Top 10 Things Romney Should Do If Elected
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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- As Mitt Romney edges closer to securing enough delegates to win the GOP presidential nomination, it's not too early to speculate what his agenda might be if he becomes president.
1. One of a leader's most important skills is bringing ideas and people together. It's the role of a unifier. Romney's first priority as president will be to kill the divisive rhetoric that has pitted congressional Democrats against Republicans, the private sector against the public sector, the more successful as measured by wealth against the less successful, Wall Street against Main Street, and the U.S. against half the world.
2. He should submit to Congress a pre-vetted list of nominations for his cabinet. They include the best technocrats in their field, experienced effective leaders and negotiators, and people who know how to function on a team that is focused on reviving the American economy while leveraging American values.
3. He will get closure on the Great Recession by leading the nation in purging the Gordon Gecko-types through a national promotional program to educate shareholders on how corporate America operates.
4. He should discuss with Congress and then tell the American people what they should expect in the first 100 days. This will include a plan to achieve high-level objectives for GDP growth, job growth, reducing the national debt, reversing declining living standards, reducing the reliance on foreign oil, reversing inequality by improving the quality of education, reversing the decline in America's competitiveness, national security, foreign trade, size of government, and reducing inefficiencies in health care. These objectives will be achieved in one term of office.
5. He will tell Congress that America's ongoing success requires leading from the middle, the position occupied by 70% of Americans. To do this, he'll be a role model in tough negotiations and arriving at solutions that will lead to achieving the nation's objectives and raising the approval rating of Congress.
6. He will tell the American people what he needs from them. This will include a return to the American values that made this country great: individualism, meritocracy, competitiveness, Protestant work ethic, small government, cultural melting pot, intolerance for inequality, and freedoms of speech and religion.
7. He will oversee the cabinet and recruit a team of experts to develop the nation's strategic plan. The team will include diverse representation from all regions of the country and from the manufacturing, energy, high-tech, finance, health care, legal, retail and services sectors. It will also include leaders from organized labor and the private sector, academic administrators, researchers, student leaders, small business leaders, global trade experts and military leaders.