In this Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 photo, Joseph Halter, CEO of Solmet Technologies, poses in his factory in Canton, Ohio. Halter, a Republican, was forced to cut workers during the downtu

 

              In this Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 photo, Joseph Halter, CEO of Solmet Technologies, poses in his factory in Canton, Ohio. Halter, a Republican, was forced to cut workers during the downtu
In this Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 photo, Joseph Halter, CEO of Solmet Technologies, poses in his factory in Canton, Ohio. Halter, a Republican, was forced to cut workers during the downturn. He watched with frustration as billions of dollars were doled out to stimulus projects, drowning banks, the collapsing U.S. auto industry - and green energy companies. "I don't know that government spending has ever really grown the economy," he says. "I don't believe in subsidies - period," Halter adds, pointing out no federal agency provided money when his business struggled. (It has since rebounded and added workers.) He prefers tax cuts and less regulation. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)