SLC Speech: "Reaching for Greatness Again"

By:  Buddy Roemer III
Date: June 18, 2011
Location: New Orleans, LA

Speech delivered Saturday, June 18th, 2011 at Southern Leadership Conference in New Orleans

This is a brief outline of my four point program.To read the full transcript of this speech please see below.

"Reaching for greatness again"

Scrubbing the budget and revising the tax code need to be done, but they are not enough. Obama has made this recession permanent. We must be bold!

Four steps which must be taken:

* Deregulate small business from all new federal regulations placed on them since january 1, 2008. Small business creates 2 out of 3 new jobs in america. Let them go to work. Regulation is the new tax by the politicians. Small business is getting killed by these new taxes, spending more money on regulatory costs ($1.7 trillion) than on taxes last year!

* United states energy independence by the end of the decade (january 1, 2020). We are addicted oil from the middle east. We send $700 billion of our hard earned money each year to the middle east. Spend it on energy in america. It will create 1 million new jobs minimum. Open all federal lands-on and off shore-for environmentally sound drilling where there is oil or gas. Tariff all foreign oil except mexico and canada at $10 a barrel beginning s year after drilling starts. Stop sending cash that trickles to the terrorists. Disband and unfund the department of energy. Save the taxpayers $25 billion a year. Eliminate all energy subsidies. Save taxpayers $100 billion a year. Import no products into america that use iranian oil in their transport or manufacture. Get their attention and keep it. Jobs will flow with energy independence. The cost of gasoline will decline, as opec is challenged and america breaks the addiction.

* Require fair trade with china, india, japan, korea, etc. Stop sending our best jobs overseas to an outsourced company or nation. Free trade is obviously not enough, because each of these nations steal our jobs while they buy our grain. I am with abraham lincoln on this issue. Abe used the tariff selectively to grow the best manufacturing jobs here in america. We will get fair trade or we will protect our best jobs from countries that cheat by using child labor, environmentally unsound production, and hidden impediments to trade. No longer. Trade will be both fair and free or our government will make adjustments. We will play the fool no longer.

* $100 Limit on contributions, no pacs. A president should be free to lead a rising america. A president should take no big checks from the special interests, or wall street banks, or from the ge's who pay no taxes and outsource our jobs or from bundled sources or from pacs. You want to re-build america? You want to put our citizens back to work? You want to compete and win in the global market? We need a president free to lead a rising america. We need a president to adopt and fight for and enforce these 4 points.

Free to lead with a $100 limit on gifts, no pacs, full disclosure. We need one person out of a hundred (1/100) to give $100 and we will have $300 million and win the primary. Then, against obama we need 2 out of a 100 to give $100 ($600 million) and beat his billion dollars raised at $35,000 a ticket from the special interests.

Washington DC is rigged. They give more money to candidates than 32 states combined. Why? They write the tax code, they ruin healthcare reform, they refuse to clean up the bailout banks.

Let's take our country back. Lets stand up for people and not the special interests.

We don't need the big checks. We need you.

Complete Text of the Buddy Roemer speech given at the 2011 Southern Republican Leadership Conference

WHEN AMERICA WAS FORMED, IT WAS ALREADY SEPERATED BY THOUSANDS OF MILES OF ATLANTIC OCEAN FROM THE SHORES OF THE KING. IN MANY WAYS BECAUSE OF DISTANCE, OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND OF THE MONARCH, AND THE REBELIOUS BACKGROUND OF THE COLONIALS, THE COLONIES WERE ALREADY THE FREEST PLACE ON EARTH. THE COLONIALS CAME FREE. THAT'S WHY THEY CAME. THAT'S HOW THEY CAME.

BUT THE FEAR GREW THAT THE MONARCHY WOULD TURN INCREASINGLY HEAVY-HANDED WITH TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION BECOMING THE RULE, NOT THE EXCEPTION. THE TRYANNY OF THE KING WOULD RULE THE LAND. SO WE DECIDED TO CLAIM OUR SELF-GOVERNING FREEDOM FORMALLY AND IRREVOCABLY. WE REVOLTED.

IT WASN'T ONE ACT BY EITHER SIDE THAT DID IT. THE REBELLION CAME OVER TIME -15, 20 YEARS. WE ARE MAYBE THE ONLY NATION IN HISTORY THAT REVOLTED BEFORE TRYANNY RAVAGED THE COMMUNITY. UNLIKE THE FRENCH OR THE RUSSIANS, WE WERE ALREADY FREE BUT WE FEARED TYRANNY SO WE WANTED ALL TO REALIZE THAT OUR FREEDOM WAS A NATURAL GIFT FROM GOD, NOT FROM THE KING.

AS GORDON WOOD POINTS OUT IN A RECENT AND WONDERFUL BOOK, IT WAS " THE IDEA OF AMERICA" THAT DROVE THE REVOLUTION.THE IDEA THAT WE HAD UNALENABLE RIGHTS SUCH AS LIBERTY AND WOULD NOT DEPEND ON THE BENEVALENCE OF THE KING TO MAINTAIN THOSE RIGHTS. WE KNEW THAT DEPENDENCE ON THE CENTRAL AUTHORITY (LIKE A MONARCH) WILL LEAD ULTIMATELY TO TYRANNY.

THE IDEA OF AMERICA IS THAT WE ARE AT RISK OF TRYANNY EVEN WHEN FREE. AND IT WAS THIS IDEA THAT CAUSED THE REVOLUTION. THE IDEA BUILT A NATION IN REVOLT, NOT AN EVENT, AN IDEA.

TODAY A NEW TYRANNY STALKS THE LAND. WE ARE THREATENED BY THE TRYANNY OF THE SPECIAL INTERESTS AND THEIR CHECKBOOKS: LOBBYIST MONEY, PAC MONEY, BUNDLED MONEY, CORPORATE MONEY, ASSOCIATION MONEY, ALL SPECIAL INTEREST MONEY. THEY BUY WANT THEY WANT OF OUR FREEDOMS.

