Top 10 Things Romney Should Do If Elected - TheStreet

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) -- As Mitt Romney edges closer to securing enough delegates to win the GOP presidential nomination, it's not too early to speculate what his agenda might be if he becomes president.

1. One of a leader's most important skills is bringing ideas and people together. It's the role of a unifier. Romney's first priority as president will be to kill the divisive rhetoric that has pitted congressional Democrats against Republicans, the private sector against the public sector, the more successful as measured by wealth against the less successful, Wall Street against Main Street, and the U.S. against half the world.

2. He should submit to Congress a pre-vetted list of nominations for his cabinet. They include the best technocrats in their field, experienced effective leaders and negotiators, and people who know how to function on a team that is focused on reviving the American economy while leveraging American values.

3. He will get closure on the Great Recession by leading the nation in purging the Gordon Gecko-types through a national promotional program to educate shareholders on how corporate America operates.

4. He should discuss with Congress and then tell the American people what they should expect in the first 100 days. This will include a plan to achieve high-level objectives for GDP growth, job growth, reducing the national debt, reversing declining living standards, reducing the reliance on foreign oil, reversing inequality by improving the quality of education, reversing the decline in America's competitiveness, national security, foreign trade, size of government, and reducing inefficiencies in health care. These objectives will be achieved in one term of office.

5. He will tell Congress that America's ongoing success requires leading from the middle, the position occupied by 70% of Americans. To do this, he'll be a role model in tough negotiations and arriving at solutions that will lead to achieving the nation's objectives and raising the approval rating of Congress.

6. He will tell the American people what he needs from them. This will include a return to the American values that made this country great: individualism, meritocracy, competitiveness, Protestant work ethic, small government, cultural melting pot, intolerance for inequality, and freedoms of speech and religion.

7. He will oversee the cabinet and recruit a team of experts to develop the nation's strategic plan. The team will include diverse representation from all regions of the country and from the manufacturing, energy, high-tech, finance, health care, legal, retail and services sectors. It will also include leaders from organized labor and the private sector, academic administrators, researchers, student leaders, small business leaders, global trade experts and military leaders.

8. With only 100 days to gather information, President Romney will host a special meeting of the G20 heads of state and finance, and leaders of the United Nations, IMF, World Bank and WTO.

He will suggest the following theme: the need to fast track global economic growth and development as a solution to poverty and declining living standards, social unrest, and explosive regional, religious, and ethnic rivalries that lead to humanitarian disasters and the need for military intervention. He will ask members to explore how to leverage the economic strengths of G20 members.

This meeting will help raise the awareness of the G20 as a global forum where nations with diverse religious, racial, ethnic and economic development levels can collaborate to collectively deliver peace and prosperity to all. Romney will need to demonstrate that the country is in capable hands with his awareness of global issues and a new world order in the making.

9. He will chair a meeting of confirmed cabinet members, congressional leaders and a team of experts to finalize the strategic plan to meet the nation's objectives, and to assign responsibility for overseeing execution of the initiatives in the plan.

10. He will present the plan to Congress for fine tuning before discussing this congressionally supported plan to supercharge the U.S. economy in his State of the Union address. He will tell the American people that he has no interest in being re-elected because he will allow nothing and no one to compromise his commitment to achieving the goals in this plan. He should kick off budget reductions by taking a pay cut of $399,999 and a commitment that he and his wife will take any vacations at home.