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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