I believe we need to encourage personal responsibility so people are accountable
for their actions. And I believe in government that is responsible
to the people.
That's the difference in philosophy between my opponent and me.
He trusts government. I trust you.
I trust you to invest some of your own social security money for higher returns.
I trust local people to run their own schools. In return for federal money, I will insist on performance. And if schools continue to fail, we'll give parents different options.
I trust you with some of the budget surplus. I believe one fourth of the surplus should go back to the people who pay the bills.
My opponent proposes "targeted tax cuts" only for those he calls the "right people." And that means half of all income taxpayers get nothing at all.
We should help people live their lives,
but not run them. Because when we trust individuals, when we respect
local control of schools, when we empower communities, together we can
ignite America's spirit and renew our purpose.