U.S. Sen. Bob Corker told a room full of young professionals Wednesday that pro-growth tax reform is needed for the economy to progress.
“Frustration is so high on both sides of the aisle, I feel that something is going to happen,” the Chattanooga Republican said. “I feel more optimistic about that than I have in a long time.”
Corker said the best thing for the nation to get past its “self-doubt is to focus on pro-growth tax reform.” He did not get specific about tax measures.
“It’s literally generational theft,” he said. “You are going to pay the tab for my generation, and your children will pay.”
Corker, a special guest of the Murfreesboro Young Professionals, spoke on his perspective regarding the country’s fiscal challenges and the importance of embracing the free enterprise system.
He also discussed how earned success, no matter what its measure, brought joy and confidence, and how individuals such as those present were working toward that type of success.
“Things like this excite me as much as anything I do for the U.S. Senate,” Corker said.
He made the luncheon stop in Rutherford County after spending time in Chattanooga to meet with another group of young professionals.
“The environment that you are creating for economic development for young people in this county,” Corker said, “I just want to thank you. I’m envious.”
The address was held just before 1 p.m. at Maple Street Grill and included members of MYP, a networking organization geared toward helping young professionals connect with each other, socially and professionally, and encourages them to give back to their community.
“All of you care about success. You care about creating great businesses and building a great community,” Corker said.
The senator spoke for about 20 minutes before taking questions from attendees. Among them were state Reps. Pat Marsh and Joe Carr and Sen. Jim Tracy, as well as Beth Cope of U.S. Rep. Diane Black’s office. Topics ranged from the European financial markets to tax reform and the upcoming election.
“I appreciate your candidness,” said Scott Flowers, a local financial adviser. “I want to say that what you do matters.”
“I thought it was neat that he would come to talk to everyone,” said Rachel Hagler, MYP member and staff writer for Murfreesboro Magazine. “It shows he takes our organization seriously and sees the importance of what we are doing.”
MYP is a membership-driven nonprofit group aimed at creating a community for professionals. By focusing on today’s professionals, MYP hopes to develop a stronger workforce, seasoned leaders and a better Murfreesboro.
The group hosts monthly meetings, bi-weekly lunches and other networking opportunities. To learn more, visit www.murfreesboroyoungprofessionals.org.