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Thursday, September 27, 2007

GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY'S OPEN LETTER TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

Boston, MA – Today, Governor Mitt Romney issued an open letter to his fellow Republicans calling on the Republican Party to once again become the party of change in Washington . "Democrats are not the change Washington needs. We are the change Washington needs and it's time for Republicans like us to stand for that change again," writes Governor Romney.
The Republican Party needs to return to its core conservative principles on issues like fiscal responsibility, ending illegal immigration and upholding ethical standards. By returning to these principles, Governor Romney believes Republicans can bring conservative change to Washington .

To view the open letter in yesterday's New Hampshire Union Leader and today's Roll Call, please see: www.mittromney.com/img/pdf/MR_Open_Letter.pdf

Governor Romney's Open Letter:

To my friends and fellow Republicans,
Throughout our country's long and remarkable journey, there have been "inflection points," critical moments when political, economic, military and other forces converged to alter the course of our history.
We are at one of those inflection points today.
Forces of globalization, the rise of major new economic powerhouses such as China and India , and the emergence of radical Jihad have created a "perfect storm" that will change the course of our nation. We face unprecedented challenges in securing our borders, protecting the American family, and ending America 's dependence on foreign oil.
Our actions today will determine which course America will take. Will America remain the world's economic and military superpower, able to preserve peace, progress, and prosperity? Will our children and grandchildren grow up with the same opportunities that have been our birthright for over two centuries? Will our uniquely America culture – a culture of family, patriotism, faith, and freedom – remain our foundation and lead a stronger America into the future?
I believe the American people can rise to these and every other challenge ahead of us. Yet, at this extraordinary moment in our nation's history, our government is failing us. Washington is busy pointing fingers, assigning blame, and spending too much money. There is too much talk and too little action.
The blame, we must admit, does not belong to just one party. If we're going to change Washington , Republicans have to put our own house in order.
We can't be like Democrats – a party of big spending. We can't pretend our borders are secure from illegal immigration. We can't have ethical standards that are a punch-line for Jay Leno.
When Republicans act like Democrats, America loses.
It's time for Republicans to start acting like Republicans. We have to remember who we are: We are not Big Government Republicans. We are not Washington Republicans. We are Change Washington Republicans. Democrats are not the change Washington needs. We are the change Washington needs and it's time for Republicans like us to stand for that change again.
There is not a single challenge America faces that we can't overcome with the innovation and passion that has always been at the heart of the American people. If we change Washington , I believe America can achieve anything.
It's time for change in Washington and that change must begin with us.
Sincerely,
Mitt Romney

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Latest Thoughts about "What they're saying about Romney"

For those who have noticed, you might feel that there is a media "hush" on anything "Romney". The liberal media folks know that the more people see him, the more they like him, and the media doesn't want that. Despite the drop in front-page internet stories and newspaper articles in the major media outlets, there is still a lot of support being shown for Romney. See below:

WHAT THEY'RE REALLY SAYING ABOUT GOVERNOR ROMNEY'S MESSAGE OF "CHANGE BEGINS WITH US"

Governor Romney Takes On The Republican Party's Problems "Head On":

The New York Times' David Brooks: "Thank God. Listen, Republicans need to show it's a new Republican Party. George Bush did in 1999. They’ve been marching to disaster without promising any change, and he's got to fill that in with some substance. But, finally some Republican candidate is going to answer that." (ABC's "This Week," 9/23/07)
Watch David Brooks Here:



Conservative Activist Richard Viguerie: 'At last, a top-tier presidential candidate is paying attention to the discouraged, disheartened and disillusioned base of the Republican Party,' Viguerie said, pointing to a Romney TV ad criticizing the party's 'excessive spending, immigration amnesty and ethical slackness.' Viguerie, a powerful voice in the party's conservative base, said Romney 'has taken a small but significant step toward reclaiming the GOP for the grassroots conservatives who are its backbone.'" (Jill Zuckman, "Romney Declares 'Republican Party Got Lost'," Chicago Tribune, 9/22/07)

