Guest Author - Linda Sue Grimes
Former New York City mayor, Rudy Giuliani lists 12 commitments to the American people that his campaign will emphasize and that his administration will carry through. The following summarizes each commitment:
1. Keep America on offense in the War on Terror.
2. End illegal immigration.
3. Restore fiscal discipline.
4. Cut taxes, reform the tax code.
5. Impose accountability on government.
6. Lead America to energy independence.
7. Give Americans improved health care with free-market solutions.
8. Increase adoptions, decrease abortions.
9. Reform the legal system and appoint strict constructionist judges.
10. Ensure every community’s preparation against terrorism and natural disasters.
11. Provide access to a quality education to every child through real school choice.
12. Expand global economy and strengthen our reputation around the world.
Iraq and Winning the War on Terror
Giuliani believes that “Building an accountable Iraq will assist in reducing the threat of terrorism.” When asked a question by an audience member that implied that our military was making no progress in Iraq, Rudy Giuliani countered by listing all of the major achievements that had been accomplished at the time: deposing Saddam Hussein, a major supporter of terrorism, influencing Libya’s Kaddafi to give up nuclear capability, and helping contain the terror threat in Iraq and Afghanistan, and many others. Giuliani understands the threat of terror, and he knows what to do to fight it.
Giuliani wants to bring accountability to the government, especially in government spending. He has laid out a detailed plan that includes the following: “Stop irresponsible and anonymous earmarks. Require mandatory sunset clauses for all Federal programs. Require Congressional Budget Office cost estimates for all legislation before it is voted upon. Create separate capital and operating budgets. Bring generally accepted accounting principles to the Federal government.”
The mayor insists that he will appoint only “strict constructionist” judges in the mold of Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, John Roberts, and Sam Alito. He emphasizes that the threat to democracy and individual freedom is severe when judges make the law instead of interpreting the law.
Giuliani wants to give the widest possible array of choices to parents in deciding the proper school their children should attend. He emphasizes the importance of parents in this decision. He believes strongly that instead of a government bureaucrat making educational choice for children, those choices should remain in the hands of the people who know them best and who love them most—their parents.
Giuliani believes that “marriage” is between one man and one woman. He “supports domestic partnerships that provide stability for committed partners in important legal and personal matters.” But he believes that the sanctity of marriage should be reserved, as it has traditionally been, for a man and a woman.
For further information:
Rudy’s 12 Commitments
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