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LeMieux turns to FDR for Senate campaign “freedoms”

by John Kennedy | October 12th, 2011

Republican U.S. Senate candidate George LeMieux rolled out a plan to fix the nation’s economy Wednesday — dubbing it his ‘four freedoms plan.”

The historic roots of the “four freedoms” concept goes back to Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt, who pledged to defend the constitution’s guaranteed freedoms of speech and worship, and freedom from fear and want.

LeMieux, engulfed in a tough, four-way GOP primary, is adding to the list the freedom to work, pursue the American dream, and safeguard freedom from foreign dependence and debt. Some of his proposals mirror those aired by Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann and others in the Republican presidential field.

“After faith and family, the most important thing a person can have is a job,” LeMieux said.

LeMieux’s approach would reduce federal spending to 2007 levels, which he said could help balance the budget within two years.

 He would slash the corporate tax rate by almost one-third, to 25 percent, while repealing the federal health care overhaul pushed by President Obama and tough federal banking regulations that he said are stifling lending.

LeMieux also said his deficit-reduction plan will take on Social Security and Medicare.

 Among the changes he would advance: gradually raising to age 69 the retirement age for those now under age 55 and impose so-called means testing that would reduce Social Security payments to wealthier retirees.

“We are losing jobs today because of our debt,” LeMieux said.

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5 Responses to “LeMieux turns to FDR for Senate campaign “freedoms””

  1. Dee Says:

    Another Republican who hates both America and Americans.

  2. melody Says:

    Social Security has nothing to do with our national debt! Politicians know how many are going to be on Social Security and Medicare so plan revenues to pay for those folks just like we would have to do with a “privatized” plan! Create more jobs with higher wages to support the population financial commitments! We need our USA jobs not cheap import products made in nations that contribute nothing but require our military for stability because of human rights and pollution abuses! Cut our defense budgets and military being used to stabilize Afghanistan and other religious warring nations so other nations such as China can extract or market and the deficit will drop more! Defend our Constitution but stop wasting our lives and taxes trying to spread it around the globe!

    MORE LIKELY RESULTS ARE A DRASTIC INCREASE IN “PRIVATE” RETIREMENT SAVINGS REDUCE SPENDING AND CREATE RAPID SPIRAL DOWN CONSUMPTION! WHY FATTEN FINANCIAL MARKETS WHILE STARVING CONSUMER MARKETS? THOSE PRODUCING CONSUMER PRODUCTS CONTINUE SEEKING CHEAPER PRODUCTION WHERE ONLY OPPRESSION AND POLLUTION ARE SOLUTION!

    Our nation should be smartened up to never again allow these financial schemers take “privatized” profits with “socialized” risks!

    Why is Medicare not self sustaining if changes were allowed? Because pharmaceutical companies wanted “socialized” markets with “privatized” profits in our nation?

    Raising the RETIREMENT AGE is narrow minded solution and just the same as FORCING many to “privatize” savings to enjoy a bit of life in retirement! Our nation needs more jobs to sustain the programs and not enslave some citizens to an investor class wanting a “privatized” profit with “socialized” risks or worse yet enslave other peoples in nations that allow human rights and environmental abuses!

  3. melody Says:

    These republican lawyers in politics are stupid if you ask me! How about a topic or survey on stupidity of lawyers as politicians? Did any of them ever take any economics courses or those STEM courses Gov. Scott claims are only education options the state should fund! Well maybe the only politicians the state should allow are those with STEM based college degrees before they get on the public gravy train of politics!

    HOW ARE WE LOSING JOBS BECAUSE OF OUR DEBT?

    Since this politician lawyer’s plan is to attack Social Security and Medicare he must think our USA workers and USA elderly are the basic problems and reason we are losing jobs! Even though the known statistical facts are that our jobs were off shored to places such as China all the last decade while corporate and wealthy were receiving historically high tax breaks and income increases!

    Get this politician lawyer back to the microphone and have him explain exactly what is wrong with USA workers and USA elderly that he choose to attack them and programs to support them as causes of national debt? Then have him explain how that debt is not totally unrelated to job loss and more related to legislative and trade regulations that favor off shore producers of cheap and toxic products!

  4. AK Says:

    What scares me about LeMeiux is his listing of faith as first in his list of freedoms. Republicans seems to be trying to sidestep the Constitution in keeping politics and religion separate.

    Everyone shuld know about the trillions of dollars the US Government helped themselves to by raiding Social Security funds. Perhaps it wouldn’t be such a big issue if they the money back.

    Cutting corporate taxes in a time like this would be a disaster. There is no trickle down theory there.

    Regarding banking, Republicans set in motion this recession by repealing the Glass-Steagall Act,which separated commercial from investment banking. Nothing is being done to remedy this and Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac are still out of control.

    Just another same ol, same ol from a Republican candidate. They are al goig in the wrong direction and should be voted out from office.

  5. melody Says:

    It seems we are losing jobs today because of republican governors and the failure of the “do nothing” Congress to correct the mortgage credit default swap schemes effects on the housing market! How dare this politician in the “do nothing” Congress crew blocking all attempts at reasonable compromise of anything claim it is religions and we USA workers and elderly at fault and now must face harsh reforms for the corporate greed that brought down the economy!

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