New York City is once again the nation's grandest and most influential city. After decades of failed leadership and excuses for high crime, filthy streets, endless borrowing and crumbling schools, Mayor Giuliani captured the imagination of a city of 8 million people and by the sheer force of his will brought a city off its knees and made it a shining beacon of liberty. His leadership led to historic reductions in crime and welfare, lower taxes, cleaner streets, and made NYC a vastly better place to live and work.
Unfortunately, New York City's elected officials and their band of government dependent interest groups are now reverting to the failed policies of the past - raising taxes, empowering ever-bloating bureaucracies, hiking fees, imposing more burdensome regulations, fostering greater dependency on government, ballooning government debt and restricting individual liberties.
After many years of participating in urban political activities, a group of reform-minded activists from different local political clubs came to realize what New York and other urban centers need most is a competitive two-party system. The spark needed to make this possible is a Republican Party that unapologetically stands for the core Republican ideas of limited government, low, pro-growth tax policy, and market driven solutions to social and economic problems.
Unfortunately, when it comes to the problems we still need to address, Democrats in the City Council, like the cast of a TV rerun, are making the same old claims they made during the pre-Giuliani years. They say that the problems in the public education system are unsolvable. The problems in our budget are insignificant. The problems with government inefficiency are inevitable. Even in the area of crime prevention, where Mayor Giuliani clearly showed that positive changes could be made with strong leadership, they say that there is little we can do about the resurgence of criminal activity.
These are the excuses that undermined this city for decades.
The Urban Republican Coalition will offer the voters of New York City a clear, new vision for the future with specific reform measures to address the problems currently facing New Yorkers. We do so with the conviction that where old ideas have failed, new ones offer hope and the opportunity for positive change.
We will present to the voters of New York City a clearly defined Urban Republican Platform based on real reform.
We will also recruit, train and support the candidates that will carry our reform message out onto the streets and communicate our vision for a better New York directly to the people of our city. We believe that our platform will benefit every city resident, regardless of ethnicity, income level or political party affiliation.
Through this Platform we will build on the history that shows that bold, innovative Republican ideas will make our city a better, more secure place to live for every New Yorker.
We are the Republican reformers of Urban America. The ideals we stand for, put in to action, will continue to improve New Yorkers lives, and will work equally well in any of America's cities where they are tried. We will bring the Republican ideals of limited government, low taxes, individual liberty, parental choice in education, affordable housing, safe streets and neighborhoods to cities across the land.
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