Make America First Again
Per the RNC: America has always been an exceptional nation. Our Founding Fathers created a system of government that has protected our liberty, allowed American ingenuity to flourish, and lifted people out of poverty by creating the conditions for opportunity and prosperity. Unfortunately, years of bad policies and poor leadership have weakened our position in the world. Under a Trump administration, America will once again be a beacon of progress and opportunity.
Wednesday night’s schedule for the convention featured some of the leading Republicans attempting to bring the party together.
Business owner Michelle Van Etten attacked the current administration for making it hard for small business: “They’ve overtaxed us, over-regulated us, and they are killing the American Dream.” Casino owner Phil Ruffin spoke to Trump’s business sense saying, “As a result of his vision and hard work, he has put tens of thousands of our fellow Americans to work, created amazing spaces and places, and made money for himself, and his partners.”
Former Presidential candidates Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Newt Gingrich all were given speaking slots and all touched briefly on issues of economic freedom.
Eric Trump, Donald Trump’s third-oldest child, gave a speech about his father’s decision to run for office and why he would make a good chief executive. “It’s time for a president who can make America great again, ahead of budget, and ahead of schedule, too,” he said. “My father has revitalized run down neighborhoods, shaped skylines across the country, and turned dreams into reality his entire career. It’s what he does; it’s who he is.”
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was introduced by Speaker Paul Ryan and then sought to introduce himself to the nation. Pence pointed to his strong economic record in Indiana as proof he can help Trump revitalize the economy. He said, “Today we have fewer state employees than when I took office and businesses, large and small, have created nearly 150,000 net new jobs, and we have more Hoosiers going to work than ever before.”
Key Wednesday speakers that have strong small business records included:
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz
Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich
Indiana Governor & Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Mike Pence
See the full list of Wednesday’s speakers here.
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GOP Platform 2016
Highlights for Small Business Owners
At their convention in Cleveland, the Republican Party adopted a new platform for 2016. Below are some of the policies small business owners may be interested in.
- Taxes: the platform calls for tax reform and decreased tax rates.
- “The current tax code is rightly the object of both anger and mockery. Its length is exceeded only by its complexity. We must start anew.” – page 1
- Workplace freedom: Republicans oppose the current administration’s labor policies and support Right-to-Work laws.
- “We support the right of states to enact Right-to-Work laws and call for a national law to protect the economic liberty of the modern workforce.” – page 8
- Minimum Wage: the platform says that the minimum wage should not be set at the federal level.
- “Minimum wage is an issue that should be handled at the state and local level.” – page 8
- Administrative Law: the GOP wants Congress to approve major new regulations.
- “We call on Congress to begin reclaiming its constitutional powers from the bureaucratic state by requiring that major new federal regulations be approved by Congress before they can take effect, such as through the Regulation Freedom Amendment.” – page 10
- “We endorse Republican legislation, already passed by the House, to require approval by both houses of Congress for any rule or regulation that would impose significant costs on the American people.” – page 28
- Environmental Policies: the platform opposes the EPA’s Waters of the United State rule.
- “We must never allow federal agencies to seize control of state waters, watersheds, or groundwater. State waters, watersheds, and groundwater must be the purview of the sovereign states.” – page 18
- Energy Policies: Republicans say they will stop the Obama administration Clean Power Plan.
- “Its Clean Power Plan — the centerpiece of the President’s war on coal — has been stayed by the Supreme Court. We will do away with it altogether.” – page 19
- Healthcare: Republicans continue to advocate for repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare. The platform calls for a reduction in insurance mandates and giving power over health insurance back to states.
- “The Supreme Court upheld Obamacare based on Congress’ power to tax. It is time to repeal Obamacare and give America a much-needed tax cut.” – page 36
- “To simplify the system for both patients and providers, we will reduce mandates and enable insurers and providers of care to increase healthcare options and contain costs.” – page 36
- “We will return to the states their historic role of regulating local insurance markets, limit federal requirements on both private insurance and Medicaid, and call on state officials to reconsider the costly medical mandates, imposed under their own laws, that price millions of low-income families out of the insurance market.” – page 36
- Medical Malpractice Reform: the platform calls for tort reform to reduce the costs of medical lawsuits.
- “We support state and federal legislation to cap non-economic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits, thereby relieving conscientious providers of burdens that are not rightly theirs and addressing a serious cause of higher medical bills.” – page 37