Should government help entrepreneurs create jobs, or just get out of their way?
Over the past year, the economy has surged ahead, posting some of its strongest growth rates in years. Most recently, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan has cited a gradually improving labor market. Indeed, the "jobless recovery" has become a hot issue in the presidential campaign and a cause of worry for business owners and staff alike. Now some in Congress have begun to ask how government can stimulate a hiring boom.
Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez and Congressman Rick Renzi see drastically different ways in which Congress can help. Velázquez (D-NY) is the ranking minority member on the House Small Business Committee; Renzi (R-AZ) founded three small businesses before entering Congress and takes a major interest in entrepreneurs' issues. The two don't agree on much politically. But they share one characteristic: They both care about small business, and they don't back away from hot issues relevant to entrepreneurs.
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