I REFER YOU TO A TAX CODE THAT IS UNREADABLE, WITH LOOPHOLES FOR THE RICH AND FAMOUS, WITH FAVORS FOR CORPORATIONS THAT SEND OUR BEST JOBS OVERSEAS, AND WHERE GE CAN MAKE A PROFIT LAST YEAR OF $14.2 BILLION WORLD-WIDE AND PAY NO FEDERAL INCOME TAXES. THEY GAVE $4.3 MILLION IN POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS LAST ROUND. COINCIDENCE I'M SURE.
AFTER THIS NATION WAS BROUGHT TO ITS KNEES IN THE LAST RECESSION BY THE WALL STREET BANKS AND OTHERS (COMPANIES WHICH RECEIVED TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF TAXPAYER BAILOUT AND CREDIT ENHANCEMENT MONEY WITHOUT A THANK YOU TO THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER IN RETURN ), I REFER YOU TO THE BANK REFORM BILL WHICH ALLOWED TOO BIG TO FAIL TO REMAIN POLICY, THAT DIDN'T ADDRESS THE CAPITAL RATIO INCREASING WITH BANK SIZE ISSUE, THAT DIDN'T RESTORE THE PROVISIONS OF GLASS-STEGAL, AND THAT ACTED LIKE WALL STREET BANKS ARE MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. IN FACT, IN THE FACE OF UNPRECEDENTED FRAUD, NOT A SINGLE WALL STREET BANKER WENT TO JAIL.

WONDER HOW THIS HAPPENED? COULD IT BE THAT THE FINANCIAL SECTOR OF WALL STREET WERE THE LARGEST POLITICAL CHECK WRITERS IN THE NATION LAST CYCLE? THAT GOLDMAN SACHS WAS THE SINGLE LARGEST FINANCIAL INDUSTRY CONTRIBUTOR AT $3.4 MILLION. AND THAT NO ONE IN THAT COMPANY, HOME OF THE SPEECH, "I'LL TELL MY CLIENTS ONE THING, WHILE I DO THE EXACT OPPOSITE", WENT TO JAIL FOR FRAUD, FOR LYING, FOR THE BIG SCAMM?

I WON'T TALK ABOUT THE MONEY GIVEN BY INSURANCE COMPANIES, AND TORT LAWYERS AND PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES THAT GAVE US A HEALTHCARE REFORM BILL THAT DID NOTHING TO LOWER THE COST OF GOVERNMENT CARE BY MAKING SYSTEMIC IMPROVEMENTS, SUCH AS CAPPING TORT CLAIMS, BY REQUIRING INSURANCE COMPANIES TO COMPETE ACROSS STATE LINES, AND OR TO DEMAND THAT PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES LOWER THEIR PRICES DUE TO VOLUME DISCOUNTING OR COMPETITON FROM CANADA. OH NO, MR. OBAMA WILL JUST REDUCE BENEFITS TO SENIORS BY $500 BILLION AND PRETEND EVERYTHING IS ON THE UP AND UP.

I DON'T HAVE TO REMIND YOU OF THE SUBSIDIES AND SPECIAL FAVORS IN A FEDERAL OPERATING BUDGET THAT IS SO OUT OF BALANCE THAT THE NATIONAL DEBT WILL DOUBLE FROM ITS CURRENT HISTORIC HIGH IN THE NEXT 8-YEARS BY HIS OBAMA'S OWN NUMBERS. IT IS A BUDGET SO FULL OF GIMMICKS AND ROSY ASSUMPTIONS THAT EVEN THE HORRIBLE FORECASTS OF DOUBLING DEBT IN 8-YEARS SHOULD PROVE OPTIMISTIC. YEA, THIS IS A BUDGET WHERE WE SUBSIDIZE ETHANOL, OIL, GAS, UNPROVEN ENERGY TECHNOLOGY, HOUSING, FANNY MAE AND FREDDIE MACK TO THE TUNE OF $250 BILLION A YEAR, WHILE WE SLASH SENIORS WHO BUILT THIS COUNTRY. FOLLOW THE MONEY. FOLLOW THE MONEY. FOLLOW THE MONEY.
DC IS RIGGED: THE BUDGET, THE TAX CODE, TAX REFORM, HEALTHCARE REFORM , BANK REFORM, ANYTHING THAT BRINGS CHANGE TO THE STATUS QUO, BRINGS CHANGE TO THE GOOD OLD BOY NETWORK IS SHOT DOWN IMMEDIATELY OR BURIED IN A 2,300 PAGE BILL WHICH NO ONE READS. THEY DON'T READ THE BILLS. THEY DON'T HAVE TIME TO. THEY ARE RAISING MONEY AND TAKING LOBBYIST JOBS UPON RETIREMENT FROM THE COMPANIES BUYING FAVORS BEFORE THEIR COMMITTEES.

LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING YOU DID NOT KNOW. IN THE LAST POLITICAL CYCLE FOR PRESIDENT, MORE MONEY WAS CONTRIBUTED FROM THE WASHINGTON DC AREA THAN FROM 32 STATES COMBINED!

AND HOW IS THE COUNTRY WORKING UNDER THIS INSTITUTIONALLY CORRUPT SYSTEM WHERE MONEY BUYS FAVORS AND CONTROLS THE FATE OF CITIZENS WHO WATCH BUT DON'T PARTICIPATE?

POLITICAL GIVING HAS MUSHROOMED INTO AN INDUSTRY FOR FAVORS FOR THE SPECIAL INTERESTS WHO LIVE OFF GOVERNMENT -- THE GE'S OF THE WORLD AND THE GOLDMAN SACHS'.
I AM THE ONLY PERSON RUNNING WHO HAS BEEN BOTH A CONGRESSMAN AND A GOVERNOR. I HAVE SEEN THIS RIGGED MONEY GAME GROW AND GROW AND GROW, AND ALTHOUGH I HAVE BEATEN AN INCUMBENT DEMOCRAT OR TWO FOR CONGRESS AND FOR GOVERNOR ON THE ISSUES OF CORRUPTION AND SPECIAL INTERESTS FAVORS, I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THE TRYANNY OF THE SPECIAL INTEREST MONEY ALIVE IN AMERICA TODAY.

THE PRESIDENT HAS ABDICATED LEADERSHIP ON THE ISSUE, BECAUSE HE HAS BECOME THE POSTER-CHILD OF THE BIG-CHECK MOVEMENT WITH AN ANNOUNCED INTENTION OF RAISING A BILLION DOLLARS TO RUN FOR RE-ELECTION AND STARTING WITH A $35,000 A TICKET FUNDRAISER ON WALL STREET AND A COUPLE FUNDRAISERS IN HOUSTON FOR THE BIG OIL MONEY.

THE MAN OF CHANGE YOU CAN COUNT ON IS RAISING A BILLION DOLLARS FROM THE SPECIAL INTERESTS. NOW THAT IS CHANGE. IT USED TO BE $250 MILLION.

YOU THOUGHT IT WAS THE POOR WHO WROTE THE TAX CODE? IT IS THE SPECIAL INTERESTS. THAT BUSTED THE BUDGET? IT IS THE SPECIAL INTERESTS. THAT SENT OUR JOBS OVERSEAS WHILE WE TAXPAYERS PAID FOR IT? IT IS THE SPECIAL INTERESTS.