The Politico's Jonathan Martin: "If there was any doubt before now, Mitt Romney made plain today his intent to run as a change agent against a political establishment that he argues is failing the country." (Jonathan Martin, "Romney Makes Strongest Case Yet For Change," The Politico, 9/22/07)

National Review Online's Jim Geraghty: "I think the ad Romney unveiled today is, far and away, his best ad and message yet…" (Jim Geraghty, "I'm A Fan Of Romney's New Message, 'Change Begins With Us'," National Review Online's "The Campaign Spot," http://campaignspot.nationalreview.com/post/?q=ZGFlM2IyMTc1NGQ1NmI3YzE5MGM2MTM4ZWM3MDI1Njg, 9/19/07)

Geraghty: "Kudos to Romney for taking on the GOP's image problems head on. I think an electorate that is tired of finger-pointing, excuses, and evading responsibility will appreciate a candidate who says, 'our side screwed up.'" (Jim Geraghty, "I'm A Fan Of Romney's New Message, 'Change Begins With Us'," National Review Online's "The Campaign Spot," http://campaignspot.nationalreview.com/post/?q=ZGFlM2IyMTc1NGQ1NmI3YzE5MGM2MTM4ZWM3MDI1Njg, 9/19/07)

Captain's Quarters' Ed Morrissey: "[W]hile it may not be what Republicans want to hear, it may also be what Republicans need to hear." (Ed Morrissey, "Will Criticizing Republicans Help Romney?" Captain's Quarters, http://www.captainsquartersblog.com/mt/archives/013568.php, 9/22/07)

Matt C At Race 4 2008: "This ad is music to my ears - finally, somebody saying exactly what I’m feeling." (Matt C, "New Romney Ad: 'Change Begins With Us,'" Race42008, http://race42008.com/2007/09/19/new-romney-ad-change-begins-with-us/, 9/19/07)

CNN's Joe Johns: "Well, it's a good message. Hate the mistakes but love the principles." (CNN's "Late Edition," 9/23/07)

The Hill's Klaus Marre: "Presidential hopeful and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) Wednesday called on Republicans to get their house in order and return to the party’s core values." (Klaus Marre, "Romney Calls On GOP To Shape Up," The Hill, 9/19/07)

Arizona Republic's Dan Nowicki: "Romney was hailed as a native son and won a standing ovation at the end of his speech [at Mackinac]." (Dan Nowicki, "In Michigan , Romney Slams D.C.'s GOP," Arizona Republic's "McCain Central," 9/22/07)

The Politico's Jonathan Martin: "An ovation came a moment later when he implored his party to 'start acting like Republicans – not earmarking Republicans, not big spending Republicans, not big government Republicans, but like Reagan Republicans and Roosevelt Republicans.'" (Jonathan Martin, "Romney Makes Strongest Case Yet For Change," The Politico, 9/22/07)

American Spectator's Jennifer Rubin: "He looks a bit more relaxed (no jogging shorts this time but a non-dress shirt) than usual and sets out an effective theme that works for his pitch: we need to change Washington and not imitate the Democrats on spending, immigration and ethics." (Jennifer Rubin, "Romney's New Ad," American Spectator Blog, http://www.spectator.org/blogger.asp?BlogID=8234, 9/19/07)

In The Headlines:
ABC News: "Romney Tells Republicans To Reform." (Matt Stuart, "Romney Tells Republicans To Reform," ABC News, 9/22/07)

The Associated Press: "Romney Issues Challenge To GOP." (Liz Sidoti, "Romney Issues Challenge To GOP," The Associated Press, 9/22/07)

The Boston Globe: "Romney Issues Challenge To GOP." (Foon Rhee, "Romney Issues Challenge To GOP," The Boston Globe's "Political Intelligence, 9/21/07)

Chicago Tribune: "Romney Declares 'Republican Party Got Lost.'" (Jill Zuckman, "Romney Declares 'Republican Party Got Lost'," Chicago Tribune, 9/22/07)

CNN: "Romney To Republicans: Get 'House In Order.'" (Alexander Mooney, "Romney To Republicans: Get 'House In Order'," CNN, 9/21/07)

Detroit News: "Put House In Order, Romney Tells GOP." (Gordon Trowbridge, "Put House In Order, Romney Tells GOP," Detroit News, 9/22/07)

The Hill: "Romney Calls On GOP To Shape Up." (Klaus Marre, "Romney Calls On GOP To Shape Up," The Hill, 9/19/07)

The Politico: "Romney Makes Strongest Case Yet For Change." (Jonathan Martin, "Romney Makes Strongest Case Yet For Change," The Politico, 9/22/07)

Reuters: "Romney To Fellow Republicans: Put House In Order." ("Romney To Fellow Republicans: Put House In Order," Reuters, 9/19/07)

Bottom line look at Romney's ability to help you make money...

