Scholastic Student Reporter
U.S.A. Industries started in 1985 with just three workers and now has a payroll of 221 employees. President Bush said that his tax cuts help small businesses like U.S.A. Industries grow into a big success story.
New York Governor George Pataki, Congressman Pete King, and a number of other politicians, employees, reporters, and Bush supporters attended the event, held on the factory floor. Employees had worked until 1 a.m. the previous night clearing away machinery and setting up chairs for the big day.
The atmosphere was friendly and supportive, and President Bush appeared relaxed and confident. He talked about the fact that we recovered from the 9/11 attacks, and that the stock market has rebounded. "We've overcome a lot," he said.
An employee of U.S.A. Industries spoke about using the money he saved from President Bush's tax cut for home improvement. "Did you hear what Pedro said?" said Bush. "You took your $1,900 in tax relief and put it into your house. I bet you bought some paint, which creates jobs."
After President Bush's speech, the audience was definitely pleased, as people cheered and some even stood on their chairs to applaud.
"I liked [Bush's speech], said supporter Bill Finley as the crowd filed into the parking lot, "because Bush talked about building businesses and acknowledged the military."
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