Harry Reid and Democrats of the Senate,

The 13.9 million unemployed Americans have a message for you.  The message is short, sweet, and to the point: stop.  Stop putting your narrow-minded, anti-economic recovery ideology before our jobs, families, and livelihoods.

A recent example of Senate Democrats’ narrow-minded ideology shows itself in the form of a tweet from the Majority Leader Reid himself: “We can’t allow the myth of job-killing regs 2 distract us from the very real crisis of unemployment facing this nation #DsWorking2CreateJobs”.  The only thing more ridiculous than the content of this Tweet is the fact that Harry Reid somehow finds time in his busy day to spend time Tweeting it.

All in all, it goes without saying that Senator Reid and most Senate Democrats (including Senator Nelson) have been in Washington and diverged from reality for way too long. Let’s focus on the facts:

According to a recent Gallup poll, small business owners are most likely to name complying with government regulations as the most pressing problem facing them today and, thereby, hindering their ability to hire unemployed Americans.  Surprised? You shouldn’t be.  Business owners have claimed that over-regulation has been killing American jobs for years.  I wonder if Harry Reid actually asked business owners what they needed to create jobs?  Surely he didn’t think he could do it all by himself…

Currently, the Directory of Federal Regulations contains over 81,000 pages; in other words, if you were to read 100 pages a day, every day, it would take you over two years to complete.  Can you imagine trying to keep up with all the regulations and the incredibly complex tax code?  It is no surprise entrepreneurs are apprehensive about starting a business.

However, complying with outdated, unnecessary, and burdensome regulations doesn’t just cost small businesses precious time, it also cost them a lot of money that could have been put to a better use, such as hiring unemployed and underemployed Americans. In a nutshell, regulatory compliance costs American businesses $1.75 trillion annually; enough money to hire 43 million workers, a quarter of the American workforce.

If Harry Reid actually wanted to create jobs, he could.  In fact, he could be the hero that unemployed Americans have been waiting for.  But he won’t be; the regulations that cripple entreprenuers are the same regulations that keep him in office term after term.  Without a promise to create jobs, he has nothing to offer his constituents.

Contact Harry Reid’s office and let him know that Americans are sick of his empty promises and false intentions.

Ryan Heffner // Eckerd College // @rrheffner