To borrow the tagline from ESPN’s series of original documentaries, what if I told you there was a Republican presidential candidate with some genuine appeal?
What if I told you this guy had an economics degree from Harvard, four terms in Congress and two terms as a governor under his belt, and twenty years’ experience in the private sector?
He’s Buddy Roemer and he’s worth a look. His pet issue is campaign finance reform (his run for president is financed by individual donations with a $100 limit), but he’s also got a pretty moderate/reasonable set of policy goals available at his website.
If you’re a fan of flat taxes, Roemer’s got a plan that will establish 17% income tax, with a $50,000 exemption and no national sales tax.
He’s a proponent of regulating trade so that developing economies and major corporations will no longer be able to avoid “America’s health, safety and environmental standards,” thus making American companies more competitive.
You read that right. Instead of destroying the EPA and environmental regulations in a race to the environmental bottom with the developing world, Roemer has proposed policies that would force countries like China to meet U.S. environmental standards to do business here.
He takes a tough stance on illegal immigration, but recognizes the value of immigrants.
His is a voice that deserves to be heard above the babble of Rick Perry and Herman Cain and the lot. People like B-Roems, not Rick Santorum, should be setting the agenda in the Republican field.
Also, he tweeted at us one time.
Check out some Buddy Roemer videos on his YouTube channel.