With last week’s announcement from the Bureau of Labor Statistics boasting a 4.6 national unemployment rate, now is the time for Republicans to tout their policies that have made a difference to the American family. Despite what Democrats want people to believe, our economy is on the right track. The real gross domestic product increased 3.5 percent in 2005. The economy has been growing for 17 straight quarters, and real household net worth is at an all-time high a $52.1 trillion.

I can speak locally about my constituents in California—I get letters from folks back home urging support for Small Business Administration loans and to keep taxes low.  People want their money back in their pocket to reinvest in businesses, and create even more jobs. They don’t want the government making financial decisions for them.

When my Republican colleagues and I took back the House in 1994, unemployment numbers from major metropolitan areas in my district—Fresno, Madera and Modesto, were more than double what they are today. This country needs Republican leadership to create more jobs and stimulate the economy.