AMERICA IS IN TROUBLE. WE CAN DO BETTER. WE MUST BE BOLD.

WE OWE MORE MONEY THAN ANY NATION ON EARTH EVER. WHO CARES YOU ASK? GO BACK TO REPUBLICAN VALUES. ABRAHAM LINCOLN SAID THAT EXCESSIVE DEBT SHRINKS A NATION.

PRESIDENT JEFFERSON BUYS THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE FOR PENNIES AN ACRE AND DOUBLES THE SIZE OF THE UNITED STATES IN A STEAL THAT CHANGED HISTORY. NAPOLEON TOOK THE CASH, SOLVED HIS WAR DEBT PROBLEM, AND FRANCE DISAPPEARED IN THE NEW WORLD. GOODBYE FRANCE.

EXCESSIVE DEBT SHRINKS A NATION AND IT ALWAYS COME LIKE HOME FORECLOSURE, WHEN YOU ARE UPSIDE DOWN LIKE THE UNITED STATES IS AT PRESENT.

AMERICA IS IN TROUBLE. WE CAN DO BETTER. WE MUST BE BOLD.

WE SPEND WITHOUT DISCIPLINE AND IN THE PAST TWO YEARS WITHOUT A BUDGET.

TO HIT THE SWEET SPOT FOR GROWTH AND TO BEGIN TO GET DEBT UNDER CONTROL WE MUST GROW ECONOMICALLY 4%+ YEAR END, YEAR OUT, WITH SOME 6% AND 7% YEARS THROWN IN. WE BEGIN BY DISCIPLINING SPENDING AND REFORMING THE TAX CODE.

WE CURRENTLY SPEND AT $300 BILLION A MONTH, BORROW $120 BILLION OF THAT, AND BORROW IT FROM THE COMPETITION OR NON-FRIENDS (CHINA, JAPAN, OPEC). THIS IS UNSUSTAINABLE. THIS IS DANGEROUS.

WE MUST REDUCE FEDERAL SPENDING TO 18.5% OF GDP IN ORDER TO AFFORD GOVERNMENT AND GROW JOBS. WE CAN ACHIEVE THIS FIGURE IN 5-YEARS BY REDUCING SPENDING BY 1% OF GDP A YEAR OR $14O BILLION A YEAR.

FOR A QUICK LOOK, I HAVE IDENTIFIED 6-BROAD AREAS OF REDUCTION CANDIDATES RANGING FROM $50 BILLION TO $150 BILLION IN EACH AREA. EVERYTHING IS ON THE TABLE, INCLUDING ENTITLEMENTS.

ENTITLEMENTS ARE A NECESSARY AREA OF CONCERN BECAUSE OF THEIR TREMENDOUS GROWTH RATE OVER THE PAST 20-YEARS AND THE FACT THAT THEY COMPRISE SUCH A BIG SHARE OF THE FEDERAL BUDGET WITH MEDICARE ALONE GROWING FROM 2.6% OF THE BUDGET IN 1966 TO MORE THAN 26% TODAY. PROGRAMS SUCH AS SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, AND MEDICAID HAVE BECOME VITAL SAFETY NETS FOR THOSE WHO WORKED AND BUILT THIS COUNTRY AND THEREFORE WILL NOT BE DESTROYED OR ELIMINATED, BUT CERTAIN ACTIONS ARE REQUIRED TO PRESERVE THEIR FINANCIAL INTEGRITY.

ON SOCIAL SECURITY, I WOULD CHANGE THE RETIREMENT AGE GRADUALLY OVER TIME (ONE MONTH A YEAR FOR 24 YEARS) TO BRING THE NEW RETIREMAENT IN LINE WITH CHANGES IN LIFE EXPECTANCY AND WORK VALUE OVER THE PAST 50 YEARS WITHOUT LOSING ANY BENEFITS OR RAISING ANY TAXES.

ON MEDICARE, WE NEED TO LOWER THE GROWTH RATE BY ABOUT 1.5% A YEAR TO MAINTAIN SOLVENCY. IT WOULD STILL GROW AND PROTECT SENIORS BUT THE RATE OF GROWTH WOULD REDUCE OVER TIME TO ABOUT 2.1% A YEAR. I WOULD BEGIN WITH A SYSTEMATIC REFORM OF INSURANCE, PHARMACEUTICALS, AND TORT INTERFACE WITH MEDICARE. COMPETITION, CAPS, AND DISCOUNTS WILL HIGHLIGHT THE REFORM. ALTHOUGH I AGREE MAKING MEDICARE CHANGES PROSPECTIVE, LEAVING CURRENT AND NEAR-TERM RECEPIENTS UNTOUCHED. THESE SYSTEMATIC CHANGES TO LOWER COSTS WILL HELP EVERY AMERICAN YOUNG AND OLD.

IN ADDITION, I WOULD ALLOW TAX FREE MEDICAL SAVINGS ACCOUNTS FOR YOUNGER WORKERS, AND WOULD OFFER PROVIDERS 25% OF WHAT THEY SAVE THE SYSTEM ON INNOVATIONS WHICH CUT COSTS FOR PATIENTS AND FOR THE SYSTEM. INNOVATION SHOULD EXPLODE.

BETTER MANAGEMENT IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS EASY, INCLUDING CONSOLIDATION OFINFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND STANDARDIZATION OF SOFTWARE. 42% OF ALL FEDERAL WORKERS WILL RETIRE IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS AND I WOULD REPLACE HALF WITH NEW TECHNOLOGY: IMPROVING SERVICE, CUTTING PAYROLL, AND SAVING A TON OF MONEY. ENTIRE DEPARTMENTS SHOULD BE LAID TO REST, INCLUDING THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND EDUCATION.

EDUCATION IS IMPORTANT, BUT BEST PRACTICES START WITH IT A LOCAL FUNCTION, WHERE PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS CAN MAKE IT WORK.

HOUSING, ETHANOL, OIL, GAS, AND UNPROVEN ENERGY TECHNOLOGY SUBSIDIES ARE GONE AS IS THE DEPT OF ENERGY. THAT ALONE IS ONE YEAR OF MY 5-YEAR BUDGET SCRUBBING GOAL. FANNY MAE AND FREDDIE MACK WILL BE BURIED TO THE EMBARRASMENT OF CLINTON, BUSH, AND OBAMA AND OF MOST CONGRESSMEN IN BETWEEN.

