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Believe in America: Mitt Romney's Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 1411 KB
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  • Publication Date: September 1, 2011
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LEY5Q0
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Mitt Romney has referred to this book as the definitive expression of his economic plan in the Republican candidate debates, so I decided to do some due diligence by reading it.

There are 59 recommendations in all, most of which would involve reversing policies of the current Administration. The basic thrust is to slow the big government express and cut the private sector a little slack. Some highlights follow:

TAXES (cut corporate tax rate from 35% to 25%, preserve Bush tax cuts, overhaul tax system longer term); REGULATORY (repeal Obamacare and Dodd-Frank, force regulators to consider costs of complying with new regulations, require Congressional approval of major regulations); TRADE (negotiate more trade agreements, get tough with China); ENERGY (expedite development of untapped US oil and gas reserves, ban EPA regulation of carbon emissions); LABOR (reverse NLRB effort to favor union organization vs. impartially arbitrating labor/management disputes); HUMAN CAPITAL (rationalize federal training programs and block grant them to the states, encourage immigration of well educated people with valuable skills); FISCAL (cut spending and cap it at 20% of GDP, support a balanced budget amendment).

Most of these ideas seem sensible to me, but the difficulties involved are understated in many cases and there is little discussion of how to overcome predictable objections. For example:

#Repealing Obama would take more than an executive order that support should be given to states that wanted to opt out, including offering an alternative program (none is satisfactorily described in the book) that would work better.
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I just read Romney's book NO APOLOGIES. From that I concluded that Romney is more of a tactician than a grand strategist. Romney doesn't seem to have any grand vision for ending the Great Recession. Of course nobody else does either! What Romney does bring to the table is an ability to improve things at the tactical level --- to make so many individual improvements to government processes that the cumulative effect in improving our economy becomes major.

While Governor of Massachusetts, Romney seems to have improved enough aspects of state government to become very popular, despite his being much more conservative than most of the Massachusetts electorate.

This book is a campaign manual for what Mitt would like to accomplish as President. There's nothing at all radical in Mitt's agenda. It's more of a tweaking of the methods of government than revolutionizing them. Mitt wants to tweak the tax code so as to reduce the corporate tax rate. He wants to rationalize the patchwork of government regulations that impose an unreasonable compliance burden on business, but he supports reasonable, clear, and understandable regulations. He's for more free trade with Latin America and less with China. He wants to repeal Obamacare, the national version of what he did for healthcare reform in Massachusetts, and let the states do their own thing individually. He wants to reform, but not eliminate Dodd-Frank regulations on banks. He wants to reform the legal system to prevent excess damage awards. And of course he wants to develop all economical forms of energy in the USA.

IMO these are hundreds of small-potato ideas that probably don't excite many people when taken one-by-one. Nevertheless, small potatoes can be tasty. Put enough of them together and they become weighty.
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In September 2008 the economy collapsed and Americans were faced with choosing between two presidential candidates who had no clue about the economy. Mitt Romney should have been the nominee for the GOP in 2008, something he shows quite easily with this economic plan.

You can agree or disagree with Romney's actual plan laid out in this document, but you cannot escape noticing that he knows what he's talking about. When Romney becomes the GOP's nominee for 2012, I hope many Americans will take the time to read this and get a sense of how knowledgeable Mitt is compared to Obama on the economy.

I've been reading this on my daily commute, 10 minutes at a time; with Kindle on my Android phone it's easy and convenient. There's really no excuse for not downloading this and taking a look at what Romney has to offer.
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I'm not a big Mitt Romney fan, but this is a very nice piece of literature for a campaign to put out. I can't think of any other campaign who has ever put out a plan this detailed this early in the process and made it available to this many people. Certainly Obama hasn't put out anything this detailed.

Because of that, I'm going to rate this 5 stars. I really hope more candidates follow his example and we get a primary based on ideas instead of personal attacks.

Now for the content:

Mitt is definitely focused in the right direction on taxes, but I wish he'd go further and I think he easily could. He supports cutting the corporate tax rate (currently the highest in the world) by 10%. Good start, but that still leaves us with a fairly high rate compared to other OECD nations. He supports ending the death tax, ending taxes on savings and investment for low and middle income individuals (thank you!), and switching to a territorial tax model instead of our worldwide tax system. He says we need a lower, flatter, income tax structure, and that's great. Unfortunately he doesn't really offer too many details on that.

Here I think Mitt needs to go a lot further than he has. He offers a 5% across the board cut for non-defense discretionary spending, which is good but is really just a small percent of a tiny fraction of total spending. He wants to raise the Social Security retirement age or modify the escalator to keep that system solvent. He would cap and block grant Medicaid to the states. Unfortunately he does not really address Medicare, which is by far the biggest driver of our debt going forward. He also doesn't address any reforms in military spending.
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Please download the book before reviewing, please.
Now, now. I got it in pdf from a link. , not kindle, then converted it to 3 1/2 hrs of audio.
Sep 11, 2011 by Michael Danconia |  See all 4 posts
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