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Jim Gilmore on Government Reform

Senate challenger 2008; previously Republican Governor (VA)

 


Government regulation dramatically deters investment

Government policies are the root cause of the problem. These policies, to borrow Friedrich Hayek's term, have "put America on a new road to serfdom." There are three basic areas that need to be discussed.
  1. The permanent loss of traditional growth has cost families money.
  2. The certain repeal of the "Bush" tax cuts promises less income.
  3. Government regulation costs dramatically deter investment because of their loss from expendable income at all levels, both personal and industrial.
In other words, in the many instances where government funds or government borrowing are necessary to enable a project, large sums of this money are not for the project itself, but rather for government's regulation of said project.
Source: The Growth Code, by Jim Gilmore and Free Congress Foundation , Nov 4, 2011

Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors.

Gilmore adopted the National Governors Association position paper:

The Issue

In the wake of the United States presidential election in Florida, the Congress and the administration has expressed interest in federal standards for elections. Recognizing that Articles I and II of the United States Constitution grants states, not Congress, the authority to determine the manner of selecting presidential electors and conducting elections generally, most legislative proposals do not mandate federal standards. Rather, current proposals direct federal agencies or commissions to study and make recommendations concerning the election system. Nonetheless, the possibility of legislation in the 107th Congress requiring states to implement federal election standards remains. If enacted without adequate funding by the federal government, such legislation could also result in an unfunded mandate to the states.

NGAís Position

Articles I and II of the United States Constitution grant states the authority to determine the manner of selecting presidential electors and provide that states are responsible for establishing election procedures generally. However, in the wake of the 2000 presidential election, the nationís Governors recognize the need for election reform. NGA will continue to monitor federal legislation addressing this issue, but has not taken a position in support of or opposition to election reform efforts.
Source: National Governors Association "Issues / Positions" 01-NGA11 on Aug 1, 2001

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