WITH THE APPOINTMENT OF A HANDFUL OF DEDICATED AMERICANS, WE WILL TURNAROUND THIS BANKRUPT INSTITUTION OF GOVERNMENT, DOWNSIZING AND MANAGING IT TO HEALTH. WE CURRENTLY HAVE 18 DIFFERENT FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS, WE HAVE 20 DIFFERENT HOMELESSNESS PROGRAMS, WE HAVE 80 DIFFERENT PROGRAMS IN USDA, DOT, EDUCATION, INTERIOR, HHS, HUD, DEPT OF LABOR, AND VA TO TRANSPORT DISADVANTAGED CITIZENS. MANAGEMENT! MANAGEMENT AND STRUCTURE!

IT'S WHAT I DO.

TAX REFORM IS ANOTHER FUNDAMENTAL STEP IN A TURNAROUND LIKE THIS. THE CURRENT CODE IS WRITTEN BY THE LOBBYISTS, IS A DISGRACE BY ANY SCORE, AND IS NOT PROMOTING GROWTH.

WE NEED SIMPLICITY, SMALL BUSINESS EMPHASIS, BROAD-BASED FAIRNESS, LOWEST MARGINAL RATES POSSIBLE WITH FEWEST EXEMTIONS AND CARVEOUTS. I LIKE THE CONCEPT OF A FAIR TAX (BROAD BASED, UNDERGROUD ECONOMY, GLOBALLY ATTRACTIVE, SAVINGS ENHANCING, BUT I DO NOT THINK THE 23% TO 30% RATE IS DOABLE. LET'S START WITH A 6% TOP RATE ON THE FIRST $125,000 OF JOINT TAXABLE INCOME, WITH A TOP RATE OF 26% ABOVE $575,000 OF INCOME -- THIS BEING FAVORABLE TO SMALL BUSINESS PEOPLE. CORPORATE RATES WOULD SETTLE SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 14% AND 18% DEPENDING ON LOOPHOLE ELIMINATION AND CARVE OUT DESTRUCTION.
WE WILL LAY THE PLATFORM FOR GROWTH, WHEN COMBINED WITH BUDGET DISCIPLINE, THROUGH SIMPLICITY, CLARITY, FAIRNESS, FLATTER RATES BUT PROGRESSIVE, AND THE LOWEST MARGINAL RATES TO BE A HAVEN FOR CAPITAL. WE WILL ZERO THE TAX ON DIVIDENDS AND CAPITAL GAINS. WE WILL ZERO ESTATE TAXES UP TO $10 MILLION, AND WILL INDEX THAT DOLLAR AMOUNT. WE WILL ELIMINATE THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX AND THE MARRIAGE PENALTY.

BUT THESE TWO VITAL STEPS ARE NOT ENOUGH. THEY ARE NECESSARY AND WILL IMPROVE OUR GROWTH, BUT OUR ACTIONS MUST BE MUCH BOLDER. I SAY THAT BECAUSE WE ARE A NATION PRODUCING NO NEW JOBS. WE HAVE 1.1 MILLION FEWER JOBS THAN 12 YEARS AGO. OUR UNEMPLOYMENT RATE COMBINED WITH OUR NOT LOOKING PERCENTAGE IS 11.5%. WHEN YOU ADD THE 15.6% WHO ARE WORKING PART-TIME OR AT A DEEPLY DISCOUNTED PAY COMPARED TO 4-YEARS AGO, MORE THAN 1 IN 4 AMERICAN FAMILIES IS HURTING ECONOMICALLY AND MANY OF THE OTHERS ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE PROSPECTS OF FUTURE LAYOFFS.

NOT ONLY IS UNEMPLOYMENT KILLING AMERICA, THE PAY FOR THE JOBS WE DO HAVE IS NOT KEEPING PACE WITH LIFE'S NEEDS. WE'VE LOST 100,00'S OF JOBS AND WHAT'S LEFT DON'T PAY ANYTHING. WE HAVE TRADED THE MANUFACTURING JOBS OF OLD, FOR THE SERVICE JOBS OF TODAY --MCDONALD'S, INSURANCE, CALL SUPPORT, WALMART. THESE ARE DECENT JOBS, BUT HARD TO BUILD A FAMILY WITH THEM, OR A COMMUNITY OR A CHURCH OR A NATION.

WE USED TO BE A NATION THAT MADE THINGS, BUILT THINGS, MANUFACTURED THINGS "MADE IN AMERICA" MEANT SOMETHING. YOU COULD DRIVE ACROSS AMERICA IN TOWN AFTER TOWN IN ALABAMA AND GEORGIA AND SOUTH CAROLINA AND NEW HAMPSHIRE AND IOWA AND SOUTH DAKOTA AND LOUISIANA AND THERE WAS A BALL BEARING FACTORY, OR A FURNITURE PLANT, OR A CLOTHING MANUFACTURER OR AN AUTO PARTS PLANT. THEY ARE GONE NOW. WE HAVE ONLY 8% OF OUR WORKFORCE IN MANUFACTURING. THE REST OF US ARE IN SERVICE AND SALES AND GOVERNMENT.

LOOKING BACK, I BELIEVE WE GAVE MANY OF THESE JOBS AWAY. TECHNOLOGY TOOK MANY, BAD MANAGEMENT TOOK MANY, HEAVY-HANDED AND SHORT-SIGHTED UNION ACTIONS TOOK A GREAT TOLL. BUT A BIG CHUNK OF THESE OUR BEST JOBS, WE GAVE AWAY TO CHINA, TO MEXICO, TO JAPAN, TO INDIA, TO KOREA. WE SELL THEM GRAIN AND OUR BEST JOBS, AND THEY SELL US EVERYTHING ELSE.

AS STEPHEN MOORE WROTE IN THE WALL STREET JOURNAL A FEW WEEKS AGO, WE USED TO BE A NATION OF MAKERS. NOW, WE ARE A NATION OF TAKERS. MORE AMERICANS WORK FOR GOVERNMENT THAN FOR MANUFACTURING, MINING, UTILITIES, FARMING, CONSTRUCTION, FORESTRY, AND FISHING COMBINED.

MADE IN AMERICA? GONE WITH THE WIND.

WE MUST TAKE BOLD ACTIONS. I WILL LIST 4. SCRUBBIG THE BUDGET AND REVISING THE TAX CODE FOR GROWTH ARE VITAL, BUT INSUFFICIENT FOR A NATION AT RISK AND AT REST LIKE WE ARE.
THE FIRST STEP IS DEREGULATION OF SMALL BUSINESSES. I'M A RONALD REAGAN TAX GUY. I WAS IN CONGRESS VOTING WITH HIM AS A CONSERVATIVE- DEMOCRAT FROM 1981TO 1988 WHEN I BECAME GOVERNOR. AND YOU SEE THOSE SAME PRINCIPLES IN MY LOW MARGINAL RATE TAX PROPOSAL.

