Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Candidates Need To Embrace Free Market Economics by Akindele Akinyemi

In order for Detroit to transform itself we must start thinking about endorsing, supporting and pushing candidates who have a working knowledge of the free market enterprise.

Any candidate running for state representative next year who understands free market economics will be successful in Lansing. They have to be able to cut taxes and welfare in half; as well as improving the quality of life not just in their district but also with other urban areas in Michigan. Politics is not local like some would say in Detroit. It is global. And when you are a state representative you are representing Michigan.

I will back a state representative who knows how to work both sides of the aisle. A person needs to not just know how to rebuild Detroit's resurgence on fundamental police work, but also on a foundation of fiscal discipline. Reducing taxes and the size of government as well as turning an inherited deficit into a multibillion dollar surplus would be spectacular for Urban Michigan.

It can be done with innovation, wisdom and accountability.

Presently, liberal conventional wisdom among Democrats in Urban Michigan thinks that the only way to close the gap was to raise taxes. Not so. We want to re-populate Urban Michigan not keep running us away.

Those candidates who plan on running for state representative next year also need to take a closer look at how cutting taxes would attract jobs so our people can work. While lots of politicians make promises about cutting taxes hopefully those who are running for state representative next year will overcome the initial resistance of fiscal liberal policies. Tax cuts in in sales, personal income, commercial rent and hotel occupancy taxes. Tax increases are not revenue producers, but counterproductive job killers.

Those running for state representative next year can set out to cut the size of government, insisting that Michigan should live within its means. In return, residents here in our state will begin to see their quality of life improve with more effective delivery of services while the bureaucratic ranks thin out excluding police officers and teachers. Candidates for state representative should fight for increased number of cops and teachers. The reason? Public safety and quality education are what we expect in return for our tax dollars, not partisan job protection or union featherbedding. As candidates for state representatives next year you can prove that government can be smaller and smarter--more efficient and more effective.

The other thing I would like for state representatives to discuss is ways Michigan can help reduce gas prices with alternative energy. Production of ethanol, hydrogen fuel cells and other cost saving fuel would boost a candidate's credibility.

We talk about investing in the future of transportation. Will a candidate for state representative do his/her homework for the future investment of the interstate traveler?

What about educational choices for parents? And what will we do about engaging our brothers and sisters in free market economics as it relates to African trade and investment. China is making a killing in Africa as we speak.

Will a candidate talk about the need for strengthening family polices as it pertains to married couples?

I want to see more candidates get out of the mold of fighting for insurance redlining, quality schooling and predatory lending. All of these issues are very important but as we move towards a global society we need more innovative ways of fighting against redlining and more ideas that we can contribute and tap into the global market.

Next year is promised to be an exciting year for state representative races. In Detroit alone District 1, 6, 7, 11, and 12. I would love for a candidate for state representative next year to discuss how they can work with both Democrats and Republicans as well as restoring fiscal conservatism in urban areas in Michigan. I would be willing to back on who is not afraid to stand up to liberal special interest groups and achieve tax cuts, even with a Democrat-controlled House. That's the kind of leadership we need in Lansing. That's the kind of leadership that will inspire the next generation of the young leaders who are seeking a new direction in politics.

Gone are the days of running on the NAACP platform, the union platform or the Black grassroots platform. We are seeking innovation.

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