Herbert Takes Over the Reins
It’s about the only thing in the news today. Jon Hunstman was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to China, and Gary Herbert was sworn in as the 17th Governor of the State of Utah. In my opinion this is a win-(hopefully)win situation for Utah.
Governor Huntsman was a moderate. He was well liked by the state, but he wasn’t the governor that I would have chosen to lead this state. His departure opens the door for the more politically conservative Gary Herbert.
I have written in the past about two separate incidents where Herbert had looked like the conservative that I would like, and the liberal that I would not like. So, I listened to his inaugural address with an open mind hoping to hear the political direction he plans on taking this state.
While I applaud his emphasis on the economy and on education. This wasn’t what I was paying attention to. These are two great goals, and I hope for the best on both. What I am interested in is what Herbert’s approach will be accomplishing his goals.
So, let’s look at his own words to determine his direction. First he says, “To protect our existing jobs, we must maintain a healthy business climate, a well-educated and highly skilled workforce, and competitive tax rates.” Here he recognizes the important connect between education and the economy. He also comments that a competitive tax rate is important for thriving business. So far, I am impressed with his approach.
However, he gives me pause when he says, “My commitment to you is that, first and foremost, we will recognize the great significant importance of our own local businesses and work with you for your continued success.” While he isn’t specific, I wonder just how much does he plan on working with them. If he plans on subsidizing and industry, then I am opposed. But if he is looking to create better education or more skilled labor then we might be able to agree.
However, his speech does lean to wards some great free enterprise and limited government statements that I liked. Here are just a few:
Later he states:
He expresses his limited government approach by declaring:
He also affirms his belief in a self-reliant society by stating:
And finally, and this is a very important one to me:
While I am still hesitant to declare Herbert as the conservative that we need to govern Utah. I am very hopeful based on his inaugural address. Only time will tell, but so far Herbert has impressed me.
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