Rick Santorum on Jobs
Republican Jr Senator (PA)
Rick's Plan: As President, Rick Santorum will work to make unions accountable to their members. This includes supporting a National Right-to-Work law. Santorum will also appoint a new NLRB--without misusing recess appointments--that will protect workers and their right to join or not join a union. Rick also believes that secret-ballot elections should be the norm whenever a union seeks to represent workers.
SANTORUM: I've already signed a pledge that I would sign a national right-to-work bill And when I was a senator from Pennsylvania, which is a state that is not a right-to-work state, the state made a decision not to be right to work. And I wasn't going to go to Washington and overturn that from the federal government and do that to the state.
PAUL: As president, are you going to represent South Carolina or Pennsylvania? That's really the question.
SANTORUM: I said I would support a national right-to-work law and sign it into law, and would support and advocate for one.
SANTORUM: We have to look at having a reasonable time for people to get a job and then turn their lives around. But, we've seen this administration extending benefits up to 99 weeks. I don't support that. I think if you have people who are out of work that long a period of time, without question it makes it harder to find work when you come back. When you're that far long away from a job, then you lose certain skills. I believe unemployment insurance should go back to the states. Let the states design it. But to have a federal program that roughly and crudely tries to assess the problem of unemployment from state to state and area to area, is the wrong approach. Give flexibility to the states to operate those programs, as we did on welfare; have either work requirement of job training required as a condition. We're not doing people any favors by keeping them on unemployment insurance for a long period of time.
PERRY: Actually, it's a federal issue because of the law that was passed that forces the states to make a decision about whether or not they're going to be right to work. I'm a right to work guy.
SANTORUM: I have signed a pledge that I would support a national right to work. When I was a senator from Pennsylvania, I didn't vote for it because Pennsylvania's not a right to work state, and I didn't want to vote for a law that would change the law in Pennsylvania, number one. Number two, what can unions do? They can do training. They also do a lot in the community. I work with a lot of labor unions in Philadelphia and other places to do a lot of community involvement work and they try to participate as good members of the community like the business does.
SANTORUM: Yeah, the jobs can come back if you create a climate for them to be profitable We have a lot of manufacturers in Pennsylvania. I don't know a single one who wanted to ship their jobs offshore, who didn't want them in their own community to be able to employ people and see the fruits of their labor benefiting the community that they live in. What happened was we became uncompetitive. So we need to be competitive. And that's why I proposed taking the corporate tax from 35% and eliminating it, zero percent tax. Allow this to be the manufacturing capital of the world again. Repeal every regulation the Obama administration has put in place that's over $100 million. Repeal them all. You may have to replace a few, but let's repeal them all because they are all antagonistic to businesses, particularly in the manufacturing sector.
SANTORUM: I think the most important area that we have to focus in on when it comes to unions is public employee unions. That's the area of unionization that's growing the fastest and it's costing us the most money. We've seen these battles on the state level--where unions have really bankrupted states from pension plans--to here on the federal level. I do not believe that state or federal workers should be involved in unions. And I would actually support a bill that says that we should not have public employee unions for the purposes of wages and benefits to be negotiated.
A: What we should do with the Fed is to make it a single charter instead of a dual charter. I think the second charter that was instituted that had it be responsible for increasing employment and dealing with that leads to a fundamental distrust among the American people that they are taking their eye off the ball, which is sound money. They should be a sound money Federal Reserve. That should be their single charter, and that is it.
A: The federal government kills jobs! We don't need more programs & bureaucrats telling business how to operate. I believe in free people to grow our economy not government. I proposed getting America making things again. A 0% corporate tax rate on all manufacturing, cut regulations and drill for oil and gas
As the federation of America’s unions, the AFL-CIO includes more than 13 million of America’s workers in 60 member unions working in virtually every part of the economy. The mission of the AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our nation. To accomplish this mission we will build and change the American labor movement.
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