Here’s What President Santorum Would Do In His First Hundred Days

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With polls showing him leading in Super-Tuesday States like Tennessee, Oklahoma and maybe even Ohio, Rick Santorum is already looking forward to his first hundred days in office. And according to him, they’re going to be great.On his official campaign website, Santorum has posted a list of 10 things his administration plans to accomplish by the end of his first hundred days in office. And in a noticeable shift from what we’ve seen on the campaign trail, where social issues seem to be key for Santorum, they’re all about the economy.

The hundred-day mark has become a benchmark by which we measure an incoming president’s effectiveness, a tradition which dates back to the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt. During his first hundred days, President Obama most notably signed the $787 billion economic stimulus plan into law.

'Unleash America's Energy'

Also known as drill, baby, drill.

Santorum pledges to approve the Keystone Pipeline and will allow states to decide where they can explore for oil and natural gas as well as how they want to regulate hydrofracking.

'Stop Job Killing Regulations'

Another day-one promise, Santorum says he will eliminate all regulations put forth by the Obama administration that 'have an economic burden over $100 million.' This includes repealing EPA regulations on CO2 emissions.

'Rein In Spending To Secure Our Future'

Remember five in five.

Santorum will propose cutting $5 trillion over 5 years by limiting excess spending and reducing the non-defence related federal workforce by at least 10 per cent.

'Repeal And Replace Obamacare'

It's about time that dreaded O-word came up. Santorum will submit legislation to repeal Obamacare with 'competitive choices of healthcare plans' and end all regulatory obligation relating to healthcare.

'Balance The Budget'

No specifics here, but Santorum says he will submit to Congress legislation that will balance the budget in four years. He'll also call on Congress to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment, which will cap federal spending at 18 per cent of GDP.

'Pro-Growth And Pro-Family Individual Tax Policy'

Santorum will propose the idea of lowering tax rates to 10 per cent and 28 per cent. Simultaneously, he'll triple the personal deduction for children and eliminate the marriage tax penalty by reforming the tax code.

'Restore America's Competitiveness'

This is where Santorum gets the most specific.

First, he'll cut the corporate tax and make it a flat-tax rate of 17.5 per cent. Second, he'll allow corporations to expense all business equipment and investment, while repealing the Dodd-Frank Act, which he says 'is making it harder for businesses to get access to credit and for Americans to buy houses and refinance.'

'Negotiate And Submit Free Trade Agreements'

Santorum will start negotiations for at least five free trade agreements, which he will complete by the end of his first year in office.

'Reform Entitlements'

Santorum will cut entitlement programs by 10 per cent, freeze them for four years, and block grant them to states. He'll also reform Medicare and Social Security. Again specifics are seemingly lacking.

'Revive Housing'

Say goodbye to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Under President Santorum, both will be dissolved and the Federal Reserve will be made more transparent. He'll also allow families with underwater homes to deduct losses from selling their home.

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