Skip to comments.Bachmann unveils jobs blueprint as poll shows voter skepticism over ability to manage economy
Posted on 10/11/2011 4:29:00 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
On the heels of a Washington Post-Bloomberg News poll showing that voters believe Michele Bachmann would do the most damage to the U.S. economy of any of the presidential candidates the Minnesota congresswoman on Tuesday unveiled an 11-point blueprint for job creation that she says will "return America to a position of economic prominence in the world."
The plan, which Bachmann titled "American Jobs, Right Now," pulls together many of Bachmann's key economic talking points from the campaign trail into one document.
"My solutions are simple." Bachmann said in a press release. "We need to cut government spending, legalize America's God-given natural resources, and stop taxing investment and productivity."
Bachmann's blueprint focuses on wiping out "job killing regulations" and reducing the size of government through tax and spending cuts. She also promises to repeal two of Obama's signature legislative achievements: the Affordable Care Act (the health care law that opponents call "Obamacare") and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (which Bachmann refers to as the "jobs and housing destruction act."). Bachmann contends that both laws discourage employers from hiring.
Bachmann continues her push for a tax repatriation holiday, allowing American companies with overseas profits that total more than $1.2 trillion the chance to bring that money back to the United States without being taxed the 35 percent rate normally charged on corporate profits. The idea is currently being discussed in Congress as part of a smaller alternative bill if Obama's jobs bill fails to pass, a near certainty. Recent studies by both left- and right- leaning groups have shown that a similar holiday in 2004-05 had little effect on job growth.
In addition, Bachmann's plan calls for increasing exports and expanding the nation's domestic energy production by "reviving the logging, timber, mining and metals industries,
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RE: Tax Repatriation Holiday
Didn’t we try it before under Bush Jr?
We gave a one year tax repatriation holiday. How did that work out?
How about a PERMANENT Holiday instead?
From Michele Bachmann’s Website:
Eleven Points of American Jobs, Right Now Blueprint:
REPATRIATION. More than 1.2 trillion United States dollars could be brought back to America in days as an immediate stimulus if the government would zero out the tax rate on that money until December 31, and then permanently keep it here in the U.S. if taxed at a rate of 5 percent. Foreign earning totaling over $1.2 trillion is more than the Presidents failed stimulus and it wont come out of taxpayer wallets. It would increase the value of the dollar, provide valuable capital for the job creators in this country and pump tremendous amounts of money into our economy.
CUT SPENDING AND GOVERNMENT. I have already voted to cut federal spending in the years ahead, every single time I have had the opportunity. In addition, I would phase out quasi-governmental enterprises, such as Fannie and Freddie, and eliminate duplicative government programs and costs. We must decrease government salaries to bring them in line with their private sector counterparts, and we must decrease the number of government employees. Over-spending by the government hurts job creation by devaluing the dollar and stealing capital from the private sector.
REPEAL OBAMACARE. Healthcare is one-sixth of the U.S. economy and this unconstitutional takeover of healthcare by the federal government is creating crippling uncertainty for employers across this country. This legislation does nothing to address the true problem with our healthcare system cost and will cost states trillions. I believe it is an intentional backstop to imploding healthcare entitlement programs Medicare and Medicaid to transition toward a single payer-system. This is the number one hindrance to job creation in the United States (according to a recently released UBS study).
CUT TAXES. Ive demonstrated a firm commitment to cutting spending and balancing the budget. We need to reduce the number of tax brackets, repeal taxes outlined in Obamacare, fix the Alternative Minimum Tax, and eliminate the Death Tax. In addition, we must make the corporate tax code simpler and fairer, and allow U.S. companies that generate earnings overseas to bring back those profits and invest them in American jobs and growth.
REPEAL THE JOBS AND HOUSING DESTRUCTION ACT, ALSO KNOWN AS DODD-FRANK. This law tightened regulations on banks, made it harder for Americans to obtain credit, and failed to address the systemic problem that caused the Wall Street collapse leverage. This 849-page bill calls for 400 new sets of rules that will be written on 6000 Federal Register pages, all written by bureaucrats, many of whom have never worked in the financial services field. The law also creates a potentially intrusive Financial Services Consumer Protection Bureau that is not accountable to Congress and which has but a vague mandate to combat misconduct so in the wrong hands, it could cause its own kind of misconduct.
