Notwithstanding the war in Iraq, the economy has become a new source of focus for both the media and politicians. While economic statistics suggest that the worst may have passed, the recovery is slow, and persistent unemployment numbers continue to generate worries among both employers and employees, particularly in the manufacturing sector. The stalled economy has many pointing to the president’s tax cuts as the source of the malaise. However, the tax cuts were a critical first step towards a stronger economy, providing businesses the capital to invest in new growth while allowing consumers to keep more of their hard-earned income. Rather than calling for more big government solutions, Washington needs to build on the president’s economic agenda by removing unnecessary burdens and roadblocks to growth and investment. Eliminating unnecessary and excessive regulatory burdens and reforming the nation’s costly legal system are important elements of the economic reform formula.