In Texas, the loser now will pay. Last Monday, Governor Rick Perry signed tort reform legislation that forces the loser to pay the legal fees if a lawsuit is brought that is judged to be groundless. That’s a big step that will protect many small businesses and individuals from the legal fees associated with defending themselves against spurious lawsuits. Texas was already the nation’s leader in tort reform and, not coincidentally, in job creation. Watch as more businesses take their operations to the Lone Star State. Stephen DeMaura has more on National Review Online. If Governor Rick Perry decides to enter the race for president, Americans will be choosing between Perry, a proven reformer and the governor of a state who has created more jobs under his administration than any other, or President Obama, the father of the Obamacare legislation, tax raiser and deficit grower.
But any credible candidate for president will have to read Pat Buchanan’s recent article, What Must We Defend? Pat makes the case, and rightly so, that the U.S. must withdraw from Europe, South Korea and elsewhere in the world where its military is deployed unnecessarily. The U.S. must end its subsidization of allies’ defenses.
In Florida, another governor is acting to protect his state’s taxpayers from profligate spending. Governor Rick Scott has signed into law a bill that will allow the state to test welfare recipients for drug use. The state’s taxpayers should not be subsidizing their fellow citizens’ drug use, and, with over 113,000 welfare recipients in Florida, there are bound to be a few that fail the tests.
More truth from Congressman Ron Paul:
A recent article by Dorothy Rabinowitz unfortunately did a good job in proving that any GOP candidate who wishes to be successful will have to speak to the most fundamental issue facing many Americans today–jobs. Ms. Rabinowitz doesn’t make any suggestions about solutions for job creation in her piece, but she does accurately pinpoint employment as the fundamental issue of 2012 election. Ms. Rabinowitz hits GOP candidates hard on their urge to cut spending, saying, “The Republican who wants to win would avoid talk of the costs that our spendthrift ways, particularly benefits like Social Security, are supposedly heaping on future generations.” The successful candidate will address both issues by showing Americans how a conservative approach can be successful at lowering taxes, balancing budgets, and creating jobs through legislation like national right to work, tort reform, and an end to the corporate tax. All of these reforms are on best display in Texas, where Governor Rick Perry has done an outstanding job of building an economy that has created jobs and kept taxes low.