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Believe in America: Mitt Romney's Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth Kindle Edition
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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.
#It is said the first step towards "getting the federal debt under control" will be "admitting we have a problem and refusing to allow any more irresponsible borrowing." In, other words, "just say no." Fine, but how would President Romney propose to get the members of Congress on board?
No president could hope to implement more than a fraction of such an agenda, so it might have been better to focus on what Romney regards as the four or five top issues and go into more detail.
The absence of an identified author results in off putting statements like "Mitt Romney says" this and "Mitt Romney proposes" that, which detract from the book's impact.,,An account attributed to Romney would have worked better, even if most readers suspected it was ghost written.
In sum, "Believe in America" marks Romney as a competent manager versus an inspirational leader. Probably that is who he is, but it is not necessarily a recipe for electoral success.
It provided concise, targeted bullet points of the policies that Romney would implement if elected as president.
The best part was that it was released for free so that anyone can read and understand his platform.
Even if you disagree with him, this is exactly the sort of thing every presidential candidate should have released to help inform the voters.
Easy to read and understand. The charts and diagrams are helpful if you occasionally get stuck in all the other numbers and words. If one just viewed the 14 figures/diagrams in the text, a pretty good illustration of his plan can be formulated.
I'm fairly liberal, yet I liked a lot of his plans. Maybe that goes to show that Mitt's not really a conservative in the 'nouveau-conservative' definition. He sets the tone with a little history in Part I, which I found to be not partisan. In Part II, Romney is very critical of Obama's policies, but not at the hyperbolic levels that he's engaged in now on his campaign stops. In Part III, he lays out his plans for change.
Realistically, I can't imagine ANY President implement or even bring-up in one term the 59 policy proposals that Romney lists. But I do think it is great a candidate has listed it out in writing specific policies for change, similar to Ron Paul's Liberty Defined.
I could vote for the guy that wrote this text. So who's that guy running in public?