Emmett Tyrrell

He would repeal Obamacare and give Medicaid block grants to the state. It costs less for Medicaid in Idaho than in New York City. He says he would take seriously an alternative health care proposal involving "premium support," after the health care proposal of Rep. Paul Ryan. He has promised to cut taxes -- a 20 percent across-the-board cut in marginal rates, an elimination of the death tax, an elimination of taxes on capital gains, interest and qualified dividends for those with an adjusted gross income of $200,000 or less, plus a cut of the corporate tax rate to 25 percent. What is more, he would repeal Dodd-Frank, amend Sarbanes-Oxley and initiate a review of all of President Barack Obama's nanny state regulations. That ought to get the economy revved up!

In foreign policy, he has promised in his first 100 days to reverse Obama's cuts in missile defense, modernize our Navy and reverse the decline in the aging inventories of the Air Force, Army and Marines. He would pressure Iran to stop building nuclear weapons and improve our relations in the Middle East, starting with Israel. He has promised to open America's energy reserves for development and prevent the overregulation of shale gas and extraction, helping to make America energy-independent. He has promised to amend the Clean Air Act, excluding carbon dioxide from its jurisdiction. Those are policies that all conservatives can applaud and independents, too.

So why is there any doubt that Romney is a conservative? He already has won broad segments of the conservative vote and the tea party movement. Soon he will win over large numbers of independents. America is facing a crisis in spending and overreach. I think Romney could meet the crisis and restore America to happy days.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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