BUT WE NEED MORE IN THESE TIMES. WE NEED TO REALIZE THAT GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS ARE THE NEW TAXES. REGULATIONS ARE EASIER TO ENACT THAN TAXES, BUT THEY COST A BUSINESS AS MUCH OR MORE.

DID YOU KNOW THAT REGULATIONS ON BUSINESS COST MORE THAN THE TAXES PAID LAST YEAR AT $1.7 TRILLION? DID YOU KNOW THAT OBAMA WAS THE CHAMPION OF GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS WITH 81,405 PAGES OF REGULATORY COMMENTS PRINTED IN 2010 ALONE?

DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE SOME 4,000 NEW REGULATIONS IN THE PIPELAND AT PRESENT--A HISTORICALLY HIGH NUMBER? DID YOU KNOW THAT OF THE SOME 66 NEW, MAJOR REGULATIONS IMPLEMENTED IN 2010, ONLY 16 HAD A COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS?

THE BIG GOVERNMENT DEMS CAN'T PASS A TAX, SO THEY RUN THE GOVERNMENT ON BORROWED MONEY AND REGULATE BUSINESS TO DEATH. AND MORE REGULATIONS ARE GURANTEED TO BE ON THEIR WAY: BANK REFORM, HEALTHCARE REFORM BOTH REGULATORY JUNGLES, JUST STARTING TO GROW.

INTERESTINGLY, THE BIG CORPORATIONS DON'T MIND THE REGULATIONS SO MUCH. THEY'VE GOT LOBBYISTS, LAWYERS, AND COMPLIANCE OFFICERS. THAT'S WHY THEY ARE MAKING THEIR HIGHEST PROFITS EVER. REGULATIONS HURT THE COMPETITION FROM THE SMALL BUSINESSES.

WHAT DOES THE SMALL BUSINESSMAN HAVE? NO CHANCE.

SMALL BUSINESS TAKES THE CHANCES, HIRES 2 OUT OF EVERY 3 NEW JOBS IN AMERICA OVER THE PAST 40 YEARS, MAKES AMERICA COMPETITIVE, HOLDS THE PATENTS AND INNOVATIONS, MAKES THE COUNTRY RUN, BUILT AMERICA--AND SHE/OR GETS SMOTHERED AND CHOCKED AND BROUGHT TO FINANCIAL RUIN BY THE NEW TAX-- A GOVERNMENT REGULATION. THE SMALL BUSINESS HAS NO LAWYER ON STAFF, NO COMPLIANCE OFFICER BEHIND A BIG DESK, AND NO LOBBYIST IN WASHINGTON DC. NO CHANCE IN THE 21ST CENTURY.

I WILL DEMAND THAT EVERY AGENCY STOP ENFORCING GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS IMPLEMENTED SINCE JANUARY 1, 2008. I WILL START A REVIEW OF EACH REGULATION WHILE ENFORCEMENT IS HALTED, AND WILL PERMANENTLY RESCIND ALL REGULATIONS THAT DO NOT HAVE A SAFETY PURPOSE AND A POSITIVE COST-BENEFIT RATIO.

WITH THIS FIRST STEP, TAX RELIEF HAS COME TO THE MOST PRODUCTIVE ENGINE OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. WE WILL DE-REGULATE SMALL BUSINESS. I PROMISE YOU, WATCH THE DESERT BLOSSOM FROM THIS PROCESS OF SUSPENDING ENFORCMENT, REVIEWING SAFETY AND COST-BENEFIT FACTS, AND RESCINDING THE REGULATION PERMANENTLY. GO TO WORK AMERICA.
AS A SECOND STEP, WE WILL IMPLEMENT OUR ENERGY INDEPENDENCE POLICY.

1. WE WILL BE ENERGY INDEPENDENT BY THE END OF THE DECADE. WE WILL UTILIZE ALL FORMS OF DOMESTIC ENERGY PRODUCTION AND INNOVATION, WILL ELIMINATE THE $500 BILLION ANNUAL TRADE IMBALANCE, AND WILL CREATE UP TO 1,000,000 NEW ENERGY JOBS FOR AMERICANS BY SPENDING MONEY ON DOMESTIC ENERGY SOURCES AS THE MARKET DICTATES.

2. WE NEED ALL OUR DOMESTIC ENERGY SOURCES IN A NATION POISED TO GROW, BUT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT PICK WINNERS AND LOSERS. THE CONSUMERS WILL DECIDE FROM AN EXPANDING LIST INCLUDING CLEAN COAL, NUCLEAR, OIL, NATURAL GAS, ETHANOL, BATTERY, SOLAR, WIND, HYDRO, GEOTHERMAL, CONSERVATION, AND NEW TECHNOLOGY

3. TO FACILITATE THIS COMITTMENT, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL OPEN ALL OF ITS LAND, ONSHORE AND OFF, TO DRILLING IN A SAFE AND TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED MANNER. WE WILL PROVIDE, PROMOTE, AND PROTECT ENERGY DRILLING IN AN ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND MANNER.

4. AFTER RENEWED DRILLING HAS BEGUN IN FULL, WE WILL BEGIN TO TARIFF IMPORTED OIL. THE TARIFF AMOUNT WILL RISE AS WE APPROACH THE END OF THE DECADE. TARIFF REVENUE WILL NOT BE USED FOR GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS, BUT WILL REDUCE THE PRINCIPAL ON THE NATIONAL DEBT. OUR FOREIGN ENERGY TARIFF WILL BE IMPOSED ON THE OIL OF ALL NATIONS, EXCEPT MEXICO AND CANADA.

5. REGULATIONS FOR DRILLING PERMITS WILL ALLOW FOR EXPEDITED CLEARANCE DEPENDING ON THE TOPOGRAPHY TO BE DRILLED, THE EXPERIENCE AND HISTORY OF THE DRILLER/OPERATOR, VERIFICATION OF THE CAPACITY AND PLAN FOR MITIGATION IN THE CASE OF AN ACCIDENT. THE NEW REGULATIONS WILL ALLOW FOR THE EXPANSION OF DOMESTIC REFINING CAPACITY BY UP TO 25% IF AND WHEN NECESSARY. REGULATIONS WILL BE COOPERATIVELY CONSTRUCTED AND ENFORCED WITH THE APPROPRIATE STATE AGENCIES.

6. THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY WILL BE DISBANDED AND DEFUNDED, SAVING SOME $25 BILLION ANNUALLY.

