The next candidate to speak at the Rightonline conference in Minnesota was Former Minnesota Governor, Tim Pawlenty. His speech was given as one might speak with a good friend. The beginning of his talk was filled with a bit of background about his family and some humorous stories illustrating specific challenges such as the rising gas prices.
His opening was a very clear, quiet statement that we live in the most free and prosperous nation in the world. This is a place where each person can follow their own American dream.
The issue defined by Mr. Pawlenty boils down to one specific thing. Government crowds into our lives in spaces that were previously filled with families, individuals, and businesses.
Spending should not be the only focus. We must also plan for prosperity. Every hour 144M is spent that our government simply does not have.
What is his plan to improve our situation?
- People must stand up to Washington and have the conviction to say: No More!
- Phase out all ethanol subsidies
- Put reasonable solutions on the table
- Tell Wallstreet to get their “snout” out of the government
His concern is that time be invested to identify a candidate with fortitude, and strength to get the job done, despite all pressures. Governor Pawlenty gave the example of when he had to deal with a problem associated with the bus drivers. He had discovered that if a bus driver worked 15 years, they would earn healthcare free for life. He said no, and thus began a combative discussion with the bus drivers. The job was tough, and many times he had to face down a rather loud opposition when making the tough decisions.
His plan for economic growth has been outlined and published. The plan calls for 5% growth targeted each year. Governor Pawlenty acknowledged the media and economists criticized the document and said it was impossible. “If China, India, and Brazil can do it, the United States of America can do it”, stated Pawlenty.
The Pawlenty plan for prosperity includes solutions for current challenges:
- Reduce the Corporate Tax from 35% to 15%
- Eliminate all loopholes in the taxcode
- Energy must be derived from the vast stores of resources in America (not from other countries)
- Collapse the tax brackets so there are only two; the key being simplification for everyone
- Take the time to listen to the job creators in America, and find out what they need to grow jobs
Governor Pawlenty freely admitted he had made choices that were not good for Minnesota at times. When he realized they were not the best solution for Minnesotans, he would reverse his earlier decisions and explain this to the people. Authors’ note: Everyone makes mistakes, and admitting those errors in judgment is good. However, we must also scrutinize all candidates to see if the majority of their decisions and judgements have been sound. Doing research on all of the candidates’ background has never been more important!Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )