Skip to comments.Rudy Giuliani: Supply-Sider-in-Chief
Posted on 02/10/2007 9:26:03 PM PST by FairOpinion
Republican primary voters should rally around the GOP field's most accomplished supply-sider, the all-but-announced Rudolph W. Giuliani. Having sliced taxes and slashed Gotham's government, New York's former mayor is the leading fiscal conservative among 2008's GOP presidential contenders.
Before Giuliani's January 1, 1994 inauguration, New York's economy was on a stretcher. Amid soaring unemployment, 235 jobs vanished daily. Financier Felix Rohatyn complained: "Virtually all human activities are taxed to the hilt." Punitive taxes helped fuel a $2.3 billion deficit.
Mayor-elect Giuliani sounded Reaganesque when he announced he would "reduce the size and cost of city government" to balance the budget. In his first State of the City address, he said: "We're going to cut taxes to attract jobs so our people can work."
Giuliani spent eight years keeping these promises.
"America's Mayor" cut or killed 23 levies, saving taxpayers $9.8 billion. Giuliani pared Gotham's top income-tax rate by 20.6%. Washington, D.C.'s CFO reported that between 1993 and 2001, local taxes on a family of four New Yorkers earning $50,000 fell 23.7%.
Giuliani cut the commercial-rent tax, curbed sales taxes, and curtailed the marriage penalty on taxpaying couples. Giuliani proudly shaved Gotham's hotel tax from 6% to 5 in 1994. Consequently, that tax's revenues soared from $135 million in Fiscal Year 1995 to $239 million in FY 2001.
Giuliani defends his supply-side instincts with bracing candor. Asked after September 11 if he would hike taxes, Giuliani called that "a dumb, stupid, idiotic, and moronic thing to do."
Giuliani's expenditure growth averaged 2.9% annually, while local inflation between January 1994 and December 2001 averaged 3.6%. His FY 1995 budget decreased outlays by 1.6%, while his post-9/11 FY 2002 plan lowered appropriations by 2.6%.
If President Bush had followed Giuliani's example and limited Washington's spending to 2.9% average, annual growth, the just-unveiled FY 2008 federal budget would cost $2.275 trillion, not $2.9 trillion, saving taxpayers $625 billion, the Cato Institute's Stephen Slivinski estimates. Such Giulianian fiscal discipline would generate a $386 billion surplus, not an anticipated $239 billion deficit.
Giuliani repeatedly privatized municipal assets. Giuliani sold WNYC radio for $20 million, WNYC-TV for $207 million, and Gothams share of the U.N. Plaza Hotel for $85 million. Divesting the New York Coliseum excised an eyesore from Columbus Circle and added $345 million to city coffers. Giuliani also let the private Central Park Conservancy manage Manhattan's fabled urban forest.
These eight years of tax reduction and fiscal responsibility helped hammer unemployment from 10.4 percent in 1993 to 5.7 percent in 2001. Simultaneously, personal income advanced 53 percent.
It's hard to compare a two-term ex-mayor, a one-term governor, and a four-term U.S. senator. Nevertheless, Cato's 2006 gubernatorial report card gives former Massachusetts chief executive Mitt Romney a "C." While the top personal tax rate fell 6 percent on his watch, thanks to a referendum voters approved before he arrived, Romney's first budget raised $140 million by closing corporate-tax loopholes. It also featured some $501.5 million in increased fees, including higher marriage licenses (from $4 to $50), pricier gun permits ($25 to $100), a $100 biannual fee for volunteer firefighters (rescinded under pressure), and a $10, previously free, ID card that lets the blind ride Boston public-transit gratis.
Few in Congress expose outrageous federal boondoggles as fervently as does John McCain. However, he is an ambivalent tax fighter. According to Club for Growth research, McCain opposed President Clinton's 1993 tax increases and supported his 1997 capital gains tax cuts. He also voted to extend President Bush's 2003 tax cuts. For 2005, McCain earned a 78% National Taxpayers Union rating -- an "A."
Unfortunately, McCain opposed President Bushs 2001 and 2003 tax cuts. McCain voted against repealing the Death Tax in 2002. Also, in 1998, McCain embraced former Sen. Tom Daschle's (D.-S.D.) motion to approve Big Tobacco's Master Settlement Agreement, including a $1.10-per-pack cigarette-tax increase.
"I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues," McCain conceded to Wall Street Journal editorialist Stephen Moore. "I still need to be educated."
Conservatives seeking a proven leader to lasso taxes and rein in runaway spending have a natural choice for President: Rudolph W. Giuliani.