7. ALL ENERGY SUBSIDIES WILL BE ELIMINATED, INCLUDING THOSE SUBSIDIES OF OIL, ETHANOL, NATURAL GAS, AND UNPROVEN ENERGY TECHNOLOGY. SAVINGS WILL EXCEED $100 BILLION ANNUALLY.

8. WE WILL OPEN THE NUCLEAR WASTE FACILITY AT YUCCA MOUNTAIN IN NEVADA. THE SAFE GENERATION OF NUCLEAR ENERGY WILL ASSIST OUR INDEPENDENCE.

9. OUR FOREIGN POLICY FLEXIBILITY IN EXECUTION AND FOCUS ON PROTECTING AMERICAN NATIONAL SECURITY WILL BE ENHANCED BY TAKING OIL INTERESTS OFF THE TABLE. THIS ONE FACTOR WILL REDUCE OUR NEED TO MAINTAIN MORE THAN 1,000 MILITARY BASES ON FOREIGN SHORES.

10. SINCE WE WILL NO LONGER BE SENDING $500 BILLION A YEAR OVERSEAS FOR FOREIGN OIL, WE WILL HALT THE PORTION OF THAT CASH NOW BEING SIPHONED OFF TO THE TERRORISTS.
11. THE STRENGTHENING OF OUR DOLLAR THROUGH THE ELIMINATION OF OUR HUGE TRADE DEFICIT CREATED BY THE MASSIVE PURCHASE OF FOREIGN OIL SHOULD STRENGTHEN THE DOLLAR AND REDUCE THE COST OF GASOLINE, HELPING ALL NATIONS AND PARTICULARLY THE UNITED STATES. AND WILL COMPROMISE THE POWER AND INFLUENCE OF OPEC. THE CHAVEZ REGIEME IN VENESUELA WILL NOT BE HAPPY WITH THIS POLICY. IT SHOULD DOTHEM GREAT HARM.

12. ADDITIONALLY, WE WILL ERECT A NO-TRADE POLICY FOR ALL FOREIGN PRODUCTS ATTEMPTED TO BE IMPORTED INTO THE UNITED STATES CONTAINING A DROP OF IRANIAN OIL IN THEIR PRODUCTION OR TRANSPORTATION. THIS POLICY AND FURTHER ECONOMIC SANCTIONS WILL BE AIMED AT IRAN UNTIL THEY AGREE TO DISCONTINUE THEIR BUILDUP TOWARD MANUFACTURE OF NUCLEAR WEAPON. NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION IS OUR POLICY. AND WE ARE PREPARED TO USE OUR ECONOMIC POWER AND OIL IN A FOCUSED, ALLIED MANNER TO GET THIS DONE, BY TARGETING BOTH IRAN AND NORTH KOREA.

13. THE JOBS BENEFITS OF OUR ENERGY INDEPENDENCE BY A DATE CERTAIN SHOULD CREATE SUBSTANTIAL NEW EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR CITIZENS. THESE ARE NOT MINIMUM WAGE JOBS, BUT RATHER, MANUFACTURING TYPE WORK NUMBERING MORE THAN A MILLION OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS. ADDITIONALLY, THIS PROGRAM OPENS UP AN OPPORTUNITY FOR U. S. MANUFACTURING INTERESTS WHICH NEED A CONSISTENT, AFFORDABLE, STEADY SUPPLY OF AVAILABLE ENERGY, AS WE TRY TO RE-ESTABLISH A MANUFACTURING BASE. "MADE IN AMERICA" CAN MEAN SOMETHING AGAIN, AND AN ENERGY INDEPENDENT AMERICA WILL HELP MAKE THAT POSSIBLE.

AS THE THIRD STEP IN A FOUR STEP PLAN, UPON ASSUMING OFFICE, WE WILL ANNOUNCE THAT WE WILL DISCONTINUE OUR NATION'S BENIGN NEGLECT OF THE ISSUES SURROUNDING FAIR TRADE AND THE LOSS OF AMERICA'S BEST JOBS.

WE CANNOT PROTECT AMERICAN JOBS FROM TECHNOLOGY, OR MANAGEMENT INEPTNESS, OR UNION ARROGANCE AND NEGLECT. WE SHOULD EMBRACE TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES AND PREPARE EDUCATIONALLY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF NEW PRODUCTIVITY REALITIES.

WE CANNOT PROTECT AMERICAN JOBS FROM BAD PERFORMANCE. COMPETITORS MUST COMPETE.

WE CANNOT PROTECT AMERICAN JOBS UNDER ALL CIRCUMSTANCES.

BUT WE CAN AND WILL PROTECT THEM FROM UNFAIR TRADING PRACTICES, INCLUDING FROM HIDDEN, NON-TARIFF BARRIERS ENACTED IN OTHER NATIONS WHO THEN RUSH THEIR GOODS TO MARKET HERE IN AMERICA.

ALL SPEECHES, TRIPS, ACTIONS OF MY PRESIDENCY ON JOBS WILL BE ABOUT FREE AND FAIR TRADE. FREE TRADE ALONE HAS NOT WORKED FOR AMERICA AS PROMISED. THIS TIME, WE START WITH FAIR.

I WILL BEGIN WITH OUR OWN TAX CODE AND BUDGET ACTIONS WHICH OFTEN REWARD AMERICAN COMPANIES FOR SHIPPING JOBS OVERSEAS. EXPENSING THE COSTS OF OFFSHORE PLANT

CONSTRUCTION OR OF OUTSOURCING CERTAIN FUNCTIONS OFFSHORE AND EXPENSING THE COSTS IS UNACCEPTABLE.

I HAVE PROPOSED A TARIFF AGAINST FOREIGN OIL, HELPING BREAK OUR ADDICTION THERETO. I HAVE NO OTHER TARIFF PROPOSALS AT THIS TIME, BUT I AM WITH OUR FOUNDING FATHERS ON THIS POINT. WE WILL SELECTIVELY USE FAIR TRADE EQUALIZERS IF WE THINK ANOTHER NATION IS MANIPULATING OUR FREE TRADE GOALS BY EMPLOYING CHILD LABOR, ENVIRONMENTALLY DEGRADING WORK PRACTICES , OR USING NON-TARIFF BARRIERS TO PENALIZE OUR PRODUCTS.

ALEXANDRER HAMILTON THOUGHT THAT THE ONLY WAY TO CHANGE AMERICA FROM AN AGARIAN CULTURE TO ONE OF MANUFACTURING GREATNESS WAS THE SELECTIVE USE OF THE TARIFF. WE MIGHT BE FACED WITH THE SAME DILEMMA NOW 200 YEARS LATER.

