Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Dick Armey, FreedomWorks Op-Ed Featured in Wall Street Journal; Former House Majority Leader Calls for GOP to Return to Core Principles

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Wall Street Journal today published an op-ed by Dick Armey, the former U.S. House Majority Leader and current chairman of FreedomWorks. The piece captures the frustration currently felt by the conservative base, and offers a program for restoring governance by focusing on a return to core limited government principles. FreedomWorks is a grassroots advocacy organization with over 700,000 members nationwide.
Excerpts from "It's My Party..." by Dick Armey:
"Our base rightly expects Republicans to govern by the principles -- lower taxes, less government and more freedom -- that got them elected. Today, with Republicans controlling both the legislative and executive branches of the federal government, there is a widening credibility gap between their political rhetoric and their public policies."
"To succeed in the future, the Republican Party must get back to basics. We need, in effect, another Republican takeover of Congress, reaffirming a commitment to less government, lower taxes and more freedom. As in 1994, this revolution will be driven by the young Turks of the party -- the brave backbenchers more inspired by Reagan than the possibility of a glowing editorial on the pages of the New York Times. Indeed, this is already happening."
"(T)he Republican Congress must reestablish its credibility as the party of spending restraint and fiscal responsibility. Likewise, the Republican Congress must make the most important elements of the Bush tax cuts permanent, particularly repeal of the death tax, lower income tax rates and dividend tax relief. These proposals deserve substantial credit for the current strength of the American economy. Success would represent real steps toward our ultimate goal of tax reform and a simple, fair and flat income tax."
"None of this will be easy. The good news for Republicans willing to do this heavy lifting is that the "ideas" of the left are bankrupt. Notice that the brightest liberal politicians, like Hillary Clinton, always move toward our policy ground as they prepare to run for national office."
For the full story, please pick up today's Wall Street Journal. To schedule an interview with Dick Armey, please call Chris Kinnan at 202-236-5615.
/© 2005 U.S. Newswire 202-347-2770/


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