KSDebate – Jobs: Recovery of the U.S. economy

Dr. Bob Beatty, KSNT: Last month the U.S. economy added 248,000 jobs and unemployment fell to 5.9%, the lowest since July 2008.  What has the U.S. government done right since the great recession of 2008 and what should it continue to do going forward to keep the recovery going?

Greg Orman (I): The challenge we’ve had with this recovery is while we are creating jobs, we are not necessarily creating middle-class jobs. i have talked a lot about how we get this country started again. We have to get Washington back into the business of solving problems. I cannot tell you how many business owners who have said we need to do what health care affordability. If we could have an honest and meaningful discussion about how to address health care affordability and change the incentives to drive costs out of the system, we would be in a far better position to create jobs and see wages grow.

I have for people tell me we need to deal with immigration reform. A number of businesses have suggested they would add jobs if we simply got Congress and the president to get their act together and pass some sort of immigration reform that gives them certainty. We have to get the government out of the way and that is why we put forward our small business plan to help get regulations out of the system and help businesses grow again.

Pat Roberts (R): I’d like to address one of the comments you had from one of the earlier questions. I have the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Businesses. They endorsed me. Not all only did they endorse me, reflecting all the small businesses up and down the state, but they took the extra step of defining my opponent and his record, and his record of job creation as a liberal democrat.


Greg Orman (I): Well I’ve never heard of anyone of defining one’s job creation record, in conservative terms. I think the senator is misstating once again. And frankly, it feels a little desperate and it feels like something that is beneath you to stand up and misrepresent the facts.

I have met with chambers throughout the state and I can tell you from those first-hand meetings that there are a number of chambers in the state that would love to see me get elected to the United States Senate.

Pat Roberts (R): Well, name them if you can. The National Chamber endorsed me, and took the extra step of defining my opponent as a liberal democrat.It’s basically regarding issues of certainty of business and the Obama/Reid agenda, and all of the regulations that have come out of the administration.

We are drowning in regulations, we have the Prarie Chicken, we have Waters at the US, we have so many different regulations you cannot keep up. One farmer told me, we are not being governed, we are being ruled. They’re the ones that took at look at your job creation, not only at the shrimp farm…

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