Republicans Have the Policies to Get Your Jobs Back

By Rep. John Kline (R-MN)
America’s Right, guest contributor

For those of us in Washington concerned about job creation, the first Friday of each month has always been a notable occasion. That’s when the U.S. Department of Labor issues its monthly employment report detailing how many jobs were gained or lost in the previous month, along with the current unemployment rate. When I first came to Congress, these reports generally brought good news. In fact, from 2003 through the end of 2007, we saw a record 52 consecutive months of job growth. Unfortunately, that all changed in early 2008, when we saw the first job losses in more than four years. Since that time, the U.S. economy has steadily shed more jobs as the recession has deepened. Just last week, we learned that an additional 467,000 jobs were lost in June of this year, and the unemployment rate has reached 9.5 percent, its highest level in more than a quarter-century.

From the moment we saw those first 17,000 jobs lost in January of 2008, it was clear to me that we needed to embrace pro-growth policies. Now, about a year and a half later, more than 6.5 million jobs have been lost and evidence is mounting that the tax-and-spend policies advanced by congressional Democrats are not only failing to stem the tide of unemployment, they are actually making our economic problems far worse. I serve as the Senior Republican on the House Education and Labor Committee. It’s ground zero for legislation that impacts American workers and employers, and under the control of Democrats, I believe it has failed to project jobs and promote economic growth. From legislation that will increase litigation in the workplace to the notoriously anti-worker card check scheme, Democrats in Washington have put special interests ahead of the people’s interests. Add to that a failed “stimulus” that cost close to $1 trillion yet still hasn’t produced the jobs it promised; a national energy tax in the form of cap-and-trade; and the impending government takeover of our health care system, and a future of permanent economic stagnation seems almost inevitable.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Republicans are committed to pro-growth policies that will get our economy back on track without saddling future generations with unmanageable debt. We offered a stimulus plan that would have created twice the jobs for half the price. We have developed a health care proposal that will make health care more affordable, reduce the number of uninsured Americans, and increase quality – all at a price our country can afford. And we plan to continue acting as the party of better solutions, rejecting Democrats’ plans to expand government at the expense of individuals and pushing for commonsense, bipartisan solutions to the many challenges we face. With the right policies, I’m confident we can return the first Friday of each month into an occasion worth celebrating once again.

Rep. John Kline (R-MN) represents Minnesota’s 2nd congressional district and has been serving in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2003.



  1. Anonymous says:

    If I were in your district, sir, you'd have my vote.

    Thank you!

    Katie J.


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  3. WHATS UP WITH MINN? says:

    Do you feel like moving now that your people have elected Stewart Smalley as senator?

  4. Rix says:

    Actually, making everyone poor and sick is but a milestone in Obama's domination plan. Hungry, unarmed and poorly educated people are so much easier to control.

  5. Gail B says:

    Jeff, Rix would make a great cabinet member!

    Rix would be a great asset wherever you needed him.

  6. Still a Patriot says:

    Representative Kline -

    Thank you for trying to stand against the Democrat's policies that are taking our country to ruin.

    I live in the Janesville, WI area -since the GM plant closed, our unemployment is even higher than the national average. My son is about to move to Portland, Oregon just to be able to have a full time job, which is turning my family inside out.

    Some days I feel like there is no hope for America – then someone shows us a glimmer of light – thank you for shining, & thanks to Jeff & all the contributors at AR.


  7. SGT S.M.B. says:

    Don't be stealing my battalion commander! Rix belongs to us troops.

  8. Bruce says:

    Rix has the Democrat Plan down to a 'T'. He knows it inside and out!

    As a Michiganian I used to believe that the Democrats here were simply stupid and getting stupider as they were leading our Great State to ruin.

    I finally realized after Obama took over that the Democrat Plan here was a deliberate plan to drive business out of business and by doing so drive as many people as possible into dependency. It worked here in Michigan and now the Democrats in Washington are following the Michigan Plan for Despair, Unemployment, Poverty.

    We in Michigan have been "Blown Away" as our Governor, Jennifer Grandholm is fond of saying.

    Have a GREAT weekend!


    Nothing personal to this congressman, but what a message it would send to elect 435 brand new congressmen in 2010. It would send the giant message that this job was never intended to be a career, it was designed to represent us. Our founders never even envisioned it a full time job. They still farmed, blacksmithed, etc etc. They are out of touch with reality. Vote for any candidate who vows to serve only 1 or 2 terms.

    And it would be absolutely entertaining to see how they would come up with chairmanships and other 'seniority' issues.

    REBOOT congress!

  10. The Lady Logician says:

    Congressman Kline,

    Thanks for your service! As a former resident of your district I miss hearing your words of political wisdom as frequently as I am used to. However, I am now represented by a Congressman (Jason Chaffetz) that has the potential to be as great as you (with the right coaching). Keep up the good work – we need you now more than ever!


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