Los Angeles Marketing Consultant Accepts 2005 Ronald Reagan Republican Gold Medal on Anniversary of Late President's 95th Birthday

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Business Advisory Council of the National Republican Congressional Committee recognizes Clear Pixel Communications’ Managing Director Matthew A. Gilbert for his efforts to provide entrepreneurial organizations with specialized marketing and management solutions.

Mr. Gilbert has long supported Republican ideals, like debt reduction and tax reform as they relate to the growth and stability of small business in this country

Recognizing President Ronald Reagan’s commitment to America’s entrepreneurial spirit on the same day that he would have celebrated his 95th birthday, Los Angeles business consultant Matthew A. Gilbert announces that he has received the 2005 President Ronald Reagan Republican Gold Medal. Gilbert, the Managing Director of Clear Pixel Communications -- a provider of marketing and management solutions to entrepreneurial organizations and individuals -- was given the award by the Business Advisory Council of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).

“I am truly grateful for this tremendous honor and for the privilege my professional position affords me,” Gilbert said, admiring the dual-sided golden medal that features an engraved image of President Reagan on the obverse and the Capitol building on the reverse. “However, my real reward is the success of my clients and other entrepreneurs working hard each day to make a difference.”

As a medal recipient, Gilbert will participate in periodic strategy briefings to provide input on economic and tax issues, as well as how to build broad-based support for conservative initiatives within the business community. His name will also be permanently listed in the ranks of the Republican Honor Roll at the NRCC headquarters in Washington, D.C.

“Mr. Gilbert has long supported Republican ideals, like debt reduction and tax reform as they relate to the growth and stability of small business in this country,” explained U.S. Congressman Tom Reynolds (R-NY), Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), “He serves as co-chairman of our Business Advisory Council, and I look forward to Mr. Gilbert’s continued participation as a key member of the committee. I offer my congratulations on the award.”

Reagan’s Big Impact on Small Business

In addition to his many other achievements, President Reagan is also remembered as an advocate of small businesses. During a March 1983 Small Business Week proclamation, President Reagan acknowledged the importance of America’s entrepreneurial spirit to our revolution and founding as an independent nation.

"Our Founding Fathers envisioned a nation whose strength and vitality would emerge from the ingenuity of its people and their commitment to individual liberty. American entrepreneurs and small business owners enthusiastically embraced the challenges of freedom, and through the miracle of the marketplace, set in motion the forces of economic growth that made our nation uniquely productive,” he said.

When Reagan took office in 1981, America’s economy was in a deep recession. Real gross private domestic investment sunk to 11 percent, inflation surged to more than 13 percent and the prime interest rate exceeded 15 percent. Fortunately, Reagan’s tighter monetary policies wrestled inflation under control, while his tax cuts and regulation reductions accelerated economic growth and increased employment. As a result, the highest personal income tax rate dropped from a restrictive 70 percent to a manageable 28 percent. During a joint session of the Alabama state legislature in March 1982, Reagan emphasized the impact of his tax cuts on small business.

“Most new jobs in America are created by small business, and most small businesses pay their taxes by the personal rates, not the corporate rates,” he clarified. “So the personal tax cuts will create jobs. Those who oppose it would only handcuff employers and further hurt the unemployed.”

Reagan’s efforts made an immediate impact on the American economy. During his tenure, the number of business tax returns jumped 44 percent from 1980 to 1990, real economic growth averaged 4.3 percent from 1983 through 1989, real gross private domestic investment expanded by 53 percent between1982 and 1989, while nearly 18 million jobs were created. What’s more, inflation declined from an average of 11.7 percent (where it remained from 1979 to 1981) to less than 4 percent from 1982 through 1989.

President Reagan summarized his philosophy in his 1990 autobiography “An American Life,” when he writes, “The more government takes in taxes, the less incentive people have to work…reduce tax rates and allow people to spend or save more of what they earn, they’ll be more industrious; they’ll have more incentive to work hard, and money they earn will add fuel to the great economic machine that energizes our national progress.”

About Clear Pixel Communications

Clear Pixel Communications provides marketing and management solutions to entrepreneurial organizations and individuals. Founded in 1999 with the belief that clarity, creativity and consistency create credibility, the foundation of success, Clear Pixel combines creative, analytical and conceptual capabilities to render real results. Committed to communicating our clients' most compelling qualities, Clear Pixel develops initiatives that involve, inform and inspire audiences to act. Call 888-99-PIXEL or visit http://www.clearpixel.com/prweb now to learn how Clear Pixel can help your organization succeed clearly!

About the National Republican Congressional Committee

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is a political committee devoted to building a lasting Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Business Advisory Council, established in 1995 by the National Republican Congressional Committee, is a group of conservative businessmen and women who advocate a progressive, conservative, pro-business agenda. The Washington-based organization pools the expertise of business leaders from across the United States to ensure small business issues remain a priority among government leaders.

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