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.