Free Market Ideas and Soutions For Today's Problems

Mike Huckabee
Sarah Palin
Mitt Romney
Newt Gingrich
Bobby Jindal
Presidential Timber

    As President Obama moves his administration ever further to the left, there  will be a growing hunger of Americans to find relief from the growing burden and intervention of government in their lives. Obama will continue to unite the conservative movement and spur the growth of grassroots conservative organizations. The radical Obama policies also will sharpen alternative conservative, free-market alternative policies, and a growing number of voters will discover that these policies are a safe haven from the leftist radical storm that will rob them of the prosperity of the American Dream.
    In addition, as the battle of ideas between the radical left and conservatives grows, US voters will see a number of quality conservative presidential candidates emerge, men and women with substance and experience, who will will capture our imagination and our loyalty. Already there are five well known figures among conservatives who are viable contenders for the presidency in 2012: Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Bobby Jindal. And, undoubtedly, others will emerge.
    As an Arkansan, Mr. Huckabee, our former successful governor, and GOP presidential nominee contender in 2008, has a special place in my thinking. While Huckabee was pronounced by some conservatives as not quite conservative enough in '08, the facts are that he is a sound, intelligent conservative with substantial ideas.
    Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska, already has demonstrated an executive ability to help bring prosperity to her state, and she has the courage to counter corruption in her own party. And in two more years, Palin will only increase an already impressive political resume.
    Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, is well known for his economic expertise and economic achievement. If you compare Mr.  Romney with Mr. Obama in the area of economics, it would be like putting Michael Jordan up against me in a one-on-one basketball game -- simply no contest.
    Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the US House of Representatives and architect of the GOP capture of the House in 1994, is well known as a person of substantial policy ideas and sound conservative vision. Gingrich's vast historical and policy knowledge will be a major force in the 2012 presidential race.
    Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana and former US House member, is the youngest of this leading group of GOP presidential contenders, and one its intellectually brightest. Jindal already has put his foot down concerning the Obama spendulus plan, refusing to accept some of its spending because it has too many strings that will negatively impact future state spending.
    Thankfully, Mr. Obama's radical leftist vision for our future is sharpening our opposition, and our country will benefit by the growing strength and eventual victory of conservatives.
Arkansas Congressional Representation

    If we are to have a successful conservative movement in Arkansas, we must elect conservative representatives in the US House and US Senate. First and foremost for us in CAP is building a movement that will support a change in the representation of our 4th Congressional District. While our present representative Democrat Mike Ross claims to be a conservative "blue-dog" Democrat, in fact, Mr. Ross is totally behind President Obama's reckless spending plans and the move toward massive government control over the economy. These policy positions of Mr. Ross are unacceptable to true conservatives and those among us who know that the destruction of the free market will not bring back economic prosperity for all Americans. Big-government solutions have been tried again and again by Democrats and some Republicans all without success. What those policies have given us is a huge national debt and  economic stagnation. Those policies did not work in the past and they will not work now.
    It is interesting to note that after Obama's stimulus plan was passed with the help of Mr. Ross and our state's two Democrat US Senators, Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln, the Democratic Party ran ads for several weeks not touting that they had supported the unpopular stimulus spending, but that they had voted to extend federal government health care benefits to 11 million "poor" children, adding 4 million more kids to the already 7 million previously covered, at an estimated additional cost of $32 billion plus over 5 years and more than $65 billion over 10 years. While that vote appears laudable on the surface, a closer look at that renewal and extension of this program will only result in more long term fiscal difficulty for taxpayers and our nation.
   First of all the tax increase chosen to fund this program is an increased tax on cigarettes that does two things: first, it hits hardest the lower income folks who smoke more than the more affluent, and it will actually cause a reduction in folks who do smoke thereby reducing the revenue  projection for funding the program. In reality, either the states who operate the program will have to increase taxes to fund it, or the federal government will eventually have to raise taxes in other areas to help the states fund the program. Either way, our national debt will be increased and these same children covered under the program will be faced with a growing tax burden when they become tax-paying adults. These programs simply attack the foundation of economic prosperity by robbing Peter to pay Paul. The theory of these programs emulate similar programs begun during FDR's New Deal,  programs paid for by high excise and income taxes, which in reality did not and do not pay for actual costs of the programs but only end up deepening our debt problems.
    I do not find it laudable for some of our elected representatives to hide their deficit-increasing policies behind the legitimate needs of less affluent adults or children. These deficit spenders need to forthrightly stand up for their debet-increase plans rather than hiding behind so-called poor children.
Books to Include as Your Must Reading

  • Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make things Worse, by Thomas E. Woods Jr.
  • New Deal Or Raw Deal? How FDR'S Economic Legacy Has Damaged America by Burton Folsom Jr.
  • The Forgotten Man: A New History Of The Great Depression by Amity Shlaes
  • Economics In One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt
  • Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy by Thomas Sowell

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