November 6, 2010 | 1 comment
Rep. Michele Bachmann’s keynote remarks, as prepared for delivery Tuesday evening at The American Spectator’s annual Robert L. Bartley Dinner.
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They are exhausted from the larding of trillions upon trillions of debt on the backs of their children and grandchildren, and knowing that America is most certainly not better off than it was 14 trillion dollars ago.
And they’ve had it with being demonized as “enemies” simply because they believe in the power of freedom and America’s founding principles.
Our citizens were looking for leaders willing to stand with them and confront these challenges with solutions rooted in the vision of our Founders and the principles of our Constitution, and it culminated last Tuesday.
Someone said last week that this election was a restraining order against the Obama Administration. We could also use an injunction, and someone over at the Department of Justice to enforce it… but we’ll take care of that in 2012. In the meantime, we conservatives have a lot of work to do.
Our challenge as leaders is to show our fellow citizens a clear road ahead…to define a path that will remove the uncertainty and the unpredictability that has prolonged the economic stagnation we’ve been saddled with … to grow our economy and jobs, cut the spending and shrink the size of government, support our troops who defend our freedom, and restore our nation to its rightful position as the leader of the free world.
Over the past year, I, as well as a number of other conservatives across the country, laid out a clear and ambitious agenda to get America back on track, which was based on our founding principles.
First, we cut the spending, reduced the size of government, and put forward a balanced budget for 2011.
The Democrats fully funded their big-spending, big-government pet projects in the trillion-dollar stimulus they rammed through Congress, calling many of them “shovel ready projects,” which President Obama now acknowledges never really existed.
Now, the American people expect — at the very least — that over the next few months they will see proposals from Congress to achieve such things as a 25% cut in federal government spending, to offset the amount that President Obama has increased spending, as well as a commitment to no increased spending beyond population growth plus inflation. They want proposals that will cancel the dispersal of outstanding “stimulus” funds and return all repaid TARP funds to the U.S. Treasury. And they want a balanced budget passed for 2011 with no tax increases.
Second, we return to our past to ensure a more secure future.
This means Congress should pass the “mother of all repeal bills” to essentially turn back the clock on the four years of the Pelosi/Reid/Obama job-killing agenda. It’s our turn for pro-growth Republicans to pass a repeal bill that does away with government rules and regulations that kill American job growth.
Imagine the economic after effects when we repeal and cut away all of the ugly, expensive tentacles of ObamaCare and allow Americans to purchase health insurance policies, with no minimum mandates, anywhere in the U.S., with tax-free dollars, and real tort reform. Or when we downsize the EPA’s mission to conservation of safe air, land and water, and legalize American energy production in natural gas, clean coal, nuclear, hydro, petroleum, wind and solar — all with public safety requirements and without federal subsidies.
Third, we not only reduce the size of government, we reduce its role in our lives.
In other words, Uncle Sam would officially declare himself out of the bailout business. Whether we’re talking about not bailing out under-funded public employee pension plans, those of unionized or non-unionized private businesses or Wall Street investors, all of them have seen the last of federal bailouts. This also mean getting out of running and owning private businesses, starting with Freddie and Fannie and Sally Mae, and encouraging competition in the mortgage industry by ending federally backed mortgage subsidies.
Finally, with spending reduced and government smaller, we will bring certainty and greater simplicity to our tax policy.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?