplifying the tax code, controlling government spending, and reining in red tape are also part of our plan for economic growth and jobs, which you can learn more about by visiting http://gop.gov/jobs.

By making life work for families and expanding opportunity for everyone, we can restore the growth and prosperity that will keep the American Dream safe for our children and grandchildren.  Nothing is more important.  


Tags: Economy, Jobs