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July 29, 2007

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George Templeton

The bloom is coming off the Thompson rose a bit. I think conservatives are still very interested but now that the introduction phase is passing it is time for Thompson to get serious and substantive. It will be soon time for Thompson to start laying out a plan for Iraq, his view on how to handle the War on Terror and conservative solutions to domestic issues (tax reform, social security reform and health care chief among them). That's when he can win conservatives like me and get us juiced up to get him (and a lot of other conservatives) elected in 2008.

200 Grande

Considering Giuliani, Romney and Thompson, it is probably safe to assume that all of them understand federalism.

For those believing that the US has drifted from federalism and want it back, the question remains: how can this be achieved? Does Thompson have a plan to achieve this? Thompson is spouting the same line as Ronald Reagan whom, for all his achievements, failed to stem the tide of an ever-growing federal government.

In its current state (and size), the federal government is here to stay and Republicans need a candidate that can best implement it for its intended purpose. The critical need is for a President that holds the agencies under his authority strictly accountable.

Giuliani has proven he can do this. One example is the integration of first responders under a central command authority. This was part of Giuliani’s campaign platform in 1994 in the wake of the February 1993 attack on the World Trade Center. This integration came after several years of fighting entrenched uncooperative bureaucrats more interested in job-protection than fulfilling their sworn duty. Giuliani brought reform by holding these bureaucrats accountable (and in many cases, forcing them out). Without this, New York City would have had a considerably more difficult time dealing with the attacks on September 11, 2001.

There is only one Republican candidate that has demonstrated his capability of dealing with bureaucracy and making it work in a time of crises: GIULIANI.

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