I WILL NOT STAND QUIETLY ASIDE AND WATCH OUR BEST AND BRIGHTEST JOBS SNATCHED AWAY BY THE UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES OF SOME OR THE ABUSIVE LABOR PRACTICES OF OTHERS. WE WILL NO LONGER PLAY THE FOOL. WE WILL PRACTICE FREE TRADE WHERE IT WORKS, BUT WE WILL PRACTICE FAIR TRADE IN EVERY RELATIONSHIP AND EXPECT THE SAME IN RETURN.

I HAVE BEEN THROUGHOUT CHINA. I HAVE TRAVELED EXTENSIVELY IN JAPAN. I HAVE ROAMED BRAZIL AND INDIA AND AFRICA AND ISRAEL. I AM A BUSINESSMAN WHO KNOWS THE WORLD OF TRADE AND COMMERCE. I KNOW THAT WE ARE BEING TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF, AND THAT MUCH OF THE FAULT LIES WITH A POLITICAL COUPLING OF OUR CORPORATE GIANTS WITH OUR WASHINGTON DC POLITICAL LEADERSHIP -- A COUPLING WHICH ALLOWS THE CORPORATE WORLD TO ENJOY THEIR MOST PROFITABLE, BONUSED, OVER-PAID PERIOD IN HISTORY. AND OFFERS OUR POLITICAL ASPIRANTS ENDLESS CAMPAIGN CHECKS AND COUNTLESS RETIREMENT OPPORTUNITIES--ALL WHILE THE AVERAGE FAMILY IS SURROUNDED BY HARD TIMES BECAUSE GOOD JOBS HAVE BEEN GIVEN AWAY OVERSEAS WITH MILLIONS UNABLE TO FIND WORK OR WORKING FOR PENNIES ON THE DOLLAR.

I PROMISE TWO THINGS: ONE, WE ARE GOING TO CHANGE THE TAX AND BUDGET RULES AND STOP USING TAXPAYER MONEY TO OFFSHORE AMERICAN JOBS. AND TWO, FAIR TRADE WILL BE AS VALUED AS FREE TRADE GOING FORWARD.

FINALLY, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY AND A PROCESS WE HAVE ALREADY STARTED, WE ARE PREPARED TO CHALLENGE THE TRYANNY OF THE BIG CHECKS, THE SPECIAL INTEREST CHECKS, THE BUNDLED CHECKS, THE PAC CHECKS, THE CORPORATE CHECKS, THE WALL STREET CHECKS IN THIS INSTITUTIONALLY CORRUPT SYSTEM. OUR FEAR IS THAT IF THE SPECIAL INTEREST TYRANNY IS NOT CHALLENGED AND CHANGED, THE BOLD STEPS NECESSARY FOR BUDGET DISCIPLINE, TAX REFORM, SMALL BUSINESS DEREGULATION, ENERGY INDEPENDENCE, AND FAIR TRADE INITIATIVES WILL BE DEFEATED BY THE CHECKS THAT OWN THE CURRENT SYSTEM.

THOSE WHO ARE PROFITING IN THE CURRENT SAD CONDITIONS (CORPORATE SPECIAL INTERESTS AND THE DC POLITICIANS) WILL KEEP "BUSINESS AS USUAL" FIRMLY IN PLACE, AND AMERICA WILL CONTINUE IN PERMANENT RECESSION AND STAGFLATION, WITH JOBS IN SHORT SUPPLY AND GOVERNMENT EATING THE PRIVATE ECONOMY ONE BAILOUT AT A TIME. GREECE REPLAYED.
THE REASON IT WILL NEVER CHANGE IS BECAUSE THE FOLKS THAT BOUGHT WASHINGTON ARE MAKING A FORTUNE. THEY ARE HAVING THEIR MOST PROFITABLE YEAR EVER. AMERICA IS HURTING AND DC IS A BOOM TOWN, WALL STREET IS NEAR AN ALL TIME HIGH, THEIR BANKS ARE AS GREEDY AND PROTECTED AND RISKY AS EVER, NO ONE HAS GONE TO JAIL, AND OBAMA IS RAISING A BILLION TO RUN FOR RE-ELECTION.

I'M NOT SAYING OBAMA CAUSED THE RECESSION. HE'S JUST MADE IT PERMANENT. AND THE POLITICAL ELITE ARE HAPPY. IT'S JUST THE WORKING PEOPLE AND SMALL BUSINESSES GETTING LAID OFF NOTICES, OR BEING FORECLOSED, OR ARE BEING DOWNSIZED.

TO BE FREE TO LEAD A GREAT NATION, WE HAVE STATED OUR RULES CLEARLY AND WITH NO EXCEPTIONS: $100 LIMIT, NO PAC MONEY, FULL DISCLOSURE.

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MONEY IS ALWAYS TOUGH TO RAISE AND IT IS SEDUCTION FOR ALL WHO RUN. THAT'S WHY THE STANDARDS HAVE TO BE CLEAR AND HIGH. IT IS ESPECIALLY DIFFICULT FOR ME WITH A $100 LIMIT. AND ALSO PERSONALLY UNKNOWN. THE NEWSMEDIA HAVE DECIDED THAT I AM A 2ND TIER CANDIDATE AND THEREFORE, I DO NOT GET THE UNLIMITED EXPOSURE OF SOME OF THE OTHER WANNABEES.

I HAVE BEEN INVITED TO NEITHER OF THE TWO NATIONAL DEBATES SO FAR, AND IT HURTS MY NAME RECOGNITION. ACCORDING TO THE LATEST NATIONAL POLLS, I AM KNOWN BY ONLY 3% OF THE VOTERS, BUT I AM THE FIRST CHOICE OF ALMOST ALL WHO KNOW ME WITH 2% OF THE TOTAL VOTE.

I LIKE OUR POSITION IF WE CAN GET ON THE STAGE OF PUBLIC OPINION, FOR THERE IS NO ONE WINNING THIS RACE AS OF YET. THE LEADER IS AT 100% NAME RECOGNITION AND ONLY 17% OF THE VOTE. THE VOTERS ARE WAITING, LOOKING FOR SOME REAL ANSWERS, SOMEONE FREE TO LEAD.

I DO NOT HONESTLY KNOW IF I AM THE ONLY PERSON FREE TO LEAD, BUT I DO KNOW THIS. I AM THE ONLY PERSON IN THE RACE CHALLENGING THE MONEY MASTERS, REFUSING TO BE BOUGHT, STANDING UP TO THE INSTITUTIONALLY CORRUPT SYSTEM THAT IS BRINGING THIS COUNTRY DOWN.

