Bill Simon, Jr.

Rudy Giuliani recently presented his 12 Commitments to the American People. Simply put, it’s his vision for America. And as he explained, his 12 Commitments are intended to lift our vision from the rear view mirror to the road ahead. It set the stage for one of the most significant contrasts of governing priorities in recent political history. I am proud to be a member of his team.

The leading Democratic candidates for President appear committed to the failed policies of the past. More than once they’ve called for higher taxes to solve America’s problems, and I trust they’ll do everything they can to deliver on that promise. But we don’t need the tax and spend philosophy of big government Democrats. We don’t need more non-binding agreements. And we certainly don’t need to tell our enemies our military plans in the Middle East. What we need are solutions, and the Democrats aren’t offering any.

Rudy Giuliani’s 12 Commitments to the American People offer solutions. They also contain accountability measures for the Federal government and fiscally conservative principles to restrain government spending. And Rudy has the track record of strong, proven leadership to accomplish these tasks.

Mayor Giuliani sees the challenges of today clearly and his 12 Commitments are designed to hand our nation over to the next generation far better than it was handed to us.

First and foremost, Giuliani will keep our nation on offense in the terrorists’ war on us. Since September 11th, we have been fortunate to have stopped further terrorist attacks on American soil. If we are going to keep America safe, we must be realistic about what’s needed to win the battle against the Islamic terrorists who wish to destroy our way of life.

Preventing future terrorist attacks includes securing our borders and ending illegal immigration. Three of the six terrorists recently thwarted at Fort Dix were in the United States on expired visas. To ensure we successfully stop such attempts in the future, it is paramount that we know who is in our country, when they are arriving, why they are here, and when they are leaving.

It is clear that energy independence is no longer simply an economic or environmental concern. It is a national security issue as well. It is simply unacceptable that we are financing our enemies around the world. Reducing our dependence on foreign oil must be viewed as a necessity. It is a challenge we can meet through diversification, ample innovation and conservation.

Bill Simon, Jr.

Bill Simon, Jr. is co-chairman of William E. Simon and Sons, LLC, an investment firm. He was the 2001 Republican gubernatorial nominee in California. Early in his career, Simon worked as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York with Mayor Giuliani, who was then the United States Attorney for the Southern District.

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