Time for Truth Telling and Common Sense Solutions

Townhall.comTerry Paulson

Donald Trump may have left the presidential race, but his early, rapid rise in the polls should provide a lesson for the Republicans still vying to become the 2012 GOP standard-bearer. Americans have had enough and are looking for truth-tellers who aren’t afraid to rock the boat, even flip a few boats over to provide common-sense solutions to the challenges America faces! President Obama’s current deserved poll improvements as a result of the courageous military mission that killed Osama bin Laden won’t give him an advantage over any Republican candidate who would’ve surely done the same. With a weak economy, increasing inflation, anemic job growth, a spiraling deficit, and out-of-control gas prices, he remains vulnerable on domestic issues to any GOP candidate who has the courage to take a strong stand where it counts!

Had enough of our exploding national debt? Take a stand for a true debt ceiling! On May 16th, the United States officially hit the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, and nothing happened! Why? U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner began what he called a "debt issuance suspension period" delaying the need for raising the federal debt limit. How? He did it by borrowing money from two federal retirement funds to fill the federal coffers. He warned in a letter to key lawmakers that on August 2, 2011 “the Department of the Treasury predicts that the borrowing authority of the United States will be exhausted." Politicians and economic “experts” keep claiming that they loathe raising the debt ceiling while sharing dire warnings if they don’t. But it is clear that raising the debt ceiling remains a painful habit! Congress has raised the debt limit 78 times since 1960. Common sense lets you know that we can’t keep spending money we don’t have. We need a candidate who won’t cave to demands for spending as usual. It’s time for government to start living within its means like responsible taxpayers are forced to do!

Had enough of out-of-control entitlements? Take a stand to tackle the burgeoning unfunded mandates that promise to bankrupt America. With Medicare and Social Security seriously underfunded, the president’s Affordable Care Act takes $500 billion from Medicare to help fund a new, expensive entitlement. Businesses and labor groups are applying for waivers from the stifling costs and nearly half of the states are fighting implementation. While protecting vulnerable seniors and those close to retirement, we need a candidate who’ll take on entitlements—first, by rescinding the increasingly unpopular Obamacare, and ,second, by actually implementing practical reforms in Social Security and, most importantly, Medicare. More: http://townhall.com/columnists/terrypaulson/2011/05/23/time_for_truth_telling_and_common_sense_solutions/page/full/