IT IS TRUE THAT I'VE GOT SOME UNIQUE LEADERSHIP CREDENTIALS --ONLY PERSON RUNNING WHO HAS BEEN ELECTED TO BOTH CONGRESS AND THE OFFICE OF GOVERNOR, A SUCCESSFUL CEO FOR 20 YEARS WHILE IN PRIVATE LIFE WITH NO BAILOUTS , AND AT 67 AND IN GOOD HEALTH, I'M OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE AND YOUNG ENOUGH TO DO IT. BUT THE REAL REASON TO TAKE A LONG LOOK AT ME IS MY PLEDGE TO ACT AS I SPEAK AND RUN: FREE OF THE SPECIAL INTEREST MONEY, FREE TO LEAD A RISING AMEERICA. $100 LIMIT, NO PACS, FULL DISCLOSURE.

MY BIGGEST DIFFICULTY IS GETTING ON THE STAGE. I BELIEVE THAT THE BIG BOYS HAVE DECIDED THAT I'M TOO FREE, TOO INDEPENDENT OF THEIR CHECKS. THIS IS THE CAMPAIGN, THIS IS THE BATTLE: CAN I GET ON THE STAGE?

EVERYTIME I GET AN AUDIENCE, MY NAME RECOGNITION GOES UP, MOMENTUM GROWS. I HAVE CONTRIBUTIONS FROM 45 STATES AT LAST COUNT, WITH LOUISIANA, CALIFORNIA, TEXAS, FLORIDA, AND GEORGIA BEING OUR TOP 5. YESTERDAY, WE RECEIVED CONTRIBUTIONS FROM INDIANA, ILLINOIS, ARIZONA, TEXAS, AND MISSOURI. OUR AVERAGE CONTRIBUTION IS $90.34.
TO WIN IN THE PRIMARIES, WE NEED ONE PERSON OUT OF A HUNDRED TO CONTRIBUTE $100. THAT IS 3 MILLION AMERICANS CONTRIBUTING A TOTAL OF $300 MILLION WHICH IS MORE THAN MCCAIN AND ROMNEY SPENT 4-YEARS AGO AND IS MORE THAN THE OTHERS WILL RAISE. THE DIFFERENCE IS THAT I DO NOT APPEAL TO THE 1% SPECIAL INTERESTS WHO OWN THE POLITICAL SYSTEM NOW AND GIVE TO ALL CANDIDATES AND ALL PARTIES SO THEY ARE GUARANTEED A WINNER. I APPEAL TO THE 99% WHO NEVER GIVE, BUT BUILD THE ROADS, START THE COMPANIES, FIGHT THE WARS AND ARE FORGOTTEN BY THE POLITICAL ELITE WHO LAUGH AT THEM EXCEPT AROUND ELECTION TIME.

I BELIEVE THE COMMON SENSE AND TEAMWORK OF THESE 99% ARE THE KEY TO WINNING AND TO TURNING THE COUNTRY AROUND.

I BELIEVE IT. ALL I NEED IS FOR YOU TO BELIEVE IT TOO, AND FOR YOU TO JOIN THE TEAM AND RECRUIT OTHERS TO JOIN.

ONE OUT OF A HUNDRED IN THE PRIMARIES IS ALL WE NEED. BE THE ONE. GET ON THE WEBSITE AND DO IT AT WWW.BUDDYROEMER.COM

IN THE GENERAL ELECTION AGAINST OBAMA, WE NEED 2 OUT OF 100. THIS REPRESENTS 6 MILLION AMERICANS AT $100 EACH, WHICH GIVES US $600 MILLION AGAINST HIS $1 BILLION FROM THE SPECIAL INTERESTS. I'LL CHALLENGE HIM TO 5 DEBATES, AND WE WILL CHALLENGE HIS LEADERSHIP AND HIS FREEDOM GIVEN THAT BILLION DOLLARS HANGING AROUND HIS NECK.

WE NEED TO TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK FROM THE GREEDY, SELF-SERVING SPECIAL INTERESTS. LET'S START WITH THE MONEY. THERE IS NO OTHER WAY. AS ROBERT FROST SAID, "I'M GOING TO CLEAN THE PASTURE SPRING. IT WON'T TAKE LONG. YOU COME TOO." LET'S CLEAN THE PASTRUE SPRING.

MY LOVE IS BUILDING JOBS. I DO IT IN OUR BANK EVERY DAY WORKING WITH SMALL BUSINESSES. AND I DID IT AS GOVERNOR OF LOUISIANA, WHEN WE TOOK THE HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN AMERICA AND CUT IT IN HALF IN 4-YEARS --FROM 12% TO 6%. THE FIRST KEY IN LOUISIANA WAS TO CLEAN UP THE CORRUPTION. THAT'S WHY I KNOW WE MUST CLEAN UP INSTITUTIONAL CORRUPTION IN WASHINGTON DC TO GET JOBS GROWTH AGAIN. THIS IS WHY I RUN LIKE I DO.

THE PUNDITS AND EXPERTS ALWAYS SAY, "HE CAN'T WIN. HE WON'T TAKE THE BIG CHECKS." THEY ARE RIGHT IN THAT IT IS A MUCH HARDER RACE TO RUN STANDING WITH THE GRASS ROOTS. WHAT THE PUNDITS MISS IS HOW MUCH MORE YOU CAN GET DONE WHEN YOU WIN OUR WAY. WHAT THE PUNDITS MISS IS HOW THE POWERFUL VOICE OF PLAIN PEOPLE CAN BE BEST HEARD WHEN THE SCREECHING OF THE SPECIAL INTERESTS IS ASKED TO LEAVE THE DECISION ROOM. AND WHAT THE PUNDITS MISS IS HOW ATTRACTIVE AN OFFICE DISINFECTED OF SPECIAL INTEREST MONEY BECOMES TO LEADERS WITH AN UNCORRUPTED VIEW OF AMERICA AND ITS CHALLENGES AND NEEDS.

LET ME CLOSE WITH LINCOLN. I DO NOT HAVE HIS GREATNESS OR HIS HEIGHT, BUT I SHARE HIS BEGINNINGS CLOSE TO THE SOIL. LIKE LINCOLN, OUR GREATESTPRESIDENT, I WAS NOT BORN A REPUBLICAN AND LOST MY LAST RACE PRIOR TO RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. LIKE LINCOLN, I'M PROUD TO BE A REPUBLICAN AND ASK ALL WHO THINK WE CAN DO BETTER AS A NATION --REPUBLICANS, TEA PARTIERS, INDEPENDENTS, CONSERVATIVE DEMOCRATS -- TO WORK WITH ME TO THROW OUT THE SPECIAL INTEREST MONEY AND TAKE BACK OUR JOBS.

LET'S REBUILD OUR GREAT NATION.