Refuel The Great American Engine With Liberty In 52 Words
President Obama gives his State of the Union Address this (Tuesday) Evening. Reports say he will focus on jobs. Count on it —take it to the bank— everything the President proposes will work against free market job creation. This is my chance to say the right things in a fraction of the words (time) it will take the President to say the wrong things.
How To Create Jobs, By Richard Johnson
- Massive tort reform.
- Eliminate EPA functions except for air and water quality safeguards.
- Reduce corporate and capital gains tax rates; eliminate death tax.
- Reinstate pro-growth fiscal and monetary policies—especially massively reduce federal spending.
- Eliminate all federal disincentives for development of America’s oil, gas, and coal industries. Drill here; drill now; hang on!
Lincoln proclaimed “a new birth of freedom.” Ronald Reagan saw America as a “Shining City on a Hill.” My living memory goes back to Franklin Roosevelt. I have lived and breathed Liberty. I can smell it. America, with Lady Liberty in New York harbor, is surely the light of hope for billions under the yoke of tyranny.
Well no, things have changed. America is not the most free economy in the world; not even close. We’ve been in a slide for more than 20 years. In the past four years, we have seen a steeper decline. The Heritage Foundation’s 2011 Index of Economic Freedom reveals America dropped to ninth place among nations qand out of the top “free” category altogether. We now reside with the “mostly free” —Qatar, for example.
It is true this index only measures economic freedom. But the subject here is jobs. What is the answer to the coming Obama union thug payoffs and community organizing payoffs and AARP payoffs and General Electric payoffs and (you finish the list)? The answer is five government actions in 52 words to refuel the great American engine with Liberty.