Rick Santorum thinks he has a plan for generating jobs – eliminate the corporate tax rate for manufacturing companies.

We think he’s headed in the right direction.

We’ve always espoused reducing government’s involvement with private enterprise and cutting taxes on companies to help them expand and add jobs.

If such a move would help slow the flood of jobs overseas, all the better.

The presidential candidate and former senator pushed his plan Wednesday when visiting one of our region’s manufacturing success stories – JWF Industries of Johnstown.

After touring the Iron Street plant with JWF officials, Santorum reiterated his belief that eliminating the federal tax of 35 percent for manufacturers would help push job growth and give companies a reason to make their products here rather than in foreign countries.

“We will see an explosion in manufacturing that we haven’t seen since after World War II,” Santorum said.

“It’s going to be an exciting time to be producing things in America.”

In a recent interview with Fox News, Santorum said eliminating that tax on manufacturers would “create a real launching pad for exports here in America.”

In a sentiment he reiterated during a fundraising event Tuesday in Johnstown, Santorum also told Fox he is concerned that manufacturing jobs have dropped from 21 percent of the U.S. economy several decades ago to 9 percent now.

“We lost those jobs overseas,” he said. “We need to bring them back.”

After a respectable fourth-place finish in last month’s Iowa Straw Poll, Santorum sees himself as a rising Republican candidate in the race for the 2012 presidential nomination.

We don’t know if he has a chance of winning the GOP nod.

But we do hope his proposals for the economy make people stop and listen.

On this Labor Day, any idea that could help improve our economy and reward companies striving to create jobs is worth consideration.

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