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The Club For Growth On Romney For President

The Club for Growth is a national network of thousands of Americans, from all walks of life, who believe that prosperity and opportunity come through economic freedom. We work to promote public policies that promote economic growth primarily through legislative involvement, issue advocacy, research, training and educational activity.

The Club for Growth wrote a white paper on Governor Mitt Romney back in 2007.  Most of the information below is from that report, but since Romney has been outspoken on several issues since then, they updated his record to reflect those positions.  The Cato Institute, a free market think tank rates the country’s governors on a biennial basis.  In both their 2004 and 2006 reports, they gave then-Governor Romney a “C” on tax and spending issues.

Because of his long tenure in public life, especially his presidential run in 2008, Mitt Romney is considered a well-vetted candidate by now.  Perhaps to his consternation, he has developed an unshakable reputation as a flip-flopper. He has changed his position on several economic issues, including taxes, education, political free speech, and climate change.  And yet the one issue that he doesn’t flip on – RomneyCare – is the one that is causing him the most problems with conservative voters.  Nevertheless, he labels himself as a pro-growth fiscal conservative, and the Club for Growth has no doubt that Romney would move the country in a pro-growth direction.  He would promote the unwinding of Obama’s bad economic policies, but the Club thinks that Romney is somewhat of a technocrat. After a career in business, quickly finding a “solution” seems to be his goal, even if it means more government intrusion as a means to an end. To this day, Romney supports big government solutions to health care and opposes pro-growth tax code reform – positions that are simply opposite to those supported by true economic conservatives.  How much Romney’s philosophy of governance will affect his policy goals if elected, the Club for Growth leaves for the voters to decide.

For the full text of the white paper, go to: clubforgrowth.org

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