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Rudy Giuliani to Unveil ‘Largest Tax Cut’ in American History (12:32 p.m. ET)

Rudy Giuliani is set to unveil a new tax plan Wednesday afternoon that the campaign is touting as the “largest tax cut in the history of America.”

The Republican presidential candidate is trying to raise his profile after placing fourth in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday and nearly finishing last in the Iowa caucuses last week. The former New York mayor has lost his lead in recent national polls, and is banking his campaign on its performance in states like Florida, which holds its primary Jan. 29, and the Feb. 5 primary states.

Fittingly, Giuliani plans to deliver his tax plan announcement in Melbourne, Fla.

Details of the plan are still emerging, but the campaign says it will include a $3,500-per-person deduction, and deductions for health care, home mortgage payments, charity contributions, and local and state taxes, as well as a $1,000-per-child tax credit.

Then a 10 percent tax would be assessed on the first $40,000 earned, 15 percent on $40,000 to $150,000 earned and 30 percent on $150,000 earned and above.

It also would include a one-page “fast form” that is supposed to simplify the tax process.

The campaign said Giuliani will be joined by Steve Forbes and released a statement saying: “Considering the Democratic candidates for President haven’t been shy about their commitment to raise taxes, the American people can’t afford not to have Mayor Giuliani in the White House. Bottom line — there is no other candidate, Republican or Democrat, for President that has a better record of cutting taxes and has a better plan for putting more money back into the hands of the American people.”

The Path to Victory

As I have suggested here on the Grenz before (too lazy to look up the links), Rudy’s path to victory is assuring cultural conservatives that he will only appoint “strict constructionists” to the judiciary. The courts is the battleground for the “culture war,” and religious conservatives know it. They could tolerate Rudy (especially over the apparent alternative) if he pledges to appoint judges that will be foot-soldiers in their battle. He is doing it. And I think it will pay off, especially with Pat Robertson now on board.

What Have You Done for Me Lately (or ever)

My last post in the ongoing political discussion here got me thinking about the overall effectiveness of each of the candidates for president. So, let’s ask the question, what have each of them actually done? What are they known for doing? I am going off the top of my head with each of these. I am pretty politically connected, but I might be forgetting something, so correct me if I leave something out.

Democrats

Hillary Clinton – former first lady, New York Senator, has not sponsored a single piece of memorable legislation, biggest political effort was Hillarycare during her husband’s presidency and that overwhelmingly failed

Barak Obama – first term Illinois Senator with no executive experience and no legislative accomplishments to think of

John Edwards – one term North Carolina Senator who would have lost his reelection bid if he had not unsuccessfully run for vice president, no legislative accomplishments to think of

Bill Richardson – governor of New Mexico and former Energy Secretary under Bill Clinton, helped resurrect New Mexico’s economy by signing into law a tax cut bill in the state

Dennis Kucinich – Ohio Congressman who sponsors bills that Democrats won’t even vote for, if I remember correctly, he was mayor Cleveland when it was at its worst

Mike Gravel – former Alaska Senator, didn’t know who he was before this election cycle

Chris Dodd and Joe Biden– I am lumping these small state senators together, both have been in the Senate forever it seems and both are known for little more than their partisanship

Republicans

Mitt Romney – former Mass governor, but I can’t think of anything particularly notable about his tenure there, he ran the Olympics in Salt Lake City and used to head Staples

Fred Thompson – former Senator from Tennessee with no legislative accomplishments, best known for his small scenes on Law and Order

Tom Tancredo, Ron Paul, and Duncan Hunter – congressman that no one had heard of before this election cycle, all have pet issues that they champion but no legislative accomplishments to think of

Sam Brownback – Senator from Kansas, no memorable legislative accomplishments

Mike Huckabee – former Arkansas governor, known for losing a lot of weight

John McCain – Arizona Senator with a long list of legislative accomplishments including campaign finance reform and attempted efforts to reform immigration, has effectively championed tax cuts and various forgein policy positions

Rudy Giuliani – executive experience as Mayor of NYC, turned NYC into the safest big city in the country, reduced crime, cut taxes, grew the NYC economy, reduced the size and scope of NYC”s beaucracy, shepherded the city through September 11th

There are two issues to consider – accomplishments and experience.

When it comes to accomplishments, only Bill Richardson, John McCain, and Rudy Giuliani have any to speak of. I like Rudy’s best.

The US has only elected ONE senator to the presidency – ONE in our whole history. His name was John F Kennedy. It takes a different skill set to be an executive than to be a legislator. The candidates with executive experience in the race are Bill Richardson, Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, and Rudy Giuliani.

If America is lucky, from an accomplishments and experience perspective, the race will be Bill Richardson vs. Rudy Giuliani.

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