Fischer touts economic plans at South Sioux City stop

September 20, 2012

Bret Hayworth

SOUTH SIOUX CITY | As the months of the U.S. Senate campaign in Nebraska have gone on, Republican candidate Deb Fischer has held tightly to her agenda of improving the nation’s business climate to boost job growth.

Speaking after a South Sioux City Chamber of Commerce event on Friday, Fischer said even though differing domestic and international hot topics have popped up in 2012, the people of Nebraska still most want lawmakers to address the economy.

Fischer, a state senator from Valentine, said the poor economy stems from federal overspending and too sizable debt. Fix those government budget problems, she said, and things will improve elsewhere in the economy.

“Everything else stems from that. We need to balance the budget, we need to grow jobs, we need to look at the deficit and the debt,” Fischer said.

She is running against Bob Kerrey, a Democrat, for the seat currently held by U.S.Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., who did not seek another term.

Fischer said it is wrong to criticize her position that the federal deficit, now at$1.16 trillion, can be pared back with program cuts and without tax increases.

“Everybody always brings up that you have to increase taxes. No, we don’t. You can increase (governmental) revenue by creating jobs, and that’s what I want todo,” Fischer said.

Reforming the tax code and reducing unhelpful regulations on businesses is the way to aid the business climate, she said.

Fischer would not commit to a goal of a certain amount of dollars that should be cut each year to balance the budget. She said that balancing goal would take atleast 10 years.”

“It is not really realistic for me to stand here and say, ‘Yes, we need to cut this much or this much or this much.’ Of course, we can look at cuts. If you repeal ObamaCare, that is $500 billion that you can save. If you reduce the federal workforce by 15 percent, that is $230 billion,” Fischer said.

“…There are no easy answers, there are no sound bites to this, and Nebraskans realize that.”

Kerrey, a former two-term senator, campaigned in Dakota County on Monday. Fischer said she and Kerrey are definitely on the opposite side of most issues, so Nebraskans will have stark contrasts from which to choose in the Nov. 6 election.