Congressional hopeful Joe Heck–former Nevada state senator, physician and businessman, veteran and Army Reservist–spoke briefly with BATTLE ‘10 this afternoon as new national unemployment numbers were reported heading into Labor Day weekend.
The reality of this devastating figure is that it has hit every household across the Las Vegas valley, yet Washington D.C. continues to spend money without accountability and without results. Each day, as the unemployment numbers rise, fewer and fewer people can honestly say they are better off now than they were when Dina Titus went to Washington.
Heck talked about his concerns over a faulty healthcare bill and failed stimulus spending and spoke of “empty promises, including Obama’s promise that unemployment would not rise above 7.9 percent.” He said if elected his priority in Washington will be to create an environment where we can have “sustainable job growth” and “make Nevada prosperous again.”
Heck’s opponent, freshman congresswoman Dina Titus, also submitted a statement about unemployment situation to BATTLE ‘10. Naturally, she sees things a bit differently:
Today’s unemployment numbers tell us what we already know – Nevadans are struggling as we work to turn the economy around after the deepest recession in a generation. While we have gone from losing about 700,000 jobs the month before I was sworn in to creating 67,000 private sector jobs last month, our work is far from over. We must redouble our efforts to diversify Nevada’s economy through investments in sectors such as renewable energy that will bring good jobs to the Silver State.
Heck has repeatedly said he believes the answer to the jobs problem is not for Congress to artificially spur certain industries but instead to set the conditions under which the entire private sector can create jobs. He today reiterated to BATTLE ‘10 that he believes this is best done “through a stable, fair and predictable tax base” and the avoidance of “onerous regulations” on businesses.