Terry Paulson
Unearthing some politically incorrect statement by President Reagan, the media would charge, "You did this didn't you?" Reagan's reply: "Damn right, and I'd do it again!" Mitt Romney could do the same--"Game On, Mr. President!"

You've criticized President Obama's economic policies, but you offer few specifics on what you'd do to turn this economy around?

Politicians don't turn around economies--entrepreneurs, investors, and workers do. It's time to unleash the free-enterprise investments and innovations that will lead to renewed economic vitality. What will I do? I'm going to start by undoing what this administration has done to handcuff and stifle America's economy. I will actually cut unnecessary spending and regulations, repeal Obamacare, make the Bush tax cuts permanent, lower the capital gains tax, and reward the entrepreneurs and workers who are willing to work their tails off to bring our economy back.

President Obama says you are taking us back to the failed policies of the past. Are you...?

It's his "hope and change" that's failed! I'm returning America to the core principles of freedom, free enterprise and economic opportunity that have made this country the envy of the world. In Texas, they'd say he's all hat and no cattle. He promised unemployment wouldn't go above 8%, and he'd pay off the deficit in his first term. Unemployment hasn't been below 8%, the deficit has exploded, and we have the most anemic recovery in decades. Let him keep his "hope and change." "We the People" are ready to return to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

President Obama wants to give a tax cut to 98% of Americans while making sure the rich pay their fair share. Why protect the wealthy at the expense of working Americans?

Let's be clear, for the first time in our history 49% of Americans pay NO income tax. The top 1% make 17% of the income and pay 37% of the income taxes! These are the hard-working, hard-driving Americans who run companies and hire workers. President Obama's policies punish success and reward dependence. It's time we return to rewarding achievement and letting people take more responsibility for their own failures. No more "too big to fail!" It's time to help more Americans become rich and to reap their rewards when they do!

What makes you think you'd be a better leader?

The President is no leader; he's a perpetual campaigner! Herman Cain said it best: “He couldn't run one Godfather’s Pizza restaurant. He’s not decisive, he dithers. He has a structure that doesn’t work. He’s inconsistent, and he’s broken a lot of promises." Besides, for Obama, only the rich would pay, and they'd soon find another place to eat! He has the least administrative experience of any President ever elected. From running our national Olympic team to turning around struggling companies, I've made the tough decisions and inspired achievement. In the White House, I'll walk the talk and lead.

How can the average American relate to someone as rich as you?

True Americans respect citizens who've earned their success, because they want to do the same. This is the country of the American Dream. The ones who don't believe that won't even try. The achievers and new immigrants take advantage of our freedoms and opportunity. Instead of punishing achievement, I'll positively gossip about the Americans who are making America work and what we can learn from them. I'll measure my success not by how many are receiving aid, but by how many no longer need government support.

The President wants more stimulus funds to get more Americans working. What do you...?

Stop! We need fewer, not more government workers! Where does the money come from to hire government workers and invest in failing companies like Solyndra? It comes from your pocket in the form of higher taxes. I want you to keep more of your money so that the companies who provide the services and products you want will prosper. President Obama believes government knows best; I believe American citizens do. It's time to get government out of your wallet and out of micromanaging our economy.

But what about President Obama's many accomplishments?

Accomplishments? Hearing him talk, you'd think America is working again. Are you better off? My job is to bring a spotlight to his administration's dismal record. He talks transparency, but we'll deliver it whether he likes it or not. I want your vote. I'll earn your respect as President when I get America believing in itself again. Join me in inventing a future we can again be proud of.


Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

 
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