IAMA 2012 GOP Presidential Candidate. I believe in Fair Trade, No Tax Loopholes, No Special Interests, Energy Innovation & Independence. $100 Donation Limit. I am Buddy Roemer. AMA
What I stand for: I have based my campaign on fighting the corrupting influences that special interests have over our political system. Politicians in Washington, D.C. are completely beholden to special interest groups to fund their political campaigns. It is time that someone stands-up against the power of the big checks, the bundled checks and the corporate checks. This is why I take no PAC Money and have a $100 donation limit.
I believe a good job is the key to freedom and happiness. Yet today we have fewer people working than we did a decade ago and those who do have a job have, on average, not seen their wages increase on pace with the rest of the economy. We need to reinvest in our workforce and rediscover what ‘Made in America’ really means. Our current tax code is unfair, unreadable and unworkable. The corporate loopholes written into law by the special interests in Washington reward the few at the expense of the many. It costs small business far too much time and money to comply with our current tax regime, while at the same time many large corporations exploit this system and pay little to no federal taxes at all.
A little about me: I grew up on a farm in Louisiana, graduated from public school. I went on to receive my undergraduate degree from Harvard College and my M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. I served four terms in the United States Congress from 1981 – 1988 as a conservative Democrat who often broke ranks with his party to vote with President Reagan.
After I was Louisiana’s Governor from 1988-1992 as both a Democrat and Republican.
During my tenure in the Governor’s office, unemployment in the state dropped by approximately half, the state budget was balanced all years despite inheriting a huge deficit. Most recently, I served as the founder, CEO, and President of Business First Bank, a small business community bank with approximately $650 million in assets that took no bailout money from the federal government.
I live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with my beautiful wife Scarlett, and I am the father of three wonderful children. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/buddyroemer Follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/#!/buddyroemer
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