Floyd and Mary Beth Brown

Some exciting developments in the Republican presidential race are being ignored by the media. We believe Americans will be excited when they understand the revolutionary nature of these candidate's proposals.

It all started with Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan. As Newt Gingrich said this week, "Herman should be congratulated for starting an important discussion." And he should.

But our hope comes from other excellent proposals by GOP candidates that are being neglected in the news media. Most of the plans would help, but three of the plans from different candidates if adopted together would supercharge the economy and put the private sector back to work.

First we love Governor Rick Perry's Flat tax proposal. His plan is a 17% flat rate on all income above $36,000. Below $36,000 all taxpayers would pay zero. The Perry plan will also eliminate taxes on personal savings and capital gains. Investments would be encouraged by this plan. It is fair and will take politics out of tax policy.

Next Congressman Ron Paul's balanced budget should be adopted by every campaign. It is brilliant. He has laid out just how we can balance the budget. He will eliminate agencies that provide no real value to Americans only special interests, end foreign aid, repeal reams of regulations, cut military spending by brings troops home to America, reduce the federal workforce, and freeze mandatory spending. Paul's cuts would amount to $1 trillion in immediate savings. The Federal budget would be completely balanced in three years.

Finally, Michele Bachmann has proposed cutting the cost of Washington's regulatory burden on the economy by trillions of dollars. A misunderstanding of the Reagan era is the belief that he only focused on tax cuts. This is simply untrue. Maybe of even greater importance was the thousands of pages of regulations repealed by the Reagan Administration. It is in the regulatory policy where you see the big difference between George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. Under Bush regulations exploded and business became more difficult because of this burden. Bachmann's ideas deserve to be implemented.

America's system of taxation is broken. In 1986, Ronald Reagan brokered an important revision of the tax code which dramatically lowered rates and launched a period of unprecedented growth and prosperity. The key to Reagan's success was lowering rates and eliminating politically motivated tax incentives and kickbacks that undermine fairness.

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown are both bestselling authors and speakers. In 1988, working from their kitchen table, they formed Citizens United.
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