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Believe in America: Mitt Romney's Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth by [Romney for President]
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  • File Size: 1411 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LEY5Q0
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By William Whipple III VINE VOICE on December 1, 2011
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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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Mitt Romney released this book free on the Kindle just before the first debate between the Republican candidates for president. The timing and benefits to Governor Romney are obvious. This channel allows him to communicate his message quickly, outside of the adversarial, sound-bite constraints of debate, and free from the charge of, well... charging for it. Nicely done. There are advantages for prospective voters, too--including those certain they will not support Romney's candidacy. He lays out a very specific plan. Agree with him or not, readers must admit that this is more than a vague cry for some kind of unknown change. It is clear where Romney stands and what he proposes to do.

In an introductory letter, Romney outlines his approach. "I have formulated a comprehensive and integrated plan that focuses on seven areas where reform is urgently needed: taxes, regulation, trade, energy, labor, human capital, and fiscal policy." He then tackles each area in turn, describing its impact on the economy, the negative effects of President Obama's policies, and the objectives of a Romney administration. The book closes with an appendix containing fifty-nine policy proposals. If Romney is elected, we can use this list of proposals as a scorecard to track his promises and his progress.

A sample of briefly-stated policies from the appendix:

- Repeal Obamacare.
- Pursue new trade agreements with nations committed to free enterprise and open markets.
- Open America's energy reserves for development.
- Prohibit the use for political purposes of funds automatically deducted from worker paychecks.
- Cap federal spending at 20 percent of GDP.

The book also includes endorsements of Romney's plan.
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