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George Allen worked with the GOP and Democrats to enact an ambitious agenda.
RICHMOND--Virginia voters will soon momentously decide the trajectory of our country.
Like many Virginians, I hope this election will be remembered as the point when America changed the course of history--turning toward a bright future of growth and prosperity and away from dismal days of diminished opportunity and unprecedented dangerous deficit spending. During my travels, I have listened to hardworking men and women who want to see change in Washington. Families are dismayed by gridlock that has prevented Washington from solving the problems it has created.
Today, 23 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed. Thirty percent of our young people graduating from college are moving back home and nearly half are unable to find a job that fully utilizes their skills, talent, or education. Families struggle to afford gasoline that has doubled in price over the past four years. Parents are worrying for the first time if
We also face the threat of "sequestration"--automatic cuts due to Washington's failed debt deal last summer. Our military faces an additional $500 billion in disproportionate cuts to national defense--cuts projected to cost Virginians hundreds of thousands of jobs.
These are serious challenges and they are the reason Susan and I are working to bring Virginia values to Washington. Like you, we believe in this country; that with hard work, personal responsibility, innovative thinking, and compassion for our fellow Americans, we will begin to ascend again.
Susan and I got off the sidelines and into the fight for this pivotal Senate seat because we firmly believe that Washington can change and that the fight for America's future is ours to win.
We can have a government that is efficient, effective, and accountable. One that focuses on its core constitutional responsibility of national defense and keeps its promised to veterans and their families for the benefits they have earned.
My own experience is proof that we can achieve remarkable improvements when we are determined to solve problems together. When I was elected to serve as Virginia's governor, we had an ambitious agenda and a Democratic-controlled General Assembly. Many "experts" said there was no way Republicans and Democrats would set aside political differences for the greater good to keep the promises I made. But we did it.
In four years, we cut taxes by $600 million, eliminated or reformed 70 percent of regulations, and cut the size of state government. We made neighborhoods safer by abolishing parole, establishing truth in sentencing, and instituting juvenile justice reform. We improved school performance with measurements and made college more affordable by freezing tuition. We attracted new business investment and created the environment for more than 300,000 net new private-sector jobs.
We confounded the naysayers by reforming a welfare system that had provided few opportunities for work and deprived thousands of children of resources or positive example they needed. Working with my bipartisan Empowerment Commission, we designed and achieved historic welfare reform that has successfully cut Virginia's welfare rolls in half, saved hundreds of millions of dollars, and helped thousands of people achieve independence and have the dignity of a job.
EXAMPLE FOR THE NATION
Our willingness to work together for a better future is what Americans are looking for today. That is why it's important to bring Virginia values to Washington.
Building on our experience of getting things done in Richmond, I have put forward my Blueprint for America's Comeback--a pro-jobs growth plan of action to reinvigorate the entrepreneurial spirit of our country. The blueprint includes the following commonsense priorities:
We need to empower--not burden--America's job creators. We need comprehensive tax reform, closing loopholes for a more simple, fair, and competitive tax system. By reducing the tax on businesses from 35 percent to 20 percent, more than 500,000 new jobs will be created annually. We must protect job creators from unnecessary, over-burdensome regulations imposed by unelected, unaccountable political appointees. Any regulation that would cost our economy more than $100 million should be voted on by elected representatives in Congress.
We must unleash America's plentiful energy resources, from our coalfields to our coast. We are blessed with the most energy resources in the world. If hired by the people of Virginia, on my first day I will introduce legislation to allow Virginia to explore for oil and natural gas off our coast and then use the hundreds of millions of dollars earned
If America's energy resources are utilized from Virginia to the Gulf and from the Appalachians to the North Slope of Alaska, the result would be creation of hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs with more affordable fuel, food, products, and electricity. Americans could enjoy a manufacturing renaissance and our country would be less vulnerable to hostile regimes, keep our money in the U.S., and the federal government could receive more than $1 trillion in revenues without raising taxes.
We must rein in our overreaching, overspending federal government. I have long advocated for commonsense reforms that will force Washington to balance its books just as families, businesses, and states do every day. We need to add a balanced-budget amendment and presidential authority for a line-item veto to the Constitution--and we should withhold members of Congress' pay if budgets/appropriation bills are not passed on time. Under Harry Reid's reign, the Senate has failed to pass a budget in more than three years. It's time to get back to basics:
We need to make sure Washington stops the devastating cuts facing our military--without raising taxes that would impose even more job losses in this fragile economy. The first place to stop more than a trillion in spending and a trillion in new taxes is to repeal and replace Obamacare.
We can come together and agree on positive solutions. With your support, we will do it in Washington. I respectfully ask for your vote so that together we can bring Virginia values, ideas, and reforms to Washington and build a better future.
Nov. 6 is our generation's rendezvous with destiny. Please stand for freedom and the opportunity for every American to succeed.
George Allen is a former governor of Virginia and U.S. Senator. He is the GOP candidate in Virginia for the U.S. Senate.