Transcript: Republican National Convention platform statement on government reform
Edited by Jenny Jiang
Transcript of Republican National Convention platform statement by Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, Co-Chair of the Subcommittee on Government Reform, on Aug. 21, 2012:
“…We are the party of reform. The party that understands that the federal government has become bloated, antiquated and unresponsive.
“As such, we recognize that government reform requires constant vigilance and effort because we understand that left to its own devices, government would continue to expand both in size and scope.
“It is with that challenge in mind that the government reform subcommittee has outlined a comprehensive true reform agenda, which includes a fiscally responsible solution to save Medicare for our senior citizens.
“One that I’m particularly interested in as a state official – block granting of Medicaid to the states.
“We suggest common sense steps for the security of retirement funds.
“We outline meaningful regulatory reform.
“We suggest a check on government interference with the innovation engine that is known as the Internet and call for an environment of growth for the Internet to thrive.
“We reject any corporate entity that is ‘too big to fail’ and call for a financial services system that does not allow for taxpayer bailouts of entities like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
“We call for the appointment of constitutional jurists – judges who understand that it is their duty to interpret the law, not to create the law from the bench.
“We challenge the United States Postal Service to modernize and improve.
“We call for the reform and privatization of the Transportation Security Administration.
“We call for a strong immigration policy that respects the rule of law.
“We recognize and wish to enhance the special relationship that our government has with American Indians.
“We challenge our nation’s capital city, the District of Columbia, to strike out on a true path of reform.
“We recognize that the 130 year old civil service system needs to be modernized and brought into the 20th [sic] century.
“We re-commit ourselves to the exploration of space.
“And we call for the re-strengthening of ties and note the military sacrifice of our brothers and sisters in the U.S. territories.”
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