Make your voice heard -- vote!

Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Everyone says the same thing about almost every election—this may be the most important one in our lifetimes. Only this time it may actually be true!

What’s at stake on November 8? Just about everything. The Supreme Court hangs in the balance. The future of our trading system is uncertain. We could see deepening divisions on crucial issues like immigration. Executive power could be stretched to new limits. A growing and empowered government could raise spending, hike taxes, expand entitlements, and double down on regulations. Our economy could continue to limp along at 1%–2% growth. And America’s leadership in the world could falter.

If the polls are to be believed, Americans are choosing between two of the most unpopular presidential candidates in decades. But that cannot be an excuse to sit on the sidelines. Too much is at stake. Regardless of how voters feel about the presidential candidates, they can make a real difference by casting their votes in crucial congressional elections. The business community is working to maintain pro-growth majorities in the Senate and the House. They can serve as a backstop against bad policies and help advance good policies—no matter who occupies the White House.

It’s easy to be cynical in this environment. Some think that our problems are too big and our politics are too small. Some wonder whether voting is worth the effort, or whether it will really make a difference this year. But every vote represents a voice. We hope that all Americans will make theirs heard in what could truly be the most consequential election of our lifetimes. And we hope that U.S. businesses will exercise their right to engage in the political process and have a say in the policies that will impact their companies and their employees for years to come.

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