During three and a half abysmal years of economic stagnation under this current administration, the foot soldiers in the fight for prosperity have been our Republican Governors. They have consistently fought back against the growth of government imposed by President Obama and stood in stark contrast to his failed record of job creation. This is why I am very pleased to see that many of these people will be headlining our convention in Tampa.
There are almost too many to talk about. From all corners of the country, they have passed reforms that reduce onerous regulation and lift the tax burden on job creators. They have protected our right to keep and bear arms and ensured swift justice is enforced on those who violate our laws. Most importantly, they have fought back against a radical President who does not respect innocent life and forces people of faith to violate their personal convictions.
Whether it is Governor Christie in New Jersey, who has vehemently challenged public unions or Governor McDonnell in Virginia who has turned a deficit into a surplus without raising taxes, these individuals are showing how the Republican Party solves problems at a state level with real solutions.
The same can be said for my two favorite southern Governors. In Louisiana, Governor Jindal has made great progress in reforming the state’s education system and has also passed a law for the chemical castration of sex offenders. Across the border in Texas, Governor Perry has passed medical malpractice reform and created 40 percent of all the new jobs in the US since 2009. It clearly shows that job creation isn’t some mystical concept beyond human understanding; it is the work of a low tax and regulatory environment that allows individuals to freely pursue their dreams.
Our hero of the year, Governor Scott Walker, did what needs to be done in every Northeast state in the country. By protecting middle class taxpayers with his Wisconsin budget repair bill, he ensured that state government will be limited and showed that the majority of voters understand how toxic public unions are to economic growth and prosperity. I personally feel that Governor Walker’s victory in the recall election was one of the most significant victories for our Party in recent history.
I also have to mention Governor Martinez, Governor Scott, Governor Haley, and Governor Kasich who are all shining examples of competent leadership and free market solutions. I am extremely proud to have all of these individuals leading our states and we should be sharing their examples of what is possible when the people, not government, are in charge of their destinies.
Our Governors demonstrate the most basic principle of the Republican Party – that our problems can best be solved at the state level with strong conservative leadership. This is a winning message for our country, and a strategy that is faithfully executed everyday by America’s Republican Governors.