Governor Christie has come and gone. He was never actually here, but what the heck.
Opine Needles believes in the 11th Commandment; thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican during the primaries! Many readers have asked us for our views regarding the “right” candidate to represent the Republican party in the 2012 election. We will continue to invoke the 11th commandment until we have a nominee.
Invoking the 11th Commandment does not mean we do not have views about the type of person we MUST nominate in order to win the general election. Rest assured we have very strong views. We disagree with numerous pundits on the far right who espouse the notion that we MUST nominate someone who represents ALL views normally associated with that faction. As we have noted myriad times, the Republicans MUST nominate a candidate who gains traction with that swath of independent voters in the proverbial middle. Our candidate must
–appreciate and embrace capitalism, (growth and strength via the private sector—can you believe we even have to say something like that?!)
–be strong of will and (when necessary to protect our vital interests) arm, vis-à-vis our foreign relations,
–simplify, reduce, and flatten taxes, (thus creating a level platform from which people will truly pay their “fair share”),
–make massive cuts to Federal spending.
We dream of the candidate who will say this in a press conference:
Q—What would you do to Obamacare if you are elected President and the Republicans control the House and Senate?
A—I would work with Congress the repeal the entire piece of legislation. Gone like the wind.
Q—Wouldn’t that hurt millions of uninsured Americans?
A—No, it would not. The premise behind Obamacare was flawed, and the President played on the raw emotions of the people by predicating his rationale for this disastrous act on trumped up statistics and fundamental fear mongering.
Q—Well, what would you do?
A—I would work with Congress to take down barriers presently in place that prevent insurance companies from engaging in free competition across state lines. I would work to achieve comprehensive Federal tort reform. The largest inefficiency in our system is driven by the greed and avarice of plaintiff attorneys, who prey daily upon the most vulnerable of our citizens. And I would work WITH the American Medical Association to develop and implement a comprehensive plan to drive medical costs down, by completely changing the way we actually deliver health solutions. The medical and insurance industries are NOT our enemies.
Q—Why would you suggest doctors are the enemy?
A—For the last three years, we have lived with a President who has demonized anyone and everyone. If you disagree with the President’s redistributionist views, you are not only wrong, but you are evil and greedy. The President’s rhetoric has people taking to the streets. He has been the most divisive leader in our lifetime. And even as I speak today, he is ramping up his rhetoric and delivering nothing but divisiveness to the American people. Doctors, insurance companies, businessmen, bankers, (yes bankers!), oil and gas companies…the list goes on…these are not inanimate objects. We are talking about real people and real jobs. More importantly, we are talking about real Americans. It’s time to stop denigrating them. They need to know that their leaders support them.
Q—Well, what about the unions?
A—What about them? I support every American citizen’s right to work. I support every American business’s right to fire someone who doesn’t work well. When unions work constructively to provide a better lifestyle for their members, I have no objection. But when unions, and, I might add, the United States Government, work together to bankrupt states, or try to force private sector companies to make bad business decisions and avoid working in “right to work” states, then Unions and the Government officials have overstepped their boundaries and are working in ways contrary to the interests of the United States. Let’s not forget that the business of
has been and should always be about business. The minute we kill off our business work ethic (on both Main and Wall Streets) we effectively eradicate a large component of that which is quintessential American exceptionalism. America
Yesterday, when asked to comment about Bank of America’s decision to start charging customers a $5 per month debit card fee, the President said banks “don’t have some inherent right just to, you know, get a certain amount of profit.” Seriously folks, ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! The point here is that it EVERYONE has the inherent right to aspire to profit. The right to succeed is intrinsically American. There are no guarantees. But the opportunity must always be there. And, there is NOTHING wrong with profit!
Q—Do you support abortion rights?
A—Yes, I can see the connection to jobs and the economy. Why on earth are you asking me that question? We have a country on the brink of oblivion, and you are wasting your time, my time and the country’s time playing “gotcha” politics on an emotive red herring issue such as abortion? Get real. The American people want someone to stand up and talk to them in plain English about how they are going to fix our massive problems, and get
back to work. America
Q—How will you do that?
A—My administration will make it very clear that our job is NOT to inject the government into everyone’s life in the hopes that the public sector has the solutions. Our job will be to provide the CONDITIONS for growth, and that growth will be generated by the private sector. We provide the opportunity, NOT the outcome. This country needs a flatter, fairer tax code. This country needs less regulation on its business and trade. In short, the Obama administration believes the Government must drive the process. I will get government OUT OF THE WAY!
Q—Are you saying you have the solution to our unemployment problem?
Q—You make it sound so simple.
A—It is…Now let me break another little rule and tell an unpleasant truth. While my plan takes effect, we might actually see unemployment spike up.
Q—What, why on earth would we support that kind of plan?
A—Because when I am finished downsizing our agencies in
there are going to be a lot of people looking for work. But the private sector will be re-energized and over time, those people will be absorbed back in the system. And you know what? The biggest driver of our economic recovery will not be driven by our new policies. The biggest driver will be the
Washington D.C. people. Why? Because they will BELIEVE again! Their CONFIDENCE will be restored, and people and businesses will start investing in growth. When that happens, there is no stopping the American dream. America
Q—Do you take issue with the Obama administration’s Middle Eastern policy?
A—I most likely would if the President and his people actually had one.
Q—What would you do differently?
A—We don’t have all day, but let me be very clear about one thing. The President threw
under the bus. It is wrongheaded and incredibly naïve. My administration will continue to work for a Palestinian state, but one which must fully accept Israel
as its legitimate neighbor. Israel
Q—Do you go to church every weekend?
A—None of your business. Read the Constitution.
Q—Do you think people will respond to your abrasive style?
A—After what they have been put through in the past three years, they need someone to look ‘em in the eyes and tell them the truth. They need someone who can draw a roadmap to recovery that makes perfect sense to them. I have that roadmap.
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