In the maelstrom of the HurriCain that hit this week, the important issues of a presidential campaign got swallowed up.
Maybe that’s why we missed an important op-ed that appeared in the Washington Times Thursday.
“There is a massive reality gap between the American people and the ruling elites in Washington,” wrote one of the candidates. “As the federal government grows and grows, the ruling elites in Washington are insulated from the economic mess they created,” he continues. “While home prices have continued to slump in virtually every other region of the country over the past year, Washington bureaucrats have seen their homes increase in value, thanks in part to a surge in government spending. And according to a Bloomberg analysis, Washington is now America’s richest metropolitan area on a per capita basis, surpassing even Silicon Valley. While millions of Americans have lost jobs since 2009, the average federal worker in our nation’s capital has seen his pay increase to more than $126,000 per year, including benefits.”
What to do about it? Gov. Rick Perry lays out four specifics he would immediately do upon taking the oath of office. It’s a plan every conservative would applaud.
“First, I will issue an executive order prohibiting the Department of Health and Human Services from any further implementation of Obamacare until we can fully repeal this unconstitutional government mandate, which, if it stands, will diminish our health care and kill jobs.
“Second, I will order federal agencies to begin opening American energy fields for exploration and development, which will kick start economic growth, reduce our dependence on energy from hostile foreign sources and eventually create 1.2 million jobs across every sector of the economy. I also will work with Congress to ensure that new revenue generated from energy production on federal lands is used to pay down the national debt.
“Third, I will impose an immediate moratorium on all pending federal regulations, during which government agencies must audit every measure passed since 2008 to determine its necessity and impact on job creation. Those measures that kill jobs will be repealed.
“And fourth, I will deploy thousands of National Guard personnel to secure our southern border until we can provide the permanent increase in manpower, technology and fencing needed to protect the American homeland in the long run. If I am elected, Washington will no longer abdicate its constitutional responsibility to secure the border or force states to fend for themselves.”
Perry goes on to say his Cut, Balance and Grow plan will cut taxes and spending and balance the budget by 2020. He says his flat tax proposal of 20% will “derail the gravy train of lobbyists and lawyers feeding at the government trough by eliminating loopholes and carve-outs.”
He cuts out earmarks, too, and caps government spending at 18% of GDP.
Perry says “I am confident we can make progress on all of these reforms in the first 100 days.” But he warns that “ultimately the status quo will never change until voters take back Washington.”
Wednesday night there is another debate scheduled, this time sponsored by CNBC. Let’s see if he can express these ideas and we can all get off the Cain train that has halted a real discussion of issues.