Rudy Giuliani: Right Man. Right Time.
By Steve Forbes Posted in 2008 | Rudy — Comments (44) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
I think Rudy Giuliani will be a superb president. There are many reasons I support Mayor Giuliani's candidacy – his leadership after September 11th, his turning around of New York City and his fight against crime – but what I most admire is his record of fiscal conservatism.
As Mayor, Rudy Giuliani cut taxes 23 times while turning a $2.3 billion dollar deficit into a $2.9 billion surplus. He saved taxpayers more than $11 billion by controlling the projected growth of city-funded spending, and he created a smaller, more efficient government by cutting the number of full-time city-funded jobs by nearly 20%, excluding cops on the street and teachers in the classroom.
When Americans choose their next president they need a proven leader who can get things done. Rudy Giuliani is that leader. Like I mentioned in a recent op-ed I wrote, Rudy Giuliani is not afraid of trying to do big things. He successfully tackled the welfare mess in New York City, even before the Welfare Reform Act of 1996. By the time he was through, welfare rolls had been cut nearly 60%. It's clear Rudy Giuliani is not afraid to pursue major structural changes, even in the face of the conventional wisdom and an entrenched status quo political establishment.
Moreover, Rudy Giuliani realizes no issue is more important to our nation's security than winning the terrorists war on us. He is the man to keep our country on offense, not defense.
Tonight, as Americans watch all the Republican candidates come together for the first GOP debate of this election cycle they will hear many plans for moving the country forward. There is no doubt that this country needs to elect a Republican President to keep our nation secure and fiscally sound. Rudy Giuliani will be the kind of President to do just that. I encourage you to visit Rudy's site at JoinRudy2008.com and sign up to be a part of his team. I'm confident that once you read about his record and his optimistic vision for the future you will agree with me that he is the right man at the right time.