NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton won 124 games during his 18 seasons with the Vikings and Giants. As a senior at the University of Georgia in 1960, he led the Bulldogs to an Orange Bowl win over Missouri, capping off an undefeated season. Long-since retired, Tarkenton is in the process leading comeback drive against a foe far more formidable than the 1974 Pittsburgh Steelers: America's spiraling deficit.
But instead of his right arm, Tarkenton is relying on his Twitter presence to pull off this improbable win. Can he do it? Pat Sajak thinks so. Tarkenton's one of only four people the Wheel of Fortune host-slash-payroll-tax abolitionist follows on Twitter. A sampling of the quarterback's free-market wisdom, among other things:
Our national debt is out of control. Unless we fix it, nothing else matters. Is anybody in DC awake? This is not hard to understand!
Obama’s tax hikes are coming. Do you really think that they will spend the new revenue wisely? I don’t.
The private sector that generates jobs & money for the country has no confidence in this administration. No confidence = no activity.
Joe Webb, QB for the Vikings is a very sound young man; no reason he can't be a great player.You will have a good time watching his progress
The Dow is UP! Approaching 10,000. This is always good news.
American businesses, large & small, are cutting their spending in order to survive. Have your heard of the govmnt cutting their spending?
Expose yourself to as many different people, books & conversations as you can outside your comfort zone. You'll be better for it!
Our tax system is 97 years old. It is complicated and broken. We need a flat tax, a fair tax, or a consumption tax -- now!
Roger Clemens indicted today. Arrogance has its price. Joe Webb scores winning TD for the Vikes. I'm telling you - watch this kid!
Here's a cool stat for you - Among the new incoming Congress, 32 are small business people (not lawyers)!
People don't talk to people or listen to each other enough. You have to ask questions &listen. Life is more than hitting the send button!
Congress historically does one thing well - spend! It needs to stop!
The UN accomplishes what? Oh…the UN gives Ahmadinejad a platform – that makes a lot of sense!
Vanderbilt does not belong in the SEC -- they should be in the Ivy League!
Met with Community banks yesterday; this is where small biz and sole props should go for banking relationships. More on this later.
This admin. is finally becoming aware that the key to economic growth is small biz. And we've got to STOP THE SPENDING!
When will somebody in congress stand up and tell us how they are going to reduce government spending?
Removing earmarks is a start. We can grow this economy and we can do it now if you and I have the resolve.
I’m going to watch 48 hours of football this weekend. I can’t wait! Go Dawgs! Go Vikes!
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