Transcript: Republican National Convention platform statement on economy, jobs & debt
Edited by Jenny Jiang
Transcript of Republican National Convention platform statement by Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, Inc. and Co-Chair of the RNC Subcommittee on Economy, Jobs and Debt, on Aug. 20, 2012:
“In our subcommittee, we had a very open and positive discussion and exchange of ideas relating to the economy, job creation and the debt, and the policies we should pursue as Republicans – not the tactics but the policies – to get our nation back on the path of growth and prosperity.
“We acknowledge in our section of the platform the role of economic freedom and securing individual liberty and creating prosperity as well as the economy’s role in creating military strengths so critical to our national security.
“We acknowledge that it is the private sector that creates jobs and economic growth and that the government’s role is limited and supportive, not controlling.
“The best way to boost economic growth is to pursue free market policies as the last four years have clearly shown that the government directing the economy does not work.
“We call for:
“1. A simpler, transparent, flatter, and fairer tax system;
“2. A reigning in of government spending and regulations that strangle business, both large and small.
“3. Aggressive promotion of open markets for American products and an even playing field for all nations with whom we engage in trade;
“4. A federal-state partnership to invest in our nation’s infrastructure and to ensure that infrastructure dollars are actually spent on infrastructure;
“5. An overhaul of federal training programs to make them relevant to a 21st century workplace;
“6. And we support right to work laws at both the state and federal level, although I seem to be still getting emails on that subject.
“Small businesses and entrepreneurs create 90% of the jobs in this great nation. We call for cooperation between the President and Congress to create a positive certainty and the predictability potential employers need to create jobs that our economy so desperately needs.
“We acknowledge that our massive federal government is structurally and financially broken.
“We call for reduced spending, a balanced budget, and sound monetary policy as a means to fix it.
“Now to conclude, as Rep. [Marsha] Blackburn stated earlier today, we are the great opportunity party. So we pledge to workers without jobs, to families without savings, and to neighborhood without hope that together we can get our nation back on track and fulfill the promise of a better life and a brighter future because as a people, we built this nation. We built the roads and the bridges. We built and created the businesses and the products, and we built our homes and our families. The government didn’t do that; we did.
“And because we built it and because we understand where wealth and prosperity come from, President [Mitt] Romney and Vice President [Paul] Ryan with a Republican Congress will revitalize this nation and bring it back better and stronger and more prosperous than it has ever been. That’s the message of the proposed platform section on the economy, job creation, and the debt.
“It was an honor to work on it, and we submit it to the full committee for your consideration.
“Thank you, Mr. Chairman.”