The word "liberal" has been twisted in this country to mean something very different than what it once did. Not so long ago those who were for free markets, free prices, and freedom generally were considered "liberals." With the emergence of the New Deal came a new definition of liberal, and a new definition of "conservative" for that matter.
That the world is getting more crowded is clear. There are now over 7 billion people on the planet and as such natural resources are under greater strain than ever before.
The current primary contest has been the most bruising, quite possibly ever. But now we must begin the healing process.
Prosperity And Security For America's New Century
The Triple Play
National Security – America can no longer afford to transfer trillions of dollars of wealth from the U.S. to China, the Middle East and other oil exporting countries, many of which support repression and fund terrorists. This not only endangers our service members, but further delays our conversion to a more advanced domestic energy and technology sector.
Economic Prosperity – America's way of life is at risk, we continue to borrow from China, depend on imported oil from abroad, and manufactured products from Asia, while producing less and less ourselves. The Middle East already holds half the world's wealth beneath its sands, and China will soon surpass America as the world's largest economy, if we don't act wisely. We believe that America's prosperity is good not only for America, but also for the world.
Environmental Common Sense – Free enterprise is a powerful force for advancement. It is time that rather than shackling the free market with unnecessary restraints, we harness the free market to drive down pollution and waste. Internalizing the hidden costs of pollution through market based policies (like a direct price on carbon) are common sense solutions. The economy and environment don't need to be at odds. RLN supports policies that advance them both, together.
UnTax jobs & Growth
Reduce payroll taxes
Get rid of cozy deals for chosen fuels
InVest in innovation
Empower consumers with $$ in their pockets through tax cuts or dividends
InTernalize hidden costs of fuels
Make fuels account for their national security costs and emissions
What conservatives say about the Smart Tax Shift
Tyler Cowen, George Mason Univ
"Phase out all forms of capital income taxation, including the corporate income tax, and replace them with a carbon tax, including a gasoline tax."
Arthur Laffer, Guru of supply-side economics
"[B]oth Democrats and Republicans could support a carbon tax offset by a payroll or income tax cut."
Edward Snyder, Dean of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business
"We need to recognize that carbon is a 'bad,' tax it, and let the market work."