CAPPING SPENDING: Governor Romney Will “Cap Non-Defense Discretionary Spending At Inflation Minus One Percent.” “It’s time for some economic conservatism in Washington as well. America has seen an embarrassing spike in non-defense discretionary spending. And, as you know, I’m proud to be the first presidential candidate to sign Grover Norquist’s tax pledge. But I have another pledge I’d like to make to you today: If I’m elected president, I’m going to cap non-defense discretionary spending at inflation minus one percent. That would save $300 billion – $300 billion – in 10 years. And if Congress sends me a budget that exceeds that cap, I will veto that budget.” (Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks At The Conservative Political Action Conference, Washington, D.C., 3/2/07)
LOWERING TAXES ON ALL AMERICANS: Governor Romney Proposes Lowering Tax Rates For All Americans. “We should strive to keep marginal tax rates on America’s families and businesses no higher than those imposed by our major global competitors. We should end tax penalties against saving and investment, and promote fairness and simplicity by ending special interest loopholes and lowering tax rates for all Americans.” (Romney For President, “Governor Romney’s Remarks At The Club For Growth,” Press Release, 3/29/07)
RESTORING THE LINE-ITEM VETO: Governor Romney Supports Line-Item Veto Authority. “And, by the way, if Congress doesn’t want to do the cutting itself, then give me the same line-item veto I had as a governor and I’ll do it for them.” (Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks At The Conservative Political Action Conference, Washington, D.C., 3/2/07)
REDUCING GOVERNMENT WASTE: Governor Romney Says He Will “Lead A Top-To-Bottom Review Of Government Programs, Agencies And Procurement And Spending.” “One more thing in this regard: If elected president, I will personally – personally – lead a top-to-bottom review of government programs, agencies and procurement and spending. It is time to cut out the mountains of waste and inefficiency and duplication in the federal government.” (Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks At The Conservative Political Action Conference, Washington, D.C., 3/2/07)
UPDATE: Reader Adam adds:
Romney is a strong supporter of the line item veto. Good for him.
One of his opponents isn’ t. The Republican Congress of the 1990s gave us a line-item veto but the Supreme Court struck it down. The name of the case? Clinton v. New York. That’s right, America’s Mayor, Hizzoner himself, Rudy Giuliani, took the lead in successfully suing to get rid of the line item veto. Thanks, Mr. Mayor.