LEGALIZE AMERICAN ENERGY PRODUCTION AND AMERICAS NATURAL RESOURCES. This could create 1.4 million jobs, bringing $800 billion of new revenue into the U.S. Treasury, and increasing domestic energy supplies by 50 percent. The price of energy has a direct impact on nearly ever facet of our lives. We have to abandon the parochial and political energy policies of the past and install a comprehensive energy plan that not only reduces our reliance on unfriendly foreign regimes, but also creates millions of American jobs and generates increased tax revenues. According to the Congressional Research Service, the U.S. has more energy potential than any other country in the world. We should use that potential. It is a better policy to create American jobs and explore in an environmentally-sound way, than to rely on foreign dictators who give little regard to the environment. This includes specific strategies like reviving the logging, timber, mining and metals industries, and bringing federal lands back into productive activity by repealing radical environmental laws that kill access to natural resources.
REPEAL JOB KILLING REGULATIONS. Americas job creators and small business owners have lost economic liberty under the weight of $1.8 billion annually in compliance costs with government regulations. Together we sent $2.2 trillion in taxes to the federal government this year. By comparison, job creators spend nearly as much annually to comply with bureaucratic mandates. Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, and the string of mandates and rules from the Environmental Protection Agency as well as other agencies are creating such incredible uncertainty in the market. The House Republican leadership has identified 219 planned Obama administration regulations, each of which will cost the economy more than $100 million. This red tape rampage must stop.
INCREASE EXPORTS. This President has been holding hostage trade deals with Colombia, Panama and South Korea as he tries to negotiate favor for Big Labor. The world needs to know that we are open for business and U.S. Companies need to expand beyond our borders to the 95 percent of people who do not live here.
UNLEASH AMERICAN INVESTMENT. By eliminating unnecessary taxes and regulation, and expanding trade, we will create an incentive for investment in America again. We must do whatever it takes to restore our ability to manufacture here in the U.S. We can do this by reforming the tax code, providing incentive for growth, and allowing the private sector to control the market with little government involvement.
PAVE A PATHWAY FOR INNOVATION. Recent reports indicated that the United States has now slipped to 5th in the competitiveness rankings, and 47th in education. How do we expect to lead the world economically when we are not doing what is needed to inspire and foster innovation here at home? The future of the American economy lies with the innovation of this and future generations.
ENFORCE AMERICAN IMMIGRATION LAWS. The failure of the federal government to enforce its immigration laws costs federal, state and local governments billions of dollars annually. Our nation was founded on the rule of law, and we must ensure U.S. immigration laws are respected and enforced not only to preserve our national security, but to protect federal, state, and local budgets, and to curb the unfair strain on our countrys job markets.
My solutions are simple. We need to cut government spending, legalize Americas God-given natural resources, and stop taxing investment and productivity, Bachmann said. In other words, we need to do what growing economies do.
“Managing the economy” is the aim and language of socialists. I want no part of a government-managed economy and I want no politician who seeks such a thing.
RE: Managing the economy is the aim and language of socialists.
That’s Mainstream media speak right there. Another phrase often used is RUNNING THE COUNTRY.
I love these people who say they’re going to increase American exports.
First, we sorta have to make something that someone outside the US can buy from us. Aside from foodstuffs and Boeing products, how much stuff is being made in the US that other countries can’t buy more cheaply from outside the US?
As for cutting spending: I’ll believe it when I see it. The GOP has no credibility any more on “cutting government spending.”
You’re reading the CBS headline
“allowing the private sector to control the market with little government involvement”
But there's no skepticism that a guy who operated a string of pizza parlors will be able to run the massive American Economy???
Your attitude is a huge part of the problem.
The proper role of the president is NOT to "run the massive American Economy."
It is only to be the Chief Executive of one branch of the American government.
It should be left to the AMERICAN PEOPLE to "run the massive American Economy."
I totally agree. But to doubt Bachmann and give a pass to Cain because he ran a few Pizza joints is nonsensical.
We have to brutally vet EVERY SINGLE CANDIDATE, no matter what their skin color.
That's how we got into the mess we're in now. I see lots & lots of Freepers ascribing to Herman Cain the same Magical Powers we criticize the Dems for granting to Obama.
That’s nonsense. We like Cain because he is the best of the Conservative candidates, Cain, Bachmann and Santorum (and Gingrich if you will). (Perry is disqualified because of his stance on the illegals.)
Cain is simply the logical choice for conservatives among the people in the field right now.
If you can convince some other better conservative to jump in, by all means do.
Bachmann knows exactly what it is going to take legislatively, the goal that should be set.