Friday, May 18, 2007

Romney The Best Hope For A Fiscal Conservative President

In the News

By: Georgia Speaker Pro Tempore Mark Burkhalter
Gwinnett Daily Post

"With two GOP presidential debates behind us, including one in South Carolina this week, only one candidate has emerged for conservative principles of cutting taxes and reducing the size of government. He is former governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts. "Romney is the only major candidate visiting Georgia this week as Republicans host their annual GOP state convention at the Gwinnett County Civic Center." ...
"Romney is a fiscal conservative, and he promotes cutting taxes and restraining government spending. His first pledge (already aired on television commercials) is to generously use the presidential veto on wasteful government spending. "But perhaps the most important policy he is advocating for hardworking taxpayers is one that the media has conveniently ignored - he wants to make the 2001 tax cuts permanent." ...
"When taxes are cut, our economy grows. Retirement portfolios have expanded with the Dow; inflation remains low; unemployment remains low; and Americans have more disposable wealth than we realize. "Unfortunately, that could all change as the tax cuts are set to expire in 2010. If Congress continues to be controlled by Democrats, there is a real possibility the House and Senate could refuse to make the tax cuts permanent. "Romney has the ability to make the case to the American people and Congress the importance of making tax cuts permanent. If not, then the tax cuts will automatically return to higher levels and that will severely hurt the American economy." ...
"On the campaign trail, Romney speaks of free-market capitalism and how an economic policy of low taxes and limited government stimulates our economy. He also has a record that illustrates his support of free-market economics. As governor of a liberal state, he turned a $250 million retroactive capital gains tax hike into a $250 million tax refund, made investment tax credits permanent, passed sales tax holidays, gave property tax breaks to seniors and cut state spending. "Every economy cycles up and down, but there is no reason for a big-spending Congress and federal tax hikes to prematurely push us into a recession. Romney will stand tough against the forces within Washington that want to set back our economy and instead fight to keep more money in our pockets and our economy strong. That's the kind of president we need."

Mark Burkhalter, a state representative from Johns Creek, is Speaker Pro Tempore of the Georgia House