Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Testifies Today Before House

February 01, 2012

FEB 1, 2012 -- Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Peter Ferrara, author of America’s Ticking Bankruptcy Bomb, is testifying today at a hearing of the full House Committee on Small Business.

The hearing -- “The Path to Job Creation: The State of American Small Businesses” -- begins at 1 p.m. today in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. It will examine obstacles to small-business job creation and economic growth.

Ferrara will be joined on the panel of witnesses by:

  • Dr. Dennis J. Jacobe, chief economist, Gallup, Washington, DC
  • Dr. Martin Neil Baily, The Brookings Institution, director, Initiative on Business and Public Policy; senior fellow, Economic Studies; Bernard L. Schwartz Chair in Economic Policy Development, Washington, DC
  • Michael J. Fredrich, president, Manitowoc Custom Molding, Manitowoc, Wisconsin (testifying on behalf of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council)

Ferrara served in the White House Office of Policy Development under President Ronald Reagan, and as associate deputy attorney general of the United States under President George H.W. Bush.

An excerpt from Ferrara’s prepared remarks:

“Official U.S. government projections have shown for some time now that over the next 30 to 40 years federal spending as a percent of GDP will double to 40 percent or more. Financing that would ultimately require at least doubling every federal tax. Add in continued state and local spending growing towards 15 percent of GDP, and government in America will consume more than half of the economy. Much more than half in the end, because under that burden GDP growth collapses, leaving the government share an even higher percentage of a shrunken GDP.

“This would fundamentally transform America into a static, low growth, socialist European state. America’s traditional world leading prosperity and opportunity, the American Dream, would be gone.”

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