Wait, this guy?
You’re damn right. My choice right now for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination is former Utah governor and Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, Jr. Yes, he’s barely registering in polls and he isn’t winning the support of prominent conservatives, from Michelle Malkin to George Will. But is he really that bad? Over the next few days (maybe weeks), I’ll put together an argument as to why we should nominate a Mandarin-speaking Mormon to be the 45th President of the United States. If there are flaws in my reasoning, let me know! If you agree, well, you can let me know that too. On to the list…
1. Huntsman has a record of a tax-cutting, job creating executive.
In a 2009 study by Forbes, Utah was named a top-3 state in which to do business in, based off of data on costs, labor supply, regulatory environment, current economic climate, growth prospects and quality of life. This was mostly due to Governor Huntsman being relentless in slashing taxes and implementing what many consider a conservative pipe-dream, a state-wide flat tax. Let me repeat that: HE ENACTED A FLAT TAX!!! If this were any other contender, conservatives would be jumping for joy and praising his/her name, but this huge accomplishment is brushed aside for some reason. Huntsman enacted a flat income tax of 5% and brought down sales taxes. So did these reforms pay off at all? Well, when it comes to job-growth rates for presidential contenders, Governor Huntsman leads the pack with a job-growth rate of 5.9% from January 2005 to August 2009, while the current conservative flavor-of-the-week for the nomination, Governor Rick Perry of Texas, only had a 4.9% job-growth rate. Huntsman understands how to create an environment that is friendly to entrepreneurs and small businesses and the results speak for themselves.