There is an interesting article on www.richerthanyourdad.com about Romney's economic future on your pocketbook:

http://www.richerthanyourdad.com/bottom-line-2008-mitt-romney/

<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Bottom Line 2008
Every Monday in the coming weeks, we will be taking an objective look at each of the 2008 presidential candidates. We only care about how the candidates will affect your ability to make money. We look past all of the polarizing issues that the nation will never agree on and get right down to where you’ll feel it most. We call it
Bottom Line 2008.
Mitt Romney
I guarantee that Mitt Romney is richer than your dad. He’s knows how to make money and he’s got the resume and the bankroll to prove it. His estimated net worth is estimated to be as much as a quarter of a billion dollars; he has had an illustrious business career.
He is the most educated of the candidates having received degrees from both Harvard Business School and Harvard Law. He is the only MBA among leading candidates.


Healthcare – Romney Has Taken Econ 110.
Romney’s healthcare plan is in response to rising premiums, increasing numbers of uninsured, and government overspending. He believes that he can fix these problems by deregulating and reforming the insurance market. Romney’s plan will feature:
Enhanced Health Savings Accounts (HSA)
Portability of health insurance for employer provided insurance products
Required Health Insurance Coverage for everyone(catastrophic coverage)
Federal Spending on free-care will being redirected to assist low income families to purchase private health insurance
Bottom line: You’ll have more money in your pocket if health insurance costs are reduced as long as it isn’t government subsidized. Romney’s plan reduces government intervention, and allows for the invisible hand to work its magic. If you believe Adam Smith, you’d buy Romney’s plan.


Iraq - Romney Likes Guns.
Romney is for a stronger military. He “proposes that we sharply increase our investment in National Defense.” Romney had been critical of President Clinton for reducing the national defense. He will increase spending in this area.
Romney supports President Bush’s effort to stabilize the population of Iraq, and sees Iran as an imminent threat.
Bottom Line: Expect a similar response from Romney in Iraq as we’ve observed in Bush. Expect a government that spends less on social programs and more on tanks.


Taxation – Drop it Like it’s Hot.
Romney is for simplifying the tax code and lowering taxes. He is for single taxation, meaning that individuals should be taxed once on their earnings. He would abolish Dividend, Interest, and Capital Gains taxation for individuals investing their earnings, and the death tax.
Romney is also for reducing marginal tax rates for individuals and corporations in an effort to become more competitive in the world market. He is also for making the Bush tax cuts permanent.
Bottom Line: Romney will make it a lot easier to save your money. Every investment becomes a Roth IRA without limitation. You can expect large corporations to pay more dividends to shareholders. The Romney Tax Proposal that will make you richer than your dad.


Social Security – Romney Shrugs
Romney hasn’t figured out a solution to the Social Security issue. All he has said is that they need restructuring, and that both parties need to come together by, “sitting down, quietly, behind closed doors and having a full and complete discussion of various ways to bring the costs down and to keep it from getting out of control.”
Bottom Line: That’s a pretty safe answer. Who knows what would happen to Social Security and Medicare under Romney. We want answers Romney.


Government Spending – Romney Won’t Take Lip.
Romney wants to reduce the size of government by improving efficiency and cutting back the scale of the government. He plans to do this with his classic trim-the-fat style that he honed in private equity investing and the 2002 Winter Olympics. He also plans to cap domestic discretionary spending at inflation less one-percent, and he will enforce the budget through vetoes and a stern scowl.
Bottom Line: Expect Romney to send legislators back to their rooms without supper if they try to push the limits of their budget. Other candidates are promising reform and efficiency in government, but you know Romney can actually pull this off!

