On June 21st former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman declared that he was seeking the GOP nomination for 2012 Presidential elections. There is a growing discontent with White House’s policies that have drained American resources, decimated job prospects at home, while enabling Asia, particularly China to become the leading economic rival to challenge US leadership in world affairs.
On the surface Huntsman seems to have an impressive resume. During his years as Chief Executive of Utah his approval ratings were strong. Utah’s economy was sailing smoothly, its fiscal health was consistently in top 3 among 50 States, and Utah families were earning a living wage. His family fortune is in billions much of which has been donated to noble causes such as cancer research.
However, Utah was already a well oiled machine before Huntsman took over as Governor. Huntsman did not inherit a State in deep crises, fiscal insolvency, depressed wages, mass unemployment, falling birth rates and rising crime. That is where America is today. No one knows if Huntsman is fit for crisis leadership.
Jon Huntsman’s stint as US ambassador to China also needs further scrutiny. Did he advice the White House on the need to curtail technology transfer to Asia, reduce income tax and federal regulations to encourage job growth in US?
To reverse American decline we need strong leadership with proven track record; someone who will champion the Constitution and reinstate the American way. We need a President that will bring our troops home not just from Afghanistan as Huntsman is half-heartedly advocating under the rubric of “aggressive draw-down”, but from the whole of Eurasia.
Americans should be building schools, hospitals, roads, bridges and levees at home not in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. Our troops should be American borders not in Europe or East Asia.
Republicans need bold leadership in 2012 and America will have to make some very tough choices. Do we need a powerful republic or a bleeding empire, a sound strong dollar or more monetary easing?
Jon Huntsman has not asked Americans to prepare for these tough questions. He has not proposed any new ideas other than some tired cliches on the need to reverse gears towards free enterprise, jobs and prosperity.
At the moment, here is no other GOP candidate who has the proven record on spending or the guts to call for systemic changes in tax structure, strong Dollar policy, elimination of Department of Education and a return to the Constitution.
We are still marching towards debt cliff and so far Huntsman has not proposed anything that will stop us.