This is the final part of a two part posting regarding the constituent Town Hall Meeting held on Friday, February 4 in Naples, Florida at The Naples Area Board of Realtors (NABOR). Click here to view Part I if you missed it:
As one self employed constituent brought up to the Senator regarding the apex of his inability to earn a living as a painter was due to small business restrictions that are out of control by the EPA. Senator Rubio understands regulations of all types are strangling the very essence of small businesses that make up 99.7 percent of all employer firms.
Oh, and while we’re on the subject here’s some more interesting facts from the U.S. SBA:
- Employ just over half of all private sector employees.
- Pay 44 percent of total U.S. private payroll.
- Have generated 64 percent of net new jobs over the past 15 years.
- Create more than half of the nonfarm private gross domestic product (GDP).
- Hire 40 percent of high tech workers (such as scientists, engineers, and computer programmers).
- Are 52 percent home-based and 2 percent franchises.
- Made up 97.3 percent of all identified exporters and produced 30.2 percent of the known export value in FY 2007.
- Produce 13 times more patents per employee than large patenting firms; these patents are twice as likely as large firm patents to be among the one percent most cited.
So, back to Rubio: Regulatory reform is the key to business in D.C. He spoke about being proactive in and voting for Health Care Reform. As it stands now, it’s killing job creation and diminishes the quality of care. He has seen the direct benefit to his parents from Social Security and Medicare and knows it’s got to have reform for the current and future generations. Entitlement Reform is big in his goals and it will be up to President Obama to lead the way. That will either become evident this week when he submits his budget or it will show he doesn’t have what it takes to lead the nation (my words, not his). The Discretionary Fund: Needs major overhaul and is in favor of banning earmarks but realizes that in and of itself, is not the magic answer. Without sounding like a cheerleader for him, I felt that his words and commitment to Florida in not playing the same old political games became forefront in the commitment and response from his constituents. As one man of 71 yrs stood up, he said that he, Senator Rubio “Got it.” The “it” being what only a select few have and many others strive for but never achieve. And there really wasn’t any other words needed as the crowd threw themselves onto their feet and applauded vigorously. This man said that he’s always had very little faith in any politician that ran to lead our nation in the White House but that he voted for JFK and again for Reagan. He said the next vote he casts for President will be for the young man that stood in front of him, sure of his principles, faith and commitment to those that he represents. I would certainly agree with that. Does he need the experience behind him, yes. But remember, this is not the first of his legislative career, he was Speaker of the House for Florida so he knows much more than some “outsiders” are giving him credit for. Time will lead us to the answers but I for one hope he continues to pursue his passion, not forego his principals and stay the man and leader Floridians voted for in November. For further information or any questions on Naples real estate please contact Ruth Bethem at Ruth@RuthBethem.com or direct at 239-777-7007 or toll free 877-777-7545.