<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< As a side note, in the article, the author asks for answers on social security. I think Mitt has been giving answers, but not apparently what the author wants to hear. Here is a video of Mitt on Social Security. I think he is clear that social security reform can only take place for future work generations, and that minor changes in the taxation policy will be needed to ensure S.S. for the next century. He is also clear that S.S. benefits for seniors, and near-seniors will not go down under his administration. (I am assuming that "near-seniors" are people ages 50 - 62. I would welcome any suggestion if it is otherwise)


Monday, September 10, 2007

Friday, September 07, 2007

COMPARING PRO-GROWTH RECORDS

"Rudy's Taxing Problem – If You Tax Like A Dem…"


By Cesar Conda


National Review Online


September 7, 2007



"Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani was recently in New Hampshire touting the 23 tax cuts he supposedly pushed through as mayor of New York City . He also announced his support for extending the Bush tax cuts and promoted other tax-relief measures he would advocate as president.



"Upon closer inspection, however, Giuliani’s record on taxes isn’t as conservative as advertised. In fact, a nonpartisan independent organization found that Mayor Giuliani actually opposed significant tax cuts, and would have denied hundreds of millions of dollars in tax relief for New Yorkers had he gotten his way.



"FactCheck.org, which is run by the non-partisan Annenberg School at the University Of Pennsylvania , has pointed out that Mayor Giuliani fought Republican efforts to kill the city’s commuter tax, and actually went to court to keep it alive."

"In another instance, FactCheck.org reported that Giuliani strenuously opposed a personal-income-tax-rate cut amounting to $469 million – but now claims credit for it as one of the 23 taxes he cut."

"Moreover, [Giuliani's] refusal to sign Americans for Tax Reform’s 'Taxpayer Protection Pledge' raises serious doubts among economic conservatives about his commitment to keeping income-tax rates low.

"As a long-time member of the supply-side cabal, I’m convinced that Governor Romney is the best candidate to extend the Art Laffer–Jack Kemp–Ronald Reagan supply-side revolution into the 21st century. Unlike the other GOP presidential candidates, Mitt Romney learned about free-market capitalism not from textbooks or Washington policy debates, but by practicing it for 25 years as an entrepreneur in the private sector.



"Moreover, Governor Romney was the first 2008 presidential candidate to sign the no-tax-rate-increase pledge. In major speeches earlier this year before the Detroit Economic Club and the Club for Growth, Romney came out for extending the Bush tax cuts, permanently killing the death tax, providing relief from the Alternative Minimum Tax, lowering the corporate tax, and reducing marginal tax rates for all Americans.



"And the governor has put a bold new pro-growth tax reform on the table: abolishing taxes on capital gains, dividends, and interest for moderate-income taxpayers earning $200,000 or less annually. This innovative approach would not only boost savings, investment, and economic growth, it would further expand the ownership society to America ’s broad middle class.
"More important, Governor Romney’s rhetoric about pro-growth tax relief actually matches his record."



- Cesar Conda, formerly assistant for domestic policy under Vice President Cheney (2001-2003), is an advisory board member of The International Economy magazine. He also is a member of the Romney campaign’s economic-policy advisory team.
To read the full op-ed, please see: http://article.nationalreview.com/print/?q=Y2M3MTkwZDQ2NTUwNzBlZDQ0NGEyODFkZjRiYmZkNzk=



Watch Governor Romney Discuss His Tax-Free Savings Plan Today In New Hampshire :
Governor Romney: "With regards to our economy, I think we have to keep our tax burdens down. I want to make the Bush tax cuts permanent. I want to kill the death tax once and for all, and I announced just today and yesterday, a savings plan. You know right now if you want to save your money, there are all sorts of hoops you have to go through and special accounts you have to put your money into and then if you take it out early they’re going to give you a tax penalty and so forth.



