CRUZ: FIGHT FOR FREEDOMContinued
losses. We need to dramatically simplify the tax code. For the best solution, though, we need to abolish the IRS. But that’s not going to be easy, because in Washington there’s an army of lobbyists on K Street who make their living getting exemptions from the IRS tax code. The only way we will succeed in abolishing the IRS is if Americans come together in overwhelming numbers and demand of our elected
ofcials, “Enough already! Stop listening to the established powers in both parties;
start listening to the American people.”
Obamacare: Addictive Dependency
The third critical step to restoring economic growth is fundamental regulatory reform. In
the last ve years, regulators from Washington
have descended on small business and entrepreneurs like locusts. There is no regulatory reform that is more important than for us to repeal every single word of Obamacare. The lead author of Obamacare, Democratic Senator Max Baucus,
has described it as a “huge train wreck.”
Teamsters Union president James Hoffa has said Obamacare is destroying the 40-hour work week that is the foundation of the American middle class. President Obama himself, in delaying the employer mandate for big companies until after the next election, made two important concessions. First, if Obamacare were working, if the wheels weren’t coming off, wouldn’t he want it to kick in before the next election? Second, why isn’t the President willing to give the same exemption for hard-working American families? Consider that very soon the exchanges will kick in, and the subsidies will kick in. Once those kick in it’s going to prove almost impossible to undo Obamacare. The administration’s plan is very simple. Get everyone addicted to the sugar so that Obamacare remains a permanent feature of our society.
Hold onto that Legacy
Growth matters because it is foundational to opportunity. We should focus on easing the means of ascent up the economic ladder, on how the Obama economy impacts
the least well-off among us. They’re young people; they’re Hispanics; they’re African Americans; they’re single moms.
We need to champion the people climbing the economic ladder because the greatest engine for prosperity and opportunity the world has ever seen is the free-market system in the United States of America. We need to build a conservative army all across this
country that will stand up and ght to bring us back to our
free-market principles and our constitutional liberties.In my life, freedom is not some abstract academic concept. My dad was born in Cuba. He was imprisoned and tortured
as a kid, beaten almost to death. He ed Cuba
in 1957 and came to Texas. He was 18, couldn’t speak a word of English. He went on to start a small business to work towards the American dream. Today he’s a pastor in Dallas.
When I was a kid my dad used to say to me, “When we faced oppression in Cuba I had a place to ee to. If we lose
our freedom here, where do we go?”
That’s why each of you are here. You’re ghting to hold
on to that incredible legacy, and I am honored to stand shoulder to shoulder with you.
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