Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is on stage at the RNC Regional Women’s Summit in Minneapolis talking about the guiding principles of conservatism that will guide the GOP to victory in 2010 and beyond. Today, we have a government that is too big, a deficit that is enormous, but leaders who are too small to tackle these problems with honesty and hard work.
After an introduction from his wife, the First Lady of Minnesota Mary Pawlenty, that focused on the importance of thanking and respecting the troops who defend our freedoms, Governor Pawlenty spoke about the principles and ideals that serve as the foundation of our country. Pawlenty told the audience that one of the pillars of America is the quiet majority of families who work hard every day, pay their bills, raise their families and never ask for a big government bailout. These families know that they must live within their means. They know that their rights are endowed by their creator, not given by their government. They know we can’t spend more than we have. These families make the Republican Party not an extreme party, but the mainstream party.
Governor Pawlenty’s administration in Minnesota is a case study in good conservative governance. When Minnesota’s government spending was growing by nearly twenty percent per year, the governor was able to reduce that growth in spending to just around two percent, and last year even provided a cut in real spending for the first time in years. Governor Pawlenty, like Republican leaders across the country, knows that taxpayer dollars are spent best when they are left with the taxpayers themselves. The best stewards of dollars are the people who earn and save them, not government bureaucrats.
The people of Minnesota are lucky to have Governor Pawlenty going to work for them, and we were fortunate to have him at today’s Regional Women’s Summit. For more information on the RNC Women’s program and our series of summits, please sign up at RNCWomen.com.