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We need tax relief across the board, from businesses to individuals. Nothing will get the economy moving faster than keeping money in the hands of American businesses and people who earned it. America should have the most pro-business tax structure on the planet. We do not.

My home state of Texas has the best economy in America. Interestingly, Texas has no corporate income tax, capital-gains tax or personal income tax. Don’t tell me that reducing taxes across the board will not put people back to work. Plus, my governor shoots coyotes. What does yours do?

The death tax should be eliminated permanently, capital gains slashed to next to nothing, and the George W. Bush tax cuts made permanent.

We need a fiscally conservative candidate for president in 2011 who will commit to cutting the size of Fedzilla by 25 percent over his first term and putting the savings toward eliminating the debt. Cutting spending is Job 1, 2 and 3.

We need much less government, not more of it. We must be willing to cut spending drastically and commit to putting all Fedzilla programs and agencies on the chopping block to be trimmed to the bone or made permanently extinct.

We need politicians who will stand firm on balancing the budget and putting their money where their mouths are. All others must be removed from office.

Much ado has been made about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. There surely is not an American who has not heard about the spill, watched the oil gush nonstop from the pipe from the undersea cameras. We need the same laser focus on the national debt.

We have amonumental task in front of us - possibly the largest problem the nation has ever faced. Either we commit to doing what we can to fix it and recognize that whatever we do is going to be painful, or we go under. The stakes have never been higher.

Ted Nugent is an unstoppable American rock ‘n’ roll, sporting and political activist icon. He is author of “Ted, White & Blue: The Nugent Manifesto” and “God, Guns and Rock ‘N’ Roll” (Regnery Publishing).