Steve Bloom is as “free market” as they come. “No economic system in the history of the world has worked as well as the free market to bring people from poverty to prosperity and free them from oppression,” Bloom said in a recent interview with the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association.
He blames the acceptance of new economic ideas on the political expediency of characterizing capitalism as a selfish, or even greedy, basis for economic growth. “The key word that a lot of people conveniently leave out when talking about Adam Smith and capitalism is that it stems from enlightened self-interest, not just self-interest,” he says.
“The Constitution was written with a moral standard in mind,” he added. “Without it, we begin to obey the rule of men and not law, and that leads to economic chaos and misery.” For Bloom, economic and religious freedoms are intrinsically linked. He warns that freedom of conscience is under attack just as the new economic policies suppress the free market.
Bloom and Kerriel Bailey, an attorney from Virginia, authored, Theyve Crossed the Line: A Patriot's Guide to Religious Freedom, with a forward by former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum. Most reviewers on Amazon.com gave the book five out of five stars. One reviewer proclaimed, “As most business leaders, I am short on time and desire to read books that add value without a lot of fluff. This book does just that, but at the same time the stories at the beginning of each chapter were enjoyable reading. I ordered a book for every member of our HR team!”
Bloom ran for the House 2010 because he “couldn’t watch from the sidelines as the country headed in the wrong direction.” His mission as a lawmaker is to cut the size and scope of government, reduce the burden of taxes and unnecessary regulation, defend constitutional liberties, and unleash the power of free enterprise to create jobs and prosperity. “Over spending and over taxation got us where we are today,” he said.
Bloom has been named a “Guardian of Small Business” by the National Federation of Independent Business, a “Defender of Liberty” by the American Conservative Union, and a “Friend of Agriculture” by the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.
He currently lives Cumberland County, with his wife, Sharon. They have three grown children, a daughter-in-law, and one grandson.