America in creative transition to a new ‘center’: Govs. Rick Perry, Mike Pence, Sam Brownback lead the way

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In a word, binary political positions in America have hardened to regional rather than political distinctions. Blue is on the edges, left and right, and across the top. The edges are dying economically, Detroit leading the pack. These are largely old, mass-market industrial centers whose time has predictably past. But the center, the red states, which run 2,775 miles between the edge of L.A. to the Jersey Shore, are coming together, coalescing to a creative rising, seeking and finding a new American center.

Key to this movement is Illinois Gov. Mike Pence (R) who, as reported here last week, said that President Obama is creating confusion in the marketplace.

“But there is an alternative to waiting on Washington, D.C., to come to its senses, and more Americans are realizing every day that the cure for what ails this country is starting to emerge ... not in our nation’s capital but in our nation’s state capitals,” he said, and “All across this country 30 Republican governors are working hard to push back and preserve freedom.”

And Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R), reported here on Dec. 11: The “revolution in a corn field” that is happening today in Kansas is potentially as important as what happened in 1776. In the last two years, the states have learned that they don’t have to do what the federal government tells them to do. They can think for themselves and govern themselves, just as Dorothy promised.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is also key to this movement. But others get it too, like Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R); Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio); Reagan economic adviser Art Laffer; and Meredith Whitney, whose new book, The Fate of the States: The New Geography of American Prosperity offers a road map to prosperity and power in the rising century. 

The Kansas City Star reported on Sept. 27 that Perry appeared in St. Charles, Mo., to formally announce a national nonprofit organization that will promote low-tax policies such as those he has championed in Texas.

“For America to find its fiscal footing, we must look away from Washington ... [and toward] middle America,” Perry said in announcing Americans for Economic Freedom. “We will only restore our nation to economic renewal if change sweeps the Heartland.”

Specifically, it will publicize the policies of low-tax states, contrasting them with those of high-tax states and using paid media and other venues to promote the position that low-tax policies create jobs, said the report.

“We start that movement today from the midsection of America: Missouri,” Perry said. “This is a battleground state when it comes to electoral politics, but the real battle is for the health of our nation.”

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