Each day until the state convention comes to order on May 18, we shall consider a variety of reasons for endorsing Dan Severson to challenge Senator Amy Klobuchar in November. Follow the series at Fightin Words and check in on the day of the convention for a compilation including the most compelling reason to support Dan Severson.
Many of the reasons so far listed for supporting Dan Severson for U.S. Senate are practical. He is far and away the most experienced candidate. He is a proven leader. He has run statewide before and built the relationships necessary to win.
However, all that matters less without a platform of positions which promises to translate conservative principle into actual policy. Dan has that platform. More than rhetorical flourish, Dan has articulated specific actionable policy objectives.
The number one issue in this election is jobs and the economy. Dan understands that a job is not any old action for arbitrary pay. A job must be productive, creating wealth through action which obtains a value. Income is the net measure of that value. Taxing income thus taxes productivity, punishing wealth creation and deterring economic growth.
Dan is unique among the candidates for U.S. Senate in proposing a path to eliminate the federal income tax and remove its stagnating effect upon productivity. Inspired by the vision of former presidential candidate Herman Cain, Dan is prescribing the 9-9-9 tax reform plan. An intermediate step towards the Fair Tax, 9-9-9 broadens the tax base and begins to shift the burden of taxation from production to consumption.
Simplifying the tax code in this manner will free up a lot of manpower currently wasted on unproductive attempts at compliance. It lowers a barrier to entry for new business, fosters confidence in the market, and signals the pursuit of fresh economic value.
Of course, tax reform without a plan to reduce federal spending only rearranges deck chairs without patching the haul. Broadening the tax base puts some political restraint on spending. But stronger measures must be taken to actually cut spending and cap it at an objectively measured level. That is why Dan supports a strong balanced budget amendment and has proposed phasing out a number of federal departments including Education, Energy, and the extraordinarily intrusive EPA.