In the coming days, many of us will gather with family and friends for parades, picnics and fireworks in honor of the 238th anniversary of the day our forefathers decided to formally take a stand, a day which is widely recognized as the first step in the birth of our great nation. I recently took a moment to re-examine the Declaration of Independence, the document that this day celebrates. The Declaration changed the course of history and its words are as relevant as ever. There are several passages in particular that have always been striking to me:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
This reminds us that every American is born with the same rights and that government should not impede the opportunity for each one of us to pursue happiness. I have always supported the idea that we all should have the opportunity to secure a job and make a better life for ourselves and our families.
With this in mind, I am happy to say that Ohio is on the rebound. Job numbers are up, home values are up, and business creation is at an all-time high. In fact, more new businesses were created in Ohio in 2013 than in any other year in the 210 year history of our state. It is the result of sound economic policy coming from Columbus. Unemployment has improved by 2% since last July when we implemented an income tax cut for all Ohioans. Our unemployment rate is almost a full percentage point better than the national average.
I must also note that the Declaration goes on to say: “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”
This is a reminder to me that elected officials-including myself-are put in place by the people and that it is my job to serve the people.
That is why I greatly enjoy hearing from folks in our area. As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have questions or concerns. I can be reached by phone at (614) 466-5838, by e-mail at Schaffer@OhioSenate.gov, or by writing State Senator Tim Schaffer, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215. I look forward to hearing from you.