We need fair and free trade.

Activists have every right to espouse their views of utopia.

We Americans typically are more positive about our individual futures, which we have some control over, than we are the nation's or the world's, which we see largely through the media prism.

Smoot and Hawley ginned up The Tariff Act of 1930 to get America back to work after the Stock Market Crash of '29. Instead, it destroyed trade so effectively that by 1932, American exports to Europe were just a third of what they had been in 1929. World trade fell two-thirds as other nations retaliated. Jobs evaporated.

We want to make sure that workers know their rights and that employers know their obligations. That is the best way to protect workers.

Consider trade protectionism. It's been tried - and found wanting - since the Great Depression.

I know what it is like to feel vulnerable and fearful during a difficult time.

We need long-term tax reform that promotes private sector job creation. And legislated mandates that kill jobs by raising the cost of payrolls need to be eliminated.

The work of these women doesn't end when they return home from overseas, as one goal of the Peace Corps' mission is to help promote a better understanding of other cultures here in the United States.

Never far from my thoughts are memories of being a little girl in Queens, N.Y., our family of five crowded in a small one-bedroom apartment, struggling to learn English and survive a new life in a new country, America. We humbly and gratefully still recall the kindnesses shown by strangers and neighbors who became new friends.

People can voice their different points of view. We are also a country where there will be criticism.

For any trade deal to move forward, there has to be agreement.

Even if it's a national issue, the federal government cannot provide all the answers.

The Obama administration's zeal to not 'waste a good crisis,' as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton put it, has been stunning even for Washington insiders to behold.

We're a robust democracy here. That's the wonderful thing about this country.

Americans did not suffer alone. World trade overall fell two-thirds in the first few years of the Depression.

America's private sector job creators need elected leaders to lead and get out of the way.

When the Smoot-Hawley bill landed on President Herbert Hoover's desk, more than 1,000 economists urged him to veto it. Tragically, the president ignored their pleas.

European-style interventions to which the Obama administration is inclined will not make America more competitive in the world-wide economy. Such policies will not increase growth, will not decrease unemployment, and will not increase wages for workers.

The OPPA route is nothing new. It follows the decades-old liberal agenda on trade, health care, global warming, and mass unionization. That agenda has never brought prosperity to workers.

To maintain their own competitiveness, workers need to attain and stay current on the qualifications needed to advance in a constantly evolving economy.

In the best of years, millions of jobs are lost.

My parents were very supportive.

It has long been said the only things in life that are certain are death and taxes. Automatic enrollment for insurance of 401k loans would add an additional certainty. Fewer Americans would suffer the unnecessary loss of retirement savings due to unanticipated and untimely misfortune in an already stressful time of need.

Our private-sector work force is the most industrious, innovative, productive, and ambitious in the world.

Even when America's economy has been by all measures healthy and the unemployment rate low, some businesses suffer or fail and lay off workers. But nearly always, a simultaneous and even greater burst of new jobs has been created to offset the jobs lost - millions of new jobs every year.

Activist shareholder resolutions do not have to pass to succeed. The process itself can be so injurious to a company that management will cave to demands.

Perhaps the original layaway angel knew from experience, or simply deduced, that people resorting to the old-fashioned installment method of layaway may be struggling financially.

The greatest job creation is driven by entrepreneurs and young businesses, so they merit special attention.

My husband has an outstanding record in promoting opportunity for women and the women that he surrounds himself in his staff and the women that he has promoted throughout his career. He's the father of three daughters. He's obviously a husband who's been very supportive of a very active wife with her own career.

As I looked up at the Statue of Liberty, I thought at that time, 'What a wonderful country.'

Where public pensions are concerned, many jurisdictions are running out of road.

Every person - we want to make sure that every person who wants a job will indeed get one.

There should be an immediate moratorium on federal regulations that endanger jobs.

America's competitive advantage lies in its human talent. All of us should be doing everything we can to cultivate and develop our work force.

Three years after the four deepest previous recessions began - in 1953, 1957, 1973 and 1981 - employment was on average 4.7% higher than the pre-recession peak.

My parents were very, very strict parents, and they were not used to this new, you know, American custom of letting your children sleep in someone else's house.

When there's change, people are always anxious.

America needs a new approach to boost the economy - one that does not doom future generations to being saddled with paying off today's federal deficits.

The Democratic Party's governing elite has long believed there is no problem that European-style policies cannot cure.

Confidence, capital, and new markets fuel entrepreneurship and job-generating expansion of existing businesses.

Though the National Bureau of Economic Research deemed the recession to have ended in June 2009, to most Americans, that conclusion seems not to square with reality.

For significant job creation to occur, prospective entrepreneurs and current business owners must not fear the future or be under assault from their own government in the present.

Confidence, capital, and credit fuel entrepreneurship and economic expansion.

In normal times, laid-off workers are unemployed an average of eight weeks.

To foster entrepreneurship, expansion and job creation, more leaders at all levels of government have to demonstrate some understanding of what it takes to build and grow businesses in the private sector.

Our country needs to produce 250,000 net new jobs every month just to keep even with population growth.

Typically, after moving backwards, the economy takes even more steps forward.

Government at all levels has kicked the fiscal can down the road for far too long.