"I think most of that just doesn’t make sense for American families and so for people who are earning $200,000 a year or less, my guess is we have quite a few people in that category, because 95% of Americans earn $200,000 a year or less, so for people – the 95% of Americans – my view is that tax on your interest and your dividends, and your capital gains should have a new tax rate and that tax rate ought to be zero. You ought to be able to save your money for a down payment on a house, for a car, for a boat, for college for your kids – for whatever the heck you want and government shouldn’t be telling you that they’re going to tax you on your savings. It will also simplify your taxes as well, not to have to be reporting all the interest and all the dividends and all the mutual funds you might have and so forth and that will make life a lot easier for a lot of people in this country."



Sunday, September 02, 2007

Political Derby Power Rankings Updated; Romney Shoots to #1

From www.race42008.com :

The Political Derby now agrees with the Washington Post’s The Fix that Romney is tops of the power rankings.
Here is politicalderby.com’s newly updated 2008 rankings:

1. Romney (previously 3)
2. Giuliani (previously 1)
3. Thompson (previously 2)
4. Huckabee (previously 5)
5. McCain (previously 4)

Click here or read below for full explanations…


Power Ranking

1 : Mitt Romney (Up)
Mitt met expectations, not an easy thing to do in take-no-prisoners politics, and won the Ames Straw Poll big. But everyone knows he was the only major candidate taking it seriously. Polling very well in Iowa and New Hampshire, but still dragging nationally. If he can’t find a way to become known to the nation more for his policies than his religion, he has potential next January to bomb bigger than Daddy Day Camp. Yes, he’s raised a lot of money, but he can’t afford to keep spending more than $400 per vote, especially when those votes don’t matter. (previous ranking: #3)

2 : Rudy Giuliani (Down)
Rudy skipped Iowa, which is probably an indication of his future fate there. But he still leads in the polls almost everywhere else and his no-show in Ames may not damage him as much as a poor showing certainly would have. It’s time for America’s Mayor to become comfortable with what he did do on 9/11 so he’ll stop getting baited into claiming credit for things he didn’t do on 9/11. His biggest asset is starting to reveal albatross potential. (previous ranking: #1)

3 : Fred Thompson (Down)
Freddy T’s flirtation with running served him well for months, but his fans are growing tired of waiting for him to ask their hand in marriage. He’s waited so long that his real wife is getting more media attention than he is and he’s had more campaign leadership shuffles than anyone in history who hasn’t officially joined the campaign. It’s time to put up or shut up, or he runs risk of arriving at the alter alone. (previous ranking: #2)

4 : Mike Huckabee (Up)
The only person not surprised by Huckabee’s showing in the straw poll is Huckabee himself. Finishing second, while only spending $58 per vote, is a terrific showing for someone the media has been considering an also-ran from Day One. Surely Giuliani’s decision not to participate helped, but so have his stellar showings in the debates. If there is an argument to be made for so many debates so early, Huckabee is it. But he would be the only argument for so many debates so early. (And there is no argument, period, for having Chris Matthews or Keith Olbermann hosting debates no matter how early they are.) (previous ranking: #5)

5 : John McCain (Down)
Yes, McCain is still running … this time away from his stance on immigration reform. His switch on a key GOP issue seems too little too late to regain traction or track position. Even the rock thrown in the pond by Mike Gravel didn’t sink to the bottom this fast. And when you lose the straw poll to Duncan Hunter you know that pain in your butt is a fork. (previous ranking: tied for #4)

Romney Still Polling in the Lead in Iowa

Like a really good investment stock, the charts are showing Romney's lead continuing to increase here in Iowa, with a sudden surge after the straw poll. Romney now leads the pack with 31.5% of the votes, and has a solid 17.5% lead over Guiliani. Note in the graph below how his strength in Iowa has steadily grown since the beginning of the year, and then it spikes right after the straw poll. For all those who have been trying to convince the world that the Straw Poll no longer holds any relevance, here is some proof that the Straw Poll still matters and that it directly affects the political allegiances following the poll.
Iowans saw what he had to say at the straw poll, and they are joining the cause. "Change begins in Iowa" has quickly become a new buzz phrase among conservative Iowans, as stated by Romney during his speech to those attending the straw poll last August 11th. Unfortunately

Here are the latest poll summary:


Click below for the full story:
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2008/president/ia/iowa_republican_caucus-207.html
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