Once again, you show your tendency to outright lie. I count three in that one sentence.
1. Giuliani is no Republican.
2. We criticize Democrats all the time...even Rudy.
3. Giuliani has no chance of beating the Dems. He'll destroy the Reagan coalition before the General Election even kicks off.
Still voting for him... so are most Republicans... He's our next President... Sue...
Don't worry; I've got plenty to go around!
Do any known Giuliani-supporters troll and spam, say, Duncan Hunter threads?
"Rudolph Giuliani is nearly 100% in phase with the Democrat plaform, and almost 100% out of phase with the Republican platform."
Those are NOT the FACTS. It's the "BIG LIE". It's what the Democrats would like Republicans to believe so they will nominate someone the Clinton machine can roll over. They learned from 2006 that "divide and conquer" works, not to mention from 1992, when the Perot voters gave us 8 years of Bill Clinton and launched Hillary's political career.
Guliani will come a cropper same as your Arnold Schwarzenegger. Only this time it will be the entire United States that gets screwed
In CA the choice was Arnold or Bustamante, then Arnold vs. Angelides.
For the US in 2008 it is most likely to be Rudy vs. Hillary.
Are you saying that Bustamante and Angelides would have been better for CA and Hillary would be better for the US?
Truth is 'spam'? How Orwellian!
If anyone's destroyed the Reagan coalition it's Bush and his big-government, nannystating buddies in the GOP.
wow, now if i dont jump on the bandwagon for Rudy, im a hillary troll. Dang thats twice today ive heard that logic.
Project there much buddy?
Seems like all we GET is screwed : )
Stop. Telling. The. Truth. It. Is. SPAM.
"Most of Clinton's policies are very similar to most of mine." - Rudy Giuliani
"For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?" - Matthew 16:26
A war victory.
Whining again!..... I see.
Par for the course for you.
They are so afraid of Rudy... He is the current big papa of American Politics. Nobody comes close.
Isn't asking about whether Hillary will be good for the country futile? The Lizard Queen will be president regardless of who the Republicans nominate. It would probably be better for the country if they would just nominate her scaliness herself so everyone can rally behind her even before her coronation. If she has an R and a D, everyone can feel warm and fuzzy about _their_ repti-lesbian winning control of the empire.
Who are you supporting, Spokanian?
Make your damned case. Your spam is trying and disingenuous.
Another lie. This one by omission.
There was this man named McClintock, you see...
Bringing up the recall doesn't help your cause. All it does is remind conservatives how badly they get screwed if they are tricked into voting for a Democrat with an R by their name.
Is there an answer to my question, RM?
Good thing I didn't vote for Bush in '04, then. I knew he was a liberal since at least '02 or '03.
"A war victory"
Would that be the war against Christian family values? Or you talking the war against lawful gun owners?
We're not looking for a "big papa" or a "big mama" or any other sort of statist. Sorry to hear you are.
At least your Arnold doesn't support partial birth abortions.
"If anyone's destroyed the Reagan coalition it's Bush and his big-government, nannystating buddies in the GOP."
Who do you think is the most big-government of the three:
Giuliani, Tancredo or Paul?
Be honest now.
And yes, Bush and the GOP in general have lost their ways. As even Fred Barnes said: "Reagan liked Washington and hated the government and Bush likes the government and hates Washington." Or something very close to that.
Rudy's the next president, give it up. Nobody is going to vote for Perot this year.
Big Papa Rudy... scares you? Does it make you nervous that Hillary can't beat Hillary?
Right. And Giuliani loves the government AND Washington.
The man is a disaster waiting to happen.
You seriously don't know? And you vote... please don't vote... you are kind of stupid. Seriously.
Any conservative. As opposed to the Left Coast liberals who gave us a Washington run by Democraps.
--The New York State Liberal Party on its endorsement of Rudy Giuliani for Mayor: "When the Liberal Party Policy Committee reviewed a list of key social issues of deep concern to progressive New Yorkers, we found that Rudy Giuliani agreed with the Liberal Party's stance on a majority of such issues. He agreed with the Liberal Party's views on affirmative action, gay rights, gun control, school prayer and tuition tax credits. As Mayor, Rudy Giuliani would uphold the Constitutional and legal rights to abortion." N.Y.S. Liberal Party Endorsement Statement of Candidate Giuliani for Mayor of New York City April 8, 1989
No, Her Shriekiness cannot be denied. She has reptilian powers that will crush your Rudiman. It is time for the ascension of the Lizard Queen.
"For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?" - Matthew 16:26"
Funny how one can interpret a quote from the bible when the can't distinguish the forest from the trees.
It unnerves you that Rudy will be the next president?
You failed to comprehend my second section. I'll repeat it: make your case.
I saw Rudy LEAD on 9/11. I've seen Tancredo bitch and grandstand a lot. I like his illegal immigration stand but it's late in the game to have to explain that being president isn't just about agreeing with me on one or two issues.
W is great on taxes, too, btw, and that doesn't seem to move many people here. No one is ONLY about one issue, but Tancredo isn't much more than a loud mouthpiece about one issue.
Rudy... you can't spell? Wars? There is only one war.
"Pride goeth before destruction."
Nobody is going to vote for Perot this year.
I hope not. He was a baby-killer not unlike Giuliani.
Big Papa Rudy... scares you?
Liberals with power always scare me. Why? Because I care about my children's future.
Does it make you nervous that Hillary can't beat Hillary?
Call the orderly and have him up the meds. The normal dose obviously isn't working for you.
You really think Ron Paul is presidential material to lead the country at a time of war?
Proof of Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program Demanded in US Congress [Ron Paul asks Condi]
US secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice was quizzed yesterday over the failure by the current US administration to present any form of solid evidence over Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program.
During the questioning one Republican congressman, Ron Paul told the hearing "Unproven charges against Iran's nuclear intentions are eerily reminiscent of the false charges made against Iraq."
Paul went on to say "This sounds like Iraq, where accusations came first and proof was supposed to come later only that proof never came because the accusations turned out to be false."
In CA the choice was Arnold or Bustamante
is that so?
forget about the 130 some others? without the TWirPs Q factor, the state may not be twice as deep in debt as it is and will be for years and years and have ended up continuing spending like drunken sailors at a 10% rate increase the last 3 years.
just petty details , I'm sure right?.
LOL, easy. Liberals (including Rudy) are bad. Conservatives are good.
And even as we grieve for those who lost their lives, and our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and their loved ones, we may be able to find some sort of meaning in this tragedy by using it as a catalyst to revive national gun control efforts.
Rudy's support didn't get Bill Simon elected; the RINOs screwed him anyway.
So who are you helping get elected?
Such a simple question I have trouble getting answered.
"I saw Rudy LEAD on 9/11"
Did you see him lead his mistress to Mass? Did you see him appoint Kerik? Did you see him nearly die because he stupidly place the NYC command post at a major target?
"Pride goeth before destruction."
"I hope not. He was a baby-killer not unlike Giuliani. "
So you want Hillary to win... and pull the troops out of Iraq... so we can lose to Iran?
"Liberals with power always scare me. Why? Because I care about my children's future."
So you'd put your pride before the country's interest in world terrorism?
"Call the orderly and have him up the meds. The normal dose obviously isn't working for you."
Pride goeth before the fool....
Soft on Gay Marriage
Other than tax cuts, the biggest domestic issue of the 2004 election was President Bush's support of a Constitutional Amendment to define marriage as being between a man and a woman. Unfortunately, Rudy Giuliani has taken a "Kerryesque" position on gay marriage.
Although Rudy, like John Kerry, has said that marriage should remain between a man and a woman, he also supports civil unions, "marched in gay-pride parades" ...dressed up in drag on national television for a skit on Saturday Night Live (and moved in with a) wealthy gay couple" after his divorce. He also very vocally opposed running on a gay marriage amendment:
His thoughts on the gay-marriage amendment? "I don't think you should run a campaign on this issue," he told the Daily News earlier this month. "I think it would be a mistake for anybody to run a campaign on it -- the Democrats, the president, or anybody else."
Here's more from the New York Daily News:
"Rudy Giuliani came out yesterday against President Bush's call for a ban on gay marriage.
The former mayor, who Vice President Cheney joked the other night is after his job, vigorously defended the President on his post-9/11 leadership but made clear he disagrees with Bush's proposal to rewrite the Constitution to outlaw gays and lesbians from tying the knot.
"I don't think it's ripe for decision at this point," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
"I certainly wouldn't support [a ban] at this time," added Giuliani..."
Although Rudy may grudgingly say he doesn't support gay marriage (and it would be political suicide for him to do otherwise), where he really stands on the issue is an open question.
I never cease to be amazed at the absolute inability of some gun owners to think rationally about the issue. It's all emotion.
You lie so easily, and so grandly!
"6. If the choice were between Cruz Bustamante, the Democrat and Tom McClintock, the Republican, who would you be more likely to vote for: Cruz Bustamante or Tom McClintock?"
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