Economic Issues

Job creation and the economy are at the forefront of issues currently facing the people of the United States.

  • Supports free enterprise and less regulation on the marketplace. Jeff Dove believes that, to paraphrase Nobel Prize winning economist Friedrich Hayek, Free markets make free people. As someone working in the new economy, Jeff understands that transitions will be fast and often bumpy, but that a dynamic economy is the source of growth in the 21st Century.

 

  • Opposes both the Trans Pacific Partnership and the North American Free Trade Agreement as threats to American workers. Jeff believes that in terms of trade, we can get a better deal for American job creators and their employees. He wants a level playing field for all Americans, understanding that the American economy should serve its people, not the other way around.

 

  • Believes in a balanced federal budget and is profoundly concerned at the expansion of the National Debt under Obama. Since Obama took office, the National Debt has spiked from $10.6 trillion to $18 trillion, with debt as a percentage of the Gross National Product rising from 60 percent to more than 100 percent.

 

  • Right to Work laws. Jeff opposes mandatory union membership and believes that the growing influence of government unions creates a situation in which government ends up negotiating with itself, with the taxpaying public locked out of the process. This self-dealing atmosphere runs counter to the obligation of government to be the stewards of the public purse.

 

  • Jeff believes that the federally mandated minimum wage should remain where it is until we have approached the levels of full employment in which a rise in the minimum would not significantly raise unemployment levels. The correlation between higher minimum wages and job layoffs at those levels is clearly established, as is its impact on the price of consumer goods. Jeff believes that the best economic dynamic is one in which low-skilled workers move up the ladder by acquiring skills, and that an emphasis on vocational training and job skills is money better spent than in raising the consumer price of goods.

 

  • Government pensions and pension reform. Right now, the level of obligation incurred by public sector pensions at all levels cries out for a shift from defined benefits to defined contribution plans similar to the 401(k) programs now employed in most of the private sector. Jeff would favor a shift to that system for non-military federal employees in order to prevent the fiscal “bomb” that many experts are predicting as the cost of pensions overwhelm our ability to pay for them.

 

  • Jeff supports a plan to create business tax credits for businesses that have created more substantial telecommuting efforts as well as a tax credit for supplementing the internet costs of employees to allow for telework. this will help to alleviate traffic issue in some of our largest cities.