Few candidates are willing to admit to similar views about the Constitution. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a libertarian, has called for the Supreme Court to repeal much of the modern regulatory state, but even he said during the debate that programs like Medicare and Social Security are legitimate tasks for the federal government to undertake. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has claimed that the federal Department of Education is unconstitutional, but he's also likened lawmakers who want to cut Social Security benefits to robbers and muggers.
Why are the pharmaceutical companies consolidating? Why are there 5 even bigger Wall Street banks now instead of the 10 we used to have? Because when government gets big and powerful, the big feel like they need to get even bigger to deal with all that power. And meanwhile, the small & the powerless go out of business.
This is how socialism starts. Government causes a problem and then government steps in to solve the problem. This is why, fundamentally, we have to take our government back.
And, meanwhile, small businesses are getting crushed. Big government favors the big, the powerful, and the well-connected and crushes the small and the powerless. It's why we have to reduce the size and power of government--to level the playing field between big and powerful and small and powerless
Fiorina appears to be citing Small Business Administration statistics on the number of small business "deaths" in 2011. This was at least four years before ObamaCare's mandate on employers took effect. ObamaCare does not apply to small businesses with fewer than 50 full-time employees. The SBA defines small businesses as those with fewer than 500 workers. Certainly, some small businesses subject to health reform are straining to adhere to the rules. The National Federation of Independent Businesses is a strong critic of ObamaCare, saying the mandate is hurting their members and not lowering their cost of providing health insurance.
But there's no indication that ObamaCare is costing jobs. Few employers subject to the mandate report changing their staffing or hiring because of ObamaCare, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research & Education Trust survey.
CRUZ: Well, we've got to turn the economy around for people who are struggling. The Democrats' answer to everything is more government control over wages and more empowering trial lawyers to file lawsuits. Under Barack Obama, 3.7 million women have entered poverty, and the median wage for women has dropped $733.
FIORINA: 92% of the jobs lost during Barack Obama's first term, belonged to women. I am a conservative because I know our values, our principles, and our policies lift everyone up, men and women.
A: No, the Federal Government should not play a larger role. Every time the Federal Government gets engaged in something it gets worse. And then the Government steps in to try and solve the problem and we get a little further down to that progressive vision that Hillary Clinton is talking about.
FIORINA: How long have we been talking about tax reform in Washington? For decades. We now have a 73,000-page tax code. There have been more than 4,000 changes to the tax plan since 2001 alone. There are loads of great ideas, great conservative ideas from wonderful think tanks about how to reform the tax code. The problem is, we never get it done. We need a leader in Washington who understands how to get something done. Not to talk about it, not to propose it, to get it done.
Q: You want to bring the 70,000 pages to 3?
FIORINA: That's right. Three pages. You know why three? Because only if it's about 3 pages are you leveling the playing field between the big, the powerful, the wealthy, and the well-connected who can hire the armies of lawyers and accountants and lobbyists to help them navigate their way through 73,000 pages. Three pages is about the maximum that a single business owner or a farmer or just a couple can understand without hiring somebody.
FIORINA: Government trying to level the playing field between internet and brick-and-mortar creates a problem. The FCC jumping in now and saying we're going to put 400 pages of regulation over the internet is going to create massive problems. But guess who pushed for that regulation? The big internet companies. This is what is going on: the big and powerful [companies] use big and powerful government to their advantage. It's why you see Walgreens buying Rite Aid. It's why you see the pharmaceuticals getting together; it's why you see the health insurance companies getting together; it's why you see the banks consolidating.
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