Jon Huntsman Op-Ed in the Washington Post

One month after returning to the United States from his post in China Jon Huntsman has begun to state a case for his vision for America.  So far he has limited his engagements to meet and greets, power lunches and university commencements and has not discussed the issues defining the early stages of the 2012 election.  In today’s Washington Post Jon Huntsman, in a well written Op-Ed, has begun to take on the issues of Medicare, the Ryan plan, the debt ceiling, the tax code, and more.

In this passage Huntsman expresses his admiration of the Ryan plan as the only “plan” being offered at this time. He also breaks from the standard GOP line of refusing to raise the debt ceiling, calling for it to be raised this summer.

The debt ceiling must be raised this summer to cover the government’s massive borrowing, and we must make reductions in government spending a condition for increasing the debt ceiling. This will provide responsible leaders the opportunity to reduce, reform, and in some cases end government programs—including some popular but unaffordable subsidies for agriculture and energy—in order to save the trillions, not billions, necessary to make possible a future as bright as our past. It also means reforming entitlement programs that won’t deliver promised benefits to retirees without changes that take account of the inescapable reality that we have too few workers supporting too many retirees.

I admire Congressman Paul Ryan’s honest attempt to save Medicare. Those who disagree with his approach incur a moral responsibility to propose reforms that would ensure Medicare’s ability to meet its responsibilities to retirees without imposing an unaffordable tax burden on future generations of Americans.

These aren’t easy choices, and we must make them at a time of anemic economic growth and very high unemployment. That’s why we must also make sweeping reforms of our tax code, regulatory policies and other government policies to improve our productivity, competitiveness and job creation.

The United States has the second-highest corporate tax rate in the world. We are losing out to countries that make it more attractive for businesses to invest there. Our tax code should encourage American businesses to invest and add new jobs here. We need a tax code that substitutes flatter and lower rates for the bewildering and often counterproductive array of deductions and loopholes, and that provides incentives to encourage savings, investment and growth.

Please take a few minutes and read the entire article. Huntsman comes across as the rational conservative leaning politician that we knew he was (tax code reform, support of Ryan plan, Medicare reform, encouraging business growth), without succumbing to the hysteria of the far right. This is surely a good sign that he is serious about a Presidential run.

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4 Responses to Jon Huntsman Op-Ed in the Washington Post

  1. Montana says:

    You know what this current crowd of GOP liars want is to turn the United Sates into China, where only a few giant corporations run things, they own the factories, that apartments, the grocery stores, the gas stations, the newspaper and magazine publications, the radio stations, the television stations and you pay them and they get all the benefits, and if you do not like it go jump off cliff. Well some Chinese workers seeing that as individuals that they cannot progress have done just that by committing suicide. The current crowd of GOP liars want to abolish Medicare from the elderly, they want to abolish a woman’s right to choose and have control over her own body, they want to abolish collective bargaining rights, and on top of it all they want to blame the poor, the middle class and the public sector workers for a recession that the GOP created, while their beloved “Fat cats” continue to pay themselves exorbitant salaries, bonuses, fringe benefits. Yes this is the GOP “Radical Right-Wing Social Engineering” that they dream about. The win in New York was the beginning but the next will be Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and later the other states of our nation.

    • Gripweed says:

      You know, they are doing amazing things in the field mental health these days.

      Honestly, you should read your own comments. That kind of blatant scaremongering doesn’t help discourse. But discourse is probably not what you want. Your mind is made up. You = good. Them = evil. I get it. The right has people that do that too. Maybe you should get together with them and have a Fresca. I think you have a lot more in common with them than you think.

      If you really think that what is at the heart of those who disagree with you is evil, then that really says a lot about your grasp of the issues, and says even more about what’s in your own heart. The right is not trying to control or kill you, despite what you’ve been told in whatever online misery pit you use to get your news (again, the right has their own version of those). I know that is difficult to accept, but it’s true.

      But you’ve really got those talking points down pat. My only regret is that you weren’t able to work the Koch brothers in there somewhere. Meanwhile there are real problems to be solved and no one side has all the answers (not even yours). If I ever need to take a simplistic, one-sided view of the problems facing the country I promise I’ll look up your comment first.

  2. Montana says:

    Run, Sarah run. Sarah Palin was so successful as a governor, she graduated early “Bitter Quitter”, she real is a “Dan Quayle” in heels. She clearly loves “dishing it out” but real can’t take it because she loves playing the victim card. Poor thing she fail as a VP candidate (her lie that her daughter was engaged was such a farce), her stand-up comic fiasco on the Jay Leno Show, please, her TV show canceled after declining rating, I guess her perpetual run for the White House is the only thing she can look forward to, but since she is a coward she will only throw small minded rocks, poor thing. Since we already had an idiot “W” that caused our current economic debacle, America knows not to trust the GOP fools who flaunt the idiocy.

    • Drae says:

      Do you think you’re going to get either of us to defend Sarah Palin? Don’t hold your breath. And if you think the GOP is going to support her and she’ll win the nomination – you’re going to be highly disappointed.

      And as for the current economic debacle you speak of, perhaps you should learn a little more at school about history. The conditions that have led to this economic meltdown have been building for decades, Kiddo. Both parties are to blame and your one sided view of everything merely displays your partisan nature to all who read this blog. We’re not impressed.

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