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Business works in America

We are now in the midst of one of the most important elections of our time, and much attention is sure to be paid to the question of who gets credit for our enormously successful national economy. Many candidates will want to take credit for an economy that has resulted in record levels of employment and provides real hope for the future.

Economic strength provides the ability to solve lingering national problems such as reducing debt, shoring up Social Security and improving education and health care. Because of our strong economy, more resources are available for public safety and building infrastructure. It should be noted that these are lofty national goals. Solving many of these long-term challenges wouldn't be possible without the roaring economy and the revenue, energy and hope it provides.

But a question remains. Who should get credit for the economy we are enjoying? The answer is direct and simple -- business, including workers and taxpayers, is responsible not only for our prosperity, but for our ability to productively use resources to solve society's problems.

n Business is at least one thing that works well in America today.

n Business creates the jobs that have provided the prosperity to fund education and health care research.

n Business makes possible paying down the national debt and shoring up Social Security.

n Business creates the jobs and tax base that drive society's engine.

In West Virginia we can learn from the national economy. It is business and business leaders who can solve our problems. When business in West Virginia tells us about the need for competitive and fair workers' compensation rates, fair courts, an attractive tax base, an educated and healthy work force, and an environmental regulatory process that works professionally and effectively, everyone who cares about West Virginia's future should pay attention.

When candidates start giving government the credit for our prosperity, remember. Business is what is working well in America and should be credited for our economy's successes. Allowing business to work well in West Virginia creates the best opportunity for us to experience the same benefits the rest of the country is enjoying.

Steve Roberts, President

West Virginia

Chamber of Commerce

Charleston

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