Dick Armey ’08?

Former House Majority Leader, and North Dakota native, Dick Armey is heading for Iowa and the Wall Street Journal is getting the ball rolling with throwing Armey’s name out there for 2008.

With 2008 only 16 months away, it’s not too early for would-be presidents to spend some quality time in Iowa, where precinct caucuses kick off the presidential nomination races. Consider former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, who’s holding an event at a Des Moines Holiday Inn on Sept. 19 to “share (his) vision for the future, and how to keep America moving forward with a Freedom Agenda…”

Armey hasn’t mentioned anything yet about running. But the two-hour wonkfest (admission, $25) will include a speech from the retired Texas Republican about his views on personal retirement accounts, tax reform and “retaking control of the budget process” in Congress. The trip is one of many Armey is planning this fall on behalf of FreedomWorks, his grassroots operation that announced a $4 million get-out-the-vote blitz. The group aims to help Republicans keep their House seats and lend a hand in a few Senate races, including Washington, Nebraska and Michigan. – Amy Schatz

The event will be hosted by Steve Forbes, Senator Charles Grassley and Iowans for Discounted Taxes (and I will try to make the 120 mile drive myself.)

Adding to the speculation is that Armey’s PAC – FreedomWorks – is touting articles on this subject.

Washington Post on Dick Armey

ABC’s ‘The Note’ mentions Armey’s Iowa trip

On top of this Armey went on NPR and discussed how Tom DeLay actually made the problem of earmarks worse.

Something I didn’t know is that he has his own ‘curve” to describe the relationship of Economic Growth and Public Spending:

Armey argues that non-existence of government causes a state of anarchy and low levels of wealth creation, because of the absence of the rule of law and protection of property rights. In civilizations with extremely small or non-existing public sectors, citizens lack the incentives to save and invest. The absence of the rule of law and continuous threat of theft or expropriation has demotivating effects. Also the total lack of collective infrastructure leads to poor productivity and consequently low levels of wealth creation.

Now Armey also has a key advantage over the other Republicans – he’s been against the war in Iraq from day one.

Iraq Is Defiant as G.O.P. Leader Opposes Attack – August 9th, 2002

The House majority leader, Representative Dick Armey, warned today that an unprovoked attack against Iraq would violate international law and undermine world support for President Bush’s goal of ousting Saddam Hussein.

The remarks by Mr. Armey, a Texas Republican who is retiring this year, are the most prominent sign of Congressional unease that the administration is moving rapidly toward a war against Iraq and were especially striking coming from a leading conservative and a staunch Bush ally.

Mr. Armey, speaking to reporters in Des Moines during a campaign swing for a House candidate, said, “If we try to act against Saddam Hussein, as obnoxious as he is, without proper provocation, we will not have the support of other nation states who might do so.”

“I don’t believe that America will justifiably make an unprovoked attack on another nation,” he said. “It would not be consistent with what we have been as a nation or what we should be as a nation.”

In response to a reporter’s question, he said: “My own view would be to let him bluster, let him rant and rave all he wants and let that be a matter between he and his own country. As long as he behaves himself within his own borders, we should not be addressing any attack or resources against him.”

Today, Mr. Armey said the failure to resume international arms inspections inside Iraq would be insufficient grounds for war.

“In my estimation it is not enough reason to go in, that he does not allow weapons inspections,” Mr. Armey said. “What if the French decided they wanted to inspect American military facilities?”

Mr. Armey said he had supported the Persian Gulf war, which drove Iraq out of Kuwait. But in this case, he said, basic principles of international law apply, and that attacking Iraq without a specific provocation would violate those norms.

“He has a right to hold dominion within his own national boundaries, as obnoxious as he is and as comical as he can be,” said Mr. Armey. “He is what we in Texas know as a blowhard, he can’t help himself.”


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