For Immediate Release: February 16, 2010
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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Danny Tarkanian issued the following statement on this week’s Obama-Reid “Socialism Summit” in Las Vegas
“This week in Las Vegas, President Obama and Senator Reid are convening a “Socialism Summit” to argue for more government control of our economy. But after a full year of broken stimulus promises, Nevadans aren’t buying what the President and Senator Reid are selling.
“Nevadans are now rejecting the Obama-Reid attempt to base our nation’s economy around government. Their experiment with a government-run economy means Washington gets to pick winners and losers; under their plan, Washington decides which bridge gets built, which bank gets saved and which industry gets a bailout and a new CEO. In their world view, Washington dictates your wages, your health care and your benefits. Their agenda is so invasive, that under their energy tax proposal, you get taxed for turning on the wrong light.
“Unfortunately, even some Republican candidates are echoing this idea that government can ‘fight for your job.’ If the government can fight for your job, than by definition, it must be able to control it. That’s not what our Constitution is about. As Nevada’s U.S. Senator, I will fight for your freedoms. and against the government interference that is threatening your jobs. I subscribe to Ronald Reagan’s admonition that government isn’t the solution, but it’s usually the problem. We need more of that understanding in Washington.
“If I’m elected to represent Nevada in the U.S. Senate, I will go to Washington to win back freedom and opportunity for Nevadans – not to implement any political party’s agenda. I will go to Washington to get our economy moving again by slashing taxes and removing onerous regulations. I will work to persuade this administration that Nevadans don’t want handouts and government doles – Nevadans just want their freedom and opportunity returned to them. They know what to do with it.”
Tarkanian also had a slightly different take on the President’s recent remarks where he said; “When times are tough, you tighten your belts. You don’t go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage. You don’t blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you’re trying to save for college.”
TARKANIAN: “I think the President would have been more on point if he had said: ‘When times are tough for Americans, the government should tighten its belt. You don’t go bailing out banks when Americans can barely pay their mortgages. You don’t go blowing a bunch of cash on socialist experiments when you’re trying to save the free market.”