Pawlenty Officially Announces Presidential Candidacy

Former Governor of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty, formally announced his bid for candidacy May 23, during a townhall meeting in Des Moines, Iowa.  Pawlenty took a gutsy, and much needed, stand in the American Heartland by pushing a plan that calls for limited government, and ultimately, more freedom for Americans.  In addition to cutting federal programs and increasing the age to receive Social Security, Pawlenty said, “The truth about federal energy subsidies, including federal subsidies for ethanol, is that they have to be phased out.” 

What I like about Pawlenty is that he tells the truth about the budget situation and provides feasible solutions to fix it, whether Americans want to hear it or not.  This is what we need in Washington: an honest politician, or rather, leader.  While this seems like an oxymoron, Pawlenty provides a path that may fix the bulk of America’s fiscal problems.  As two-term Governor of Minnesota, Pawlenty balanced this primarily blue state’s budget of $4.3 billion without raising taxes.  Pawlenty stated in his speech, “Leadership in a time of crisis isn’t about telling people what you think they want to hear, it’s about telling the truth. President Barack Obama refuses to do that.”  He added, “I’m afraid that in 2012, if we’re not honest enough, we may lose our country.”

Melanie Wilcox