[R76] Rep. McNamara: Own your American Dream (10/9/2012)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Start Date: 10/9/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 10/9/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM
Own your American Dream

It is every parent’s hope that their children will have it better off than they did growing up. For centuries, America has been the land of opportunity for millions of people in search of a more prosperous livelihood. In our nation’s earliest hour, immigrants put everything on the line to start anew – always believing in American idealism. 

The economic recession has changed how people interact and operate within the marketplace. Distrust in Washington’s ability to put the nation on firmer ground has brought doubt and uncertainty, in turn, challenging the very principles of what has made our country great – the American Dream.

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Renting Prosperity, the idea of renting versus owning has gained traction, shifting the American mentality. Consumers are able to rent everything from designer purses to caskets as the affordability and flexibility of renting trumps the stability of owning. In Indiana, confidence is continuing to be restored, demonstrating to Hoosiers that government can live within its means and still provide essential services at a highly effective rate. 

The House Republican Caucus released their agenda for the upcoming legislative session last week, highlighting three major components: 
  • Financial Security for Future Generations.
  • Bridging the Skills Gap
  • Leaders in the Classrooms; Leaders in Life
Over the last two years, the General Assembly has added to the toolbox of Hoosier entrepreneurs, reformed the education system and remained financially secured with a balanced budget. The reforms to our education system and tax structure for residents and businesses have provided a foundation for sustainable growth and prosperity, which is why Indiana has continued to outperform the nation in private sector job growth, 6.5 percent compared to 3.5 percent, since the low point of unemployment in 2009.

Looking forward, Indiana is in a great position for unparalleled growth. It is important to look at every option to properly use our strong financial position – one of only 9 states with a triple-A credit rating from all three major credit companies – to address key shortages in STEM-related fields, providing a workforce for jobs currently being created.

Over the next three weeks, I will more specifically focus on the three key aspects of the House Republican agenda. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, I encourage you to contact me by phone at (317) 232-9671 or via email at h76@in.gov.

I believe in the American Dream and the opportunities this country provides for its citizens. The grit and determination to make the most of our opportunities lives within all of us. 

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Guest column is published in the Posey County News.