I am your common sense candidate. No fluff, just common sense.
In a nutshell, this is what I want to do –
Lower corporate tax rates to zero. If not, lower U.S. manufacturing profits to zero. Read this. Why? See below.
Help companies manufacture here rather than in China. Why? See below.
Start a national debate (with a referendum) about blocking illegals from getting jobs. The problem with building a wall is that it won’t work. As long as illegal immigrants can make more money here than in their home country they’ll find a way in, be it over, through or under the wall. If drugs can flow across our border like water, so will illegals. You don’t need an ineffective wall. If illegal immigrants can’t work, they won’t come here. The real solution is here.
Stop the massive overspending by voiding congressional pensions if they don’t quit. We need new flexible congresspeople in office; not old hacks to fix our financial problems. See below.
Fix campaign finance so that the election system is fair. It isn’t. Why and how? See below.
Help people get off of Social Security Disability Income (SSDI). Why? See below.
Reward success, not failure.
Lower the corporate tax rates to zero so that foreign businesses come here, and U.S. corporations will bring their over $1 trillion back from overseas. We need to become a tax haven for overseas businesses, not punish them.
If not zero, then zero taxes on the profits from manufacturing in the United States. And not just for large manufacturers, but all U.S. manufacturers. It includes U.S. manufacturers who supply components to larger U.S. manufacturing companies. It means that job creation will multiply in a cascade of new manufacturing plants.
As products are made from many components, those components must be manufactured in the United States for the maximum tax advantage.
I call it Cascading Manufacturing.
Our wealth originates in manufacturing. If companies know that they won’t pay taxes on profits from manufacturing (not just assembling) here, they will open new factories and we’ll all prosper. I do not mean assembly from foreign parts, but only from U.S. manufactured components and finished goods.
We will create millions of new, well paid jobs.
If 100% U.S. manufactured finished product, then 100% tax relief; if 25% U.S. components, 25% tax relief on the profits from the final products. Read this.
Provide significant incentives to manufacture, and operate more businesses here and not China. If we pass a single bill that I’ll propose and it’s signed into law, trillions of foreign business dollars will flow here as we’ll become the world’s number one business tax haven.
That money will be put to work creating new U.S. based businesses, building new factories and employing millions of Americans with new, well paid jobs. You don’t need to legislate higher hourly earnings. When we have employers begging for people to work for them, pay will increase. It’s simple economics.
The loss of corporate tax revenue will easily be offset by new income tax revenue, and the surplus can be used to start paying down the national debt. Washington will try to spend the surplus. I will do my best to stop that.
If U.S. citizens are willing to have a national “right to work” identity card using a QR Code, perhaps on the back of their drivers licenses, then employers can instantly check the legal right to work in the United States using government databases and the Internet. If illegal immigrants can’t work, they won’t come here. It’s simple, and it will work.
We must have a national debate, that I’ll lead, to find if the public really wants to stop the influx of illegal immigrants. If yes, we’ll have a national “right to work” card; if no then the public really doesn’t want to fix the problem.
It’s clear that this type of identity card will ultimately become a national identity system and will be used for other purposes. Social Security numbers were not supposed to be used for anything but related to Social Security. They are. That’s the reason for the national debate and a binding referendum.
Stop the massive overspending and force the incumbent Senators and Representatives out after eight years, four terms for Representatives or two terms (12 years) for Senators. Eight years is plenty, not thirty-eight years.
How? By stopping them accumulating funds between campaigns and cancelling their pensions if they don’t leave after eight or twelve years.
A new congressman or woman will have eight years in office before losing a small pension if he or she insists on running again. An established politician with more than eight years will lose it if he runs again. So if a congressman has been in office for 20 years, he’ll likely leave as his pension will be huge and forfeited if he registers to run again. That’s what I want. They have to go.
If that initiative fails, I’ll also work to link the increase in the national debt to a decrease in federal pensions for our congress people, president and other senior appointed people.
For example, if a person was elected in 1996 when the national debt was $5.2 trillion, they would receive about $52,000 a year pension upon retiring 20 years later. In 2016, our national debt was $19.6 trillion! Under my plan, that $52,000 pension would have shrunk to about $14,000 a year by being linked to our national debt. The more it goes up, the smaller their pensions.
If the national debt would shrink, then the pensions would actually increase so they would all become more fiscally conservative. As congress people are all about money… receiving as much as they can, they would be far more sensitive to raising the debt ceiling by ludicrous spending, bringing us closer to bankruptcy. Why? Because the never ending spiral of the increasing national debt would actually hurt them, and not just the American public.
Our presidents receive $203,700 pension after leaving office. Under my plan, for example, President Obama’s pension would have decreased from $203,700 to just $104,300 as the national debt spiraled during his presidency. Do you think that he would have been more conservative signing spending bills into law without paying much attention to the cost?
You don’t need a Term Limits Amendment; just hit federal incumbents where it hurts them most… in their wallets. How will it be enacted? Adding riders to must pass spending bills, and then have the public lobby Washington. Remember SOPA and PIPA? The power of the people stopped them from being passed.
- I will propose a bill to block campaign donations in non-election years so that, in particular, special interests can’t continue to pay-to-influence lawmakers every day that they are in office.
- I will also propose blocking refundable candidate loans to his or her campaign. Why? Because a wealthy candidate can buy an election by just loaning himself $5 million and deposit it into his campaign account. That will scare off other challengers who can’t possibly match these funds. The wealthy candidate then takes the money back in full after being elected, and his supporters will have paid his way. If you don’t believe it, read this.
- I will propose that once money is deposited or donated into a campaign account, after each election, all of those monies must be transferred to the FEC and donated to the top 50 charities, including supporting our wounded veterans. They went to war on our government’s behalf and bravely risked their lives; the same government that has now forgotten them.
- Each candidate or electee will have zero funds in his or her committee account. That will level the playing field, and stop the massive accumulations between elections.
- I will propose a bill to publicly fund two post office mailings to voters during each federal election, one a month before the election (primary and/or general) and the second a week before.
Why? Because the largest issue that a challenger has is exposure. It’s very expensive to contact voters, so many voters don’t even know that the challenger exists.
My bill will authorize two letters, each with a paragraph from each candidate and incumbent in a contested race, and web site addresses that will encourage voters to research each candidate’s ideas and platform. It will help to level the playing field.
- I will sponsor a bill to remove the word Incumbent against a candidate’s name from ballots. Why? Because this is a subtle way to tell the voter who to vote for. It’s wrong and I to need to level the playing field