Monday, October 3, 2011

Romney's Believe In America Plan-- The "Short" 59 Point Version


 Here is Gov. Mitt Romney's Plan for America  called Believe in America.  The reason I have listed only the 59 points without explanation is that the entire plan covers 85 pages. For someone who advocates smaller government it would seem that they could present their plan in less than 85 pages. Gingrich presented his in 24 pages. Cain in 10, Ron Paul in less than three. 
Regardless of the length it is important to at least be familiar with the main points of each candidate in order to be an informed voter and to be able to better to express the differences in your particular candidates plan and the others. 
If you wish to read ,and I recommend that you do, the entire text of Gov. Romney's Believe in America plan you may do so here 

59 Policy Proposals That Will Get America Back To Work

1. Maintain current tax rates on personal income
2. Maintain current tax rates on interest, dividends, and capital gains
3. Eliminate taxes for taxpayers with AGI below $200,000 on interest, dividends, and capital gains
4. Eliminate the death tax
5. Pursue a conservative overhaul of the tax system over the long term that includes lower,fatter rates on a broader base
6. Reduce corporate income tax rate to 25 percent7. Pursue transition from “worldwide” to “territorial” system for corporate taxation
8. Repeal Obamacare
9. Repeal Dodd-Frank and replace with streamlined, modern regulatory framework
10. Amend Sarbanes-Oxley to relieve mid-size companies from onerous requirements
11. Ensure that environmental laws properly account for cost in regulatory process
12 Provide multi-year lead times before companies must come into compliance withonerous new environmental regulations
13. Initiate review and elimination of all Obama-era regulations that unduly burden the economy 
14. Impose a regulatory cap of zero dollars on all federal agencies
15. Require congressional approval of all new “major” regulations
16. Reform legal liability system to prevent spurious litigation
17. Implement agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea 
18. Reinstate the president’s Trade Promotion Authority 
19. Complete negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership
20. Pursue new trade agreements with nations committed to free enterprise and open markets
21. Create the Reagan Economic Zone
22. Increase CBP resources to prevent the illegal entry of goods into our market
23. Increase USTR resources to pursue and support litigation against unfair trade practices
24. Use unilateral and multilateral punitive measures to deter unfair Chinese practices
25. Designate China a currency manipulator and impose countervailing duties
26. Discontinue U.S. government procurement from China until China commits to GPA 
27. Establish fixed timetables for all resource development approvals 
28. Create one-stop shop to streamline permitting process for approval of common activities
29. Implement fast-track procedures for companies with established safety records to conduct pre-approved activities in pre-approved areas
30. Amend Clean Air Act to exclude carbon dioxide from its purview 
31. Expand NRC capabilities for approval of additional nuclear reactor designs
32. Streamline NRC processes to ensure that licensing decisions for reactors on or adjacent to
approved sites, using approved designs, are complete within two years
33. Conduct comprehensive survey of America’s energy reserves
34. Open America’s energy reserves for development
35. Expand opportunities for U.S. resource developers to forge partnerships with neighboring countries
36 Support construction of pipelines to bring Canadian oil to the United States
37. Prevent overregulation of shale gas development and extraction
38 Concentrate alternative energy funding on basic research
39. Utilize long-term, apolitical funding mechanisms like ARPA-E for basic research
40. Appoint to the NLRB experienced individuals with respect for the rule of law 
41. Amend NLRA to explicitly protect the right of business owners to allocate their capital as they see fit
42. Amend NLRA to guarantee the secret ballot in every union certification election
43. Amend NLRA to guarantee that all pre-election campaigns last at least one month
44. Support states in pursuing Right-to-Work laws
45. Prohibit the use for political purposes of funds automatically deducted from worker paychecks
46. Reverse executive orders issued by President Obama that tilt the playing field toward organized labor
47. Eliminate redundancy in federal retraining programs by consolidating programs and funding schemes, centering as much activity as possible in a single agency 
48. Give states authority to manage retraining programs by block granting federal funds
49. Facilitate the creation of Personal Reemployment Accounts
50. Encourage greater private sector involvement in retraining programs
51. Raise visa caps for highly skilled workers
52. Grant permanent residency to eligible graduates with advanced degrees in math, science,and engineering 
53. Immediately cut non-security discretionary spending by 5 percent
54. Reform and restructure Medicaid as block grant to states
55. Align wages and benefits of government workers with market rates
56. Reduce federal workforce by 10 percent via attrition
57. Cap federal spending at 20 percent of GDP
58. Undertake fundamental restructuring of government programs and services
59. Pursue a Balanced Budget  Amendment

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Question: Now, why couldn't he simplify that, put it in less than ten points, and be done with it?

Answer: Becaues he's a politician, and can't consolidate anything to a simple, ten point agenda.

JMHO.

Old Rose

Ticker said...

Rose, you summed that up very nicely.

Debbie said...

Thanks for doing this, I sure was not going to read the book, ha.

Debbie
Right Truth
http://www.righttruth.typepad.com

(p.s. Feel free to share anything I have at Right Truth, especially the TEA Party vs Occupy Wall Street one)

Ticker said...

Thanks Debbie. I posted the Occupiers demands and some folks think it's a joke.