President Barack Obama is expanding the role of government and limiting freedom and opportunity for Americans, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said at the National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis.
In his remarks, Romney noted that the framework of law created by the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution was the source of the country’s greatness.
“It has generated unparalleled opportunity and prosperity,” he said. “Our Founders understood this, which is why they created a system of government that is limited. This President is moving us away from our Founders’ vision. Instead of limited government, he is leading us toward limited freedom and limited opportunity.”
Romney said the U.S. economy is “fueled by freedom” and driven by free people and free enterprise.
“The Obama administration’s assault on our economic freedom is the principal reason why the recovery has been so tepid — why it couldn’t meet their projections, let alone our expectations. The President's assault on economic freedom begins with his tax hikes,” he said.
“By their very nature, taxes reduce our freedom. Their only role in a free economy should be to fund services that are absolutely essential, such as national security, education, and the care of those who cannot care for themselves. And, yet, President Obama has proposed raising the marginal tax rate from 35 percent to 40 percent. The Vice President has proposed a new global business tax. Medical device companies are soon to be subject to a new tax on revenues. And the President is now touring the country, touting a new tax on investment and the wealthy.”
Another burden on business is regulation, Romney said, noting that the Dodd-Frank law governing banking is an “848-page behemoth.”
“Under President Obama, bureaucrats are insinuating themselves into every corner of our economy, undermining economic freedom,” he said. “They prevent drilling rigs from going to work in the Gulf. They keep coal from being mined. They impede the reliable supply of natural gas. They tell farmers what their children can and can't do to help on the farm.
“Will Rogers famously said that he worried whenever Congress was in session. Today, our freedom is never safe — because unelected, unaccountable regulators are always on the prowl. And under President Obama, they are multiplying. The number of federal employees has grown by almost 150,000 under this president.”
Romney said the rampant regulation puts the American Dream at risk by stifling those with ideas.
“If we continue along this path, we’ll spend our lives filling out forms, complying with excessive regulations and pleading with political appointees for waivers, subsidies, and permission” he said. “That path erodes freedom. It deadens the entrepreneurial spirit. And it hurts the very people it’s supposed to help.”
The Obama administration assault on freedom includes religious freedom through its efforts to force Catholic schools and hospitals to provide birth control as part of their health plan coverage and personal freedoms with Obamacare. He also charged that Obama has created new laws that burden lawful gun owners.
Romney warned that in a second term Obama “would be unrestrained by the demands of re-election.”
“In his first term, we’ve seen the president try to browbeat the Supreme Court,” Romney said. “In a second term, he would remake it. Our freedoms would be in the hands of an Obama Court, not just for four years, but for the next 40. That must not happen.
“As President, I will uphold the rule of law — and put America back on the path toward the Founders’ vision. I don’t want to transform America; I want to return America to the principles that made this nation great.”
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