Small Business & Jobs

It shouldn’t be so hard for an American to start a small business when there are so many irrelevant regulations keeping them from turning a profit. It shouldn’t be that most business laws were made to keep small businesses from growing into large ones. It shouldn’t be that so many large multi-national businesses receive tax breaks for exporting our jobs overseas. It shouldn’t be that so many corporate conglomerates receive subsidies from us while they’re simultaneously having windfall profits. It shouldn’t be that the very bankers responsible for our Great Recession are living bailed out lifestyles totally without any punishment.

America has been suffering from an unemployment/underemployment problem since 2008. This is only the second period since the Great Depression that we have faced such an enormous challenge. I refer to this period as the “Great Recession.” A few of the more pessimistic folks call this period the “Great Depression II.” In these challenging times, creating jobs by supporting entrepreneurs is of paramount importance and I will do everything I can to boost quality employment in our district.

America is the world's largest and most technologically advanced economy not by accident. It's precisely because generations of American entrepreneurs have worked so tirelessly that our country has been so successful. Small businesses employ the most people, contribute a large portion of America's GDP, and give America its technological edge. It's therefore imperative that we encourage entrepreneurs and incentivize them to grow so that we can achieve robust economic growth, expand employment opportunities, and remain at the forefront of today's competitive global economy.

The so called job-creators have been enjoying some of the lowest tax rates in nearly a century. In fact, statistics indicate that the rich are getting richer and the middle-class are getting poorer. When President Reagan was faced with a smaller recession than the one we are facing now, he raised taxes on the top earners 11 times during the 8 years of his presidency. Majority of the Republicans, including my opponent Mimi Walters, have offered little to nothing to spur job growth beyond the same old canards. This must change. We must move forward on an effective and fair jobs bill such as the Budget for All bill.

My opponent, Walters, has done nothing for our district or our nation for that matter to help create more jobs; jobs that our communities, our state, and our country so badly need in this fragile stage of the Great Recession. Once again, she is not standing for WE the Peopleshe is standing for special interest Wall Street and Billionaire Class campaign contributors. See which industries are Walters' largest contributors here!

Walters’ Voting/Support Record:

  • NO on all jobs bills proposed
  • NOT standing up for WE the People

Varasteh’s Congressional Pledge:

  • Support effective and fair jobs bills such as Congressional Progressive Caucus' "Budget for All"
  • WE the People must maintain our crucial infrastructure for commerce
  • Reform subsidies and tax-breaks granted to large agricultural businesses
  • Reform regulations that choke small and medium agricultural businesses from starting and growing
  • Reform offshore tax havens laws
  • Standing up for WE the People
  • Not for sale