What has made America amazing has been the fact that throughout our history, throughout the more than 200 years of our history, there have been men and women of courage who stood up and decided it was more important to look out for the future of their children and their grandchildren than their own political futures.
I think in the end the big issue is that the private sector still needs more help. And the answer is not more big government. I know in my state our reforms allowed us to protect firefighters, police officers, and teachers.
We are the ones looking out for the middle class. Who do you think pays for the endless expansion of government? It's middle class taxpayers. Our reforms protect middle class taxpayers.
The unions say 'last hired - first fired,', we say hire and fire based on merit. We want the best and brightest in the classroom.
Looking at America's history, ordinary people did something extraordinary. Leaders risked their lives for freedoms that we take for granted today. That's what instills confidence. That's us. We will move forward and prosper because that's who we are as Americans.
Let this be our time in history so that someday we can tell our children and grandchildren that we were there, that we changed the course of history for the better.
In education, they say either property taxes have to go up, or we'll have poor education - that's a false choice.
I think most people believe success in government is how many fewer people are in government, not because you kick them off of benefits like unemployment but they've been able to control their own destiny because private sector employers have created more jobs.
I joke with my kids, who love history, that I'll be the only governor to be elected twice in his first term.
I hate big government, but I really hate a government that doesn't work. So when they say we either have to raise taxes or cut core services, it's actually a false choice.
I believe that smaller government is better government. But I also believe that in the areas where government does play a legitimate role, we should demand that it is done better.
I don't want massive layoffs of anyone - public or private. We are planning on shrinking government through attrition and reform, not through random pink slips.