A Conversation with Governor George Allen | Advancing US State Competition | Energy Independence | US Unsustainable Debt | Convention of States for Balanced Budget Amendment | America's Role in Ukraine
March 7th, 2023
39 mins 5 secs
About this Episode
Join America's Roundtable Radio co-hosts Natasha Srdoc and Joel Anand Samy with former Governor George Allen from the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Our conversation is focused on the following topics:
—Advancing U.S. state competition and the urgency to make America more competitive in the global arena.
—Securing energy independence in America | Initiative for a modular nuclear reactor in Virginia.
—The unsustainable US debt exacerbated by the growing interest rate.
—A Convention of States is much closer than you think. Learn about the growing momentum for a Convention of States aimed at creating a balanced budget amendment. Listen to how many states have joined this principled initiative.
“I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution. I would be willing to depend on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government to the genuine principles of its Constitution; I mean an article, taking from the Federal government the power of borrowing.”
— Thomas Jefferson's statement just two years after the Constitution had been in effect, argued for a a Constitutional amendment to curtail Federal government spending.
At the conclusion of his term as Governor of Virginia, George Allen viewed with satisfaction the monumental reforms his administration achieved that made Virginia a national model in economic development, public safety, education accountability, and welfare reform.
The Washington Post called Allen “one of the most influential governors in recent Virginia history”.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch recently praised Allen’s campaign “among the most policy-driven campaigns in gubernatorial history.”
Keeping the promises he made to Virginians, and working with a Democratic-controlled General Assembly, Allen successfully cut taxes by more than $600 million; instituted high academic Standards of Learning and School Performance Report Cards; made neighborhoods safer with the abolition of parole; initiated historic, pro-work welfare reforms; enacted the nation’s first Public-Private Transportation funding system; repealed or amended 71% of all regulations; reduced the size of government with greater efficiency and accountability; and grew the economy – making sure the world knew “Virginia is Open for Business”. With added revenues, Allen was able to freeze tuition rates at universities and community colleges.
Allen’s administration recruited over $13 billion in new investments and created more than 300,000 net new private sector jobs. When Allen was sworn in as Governor in 1994, coal and cigarettes were Virginia’s top exports; after four years of Allen’s tireless dedication to economic-development, semiconductor chips became Virginia’s top export, leading U.S. News and World Report to dub Virginia the “Silicon Dominion”.
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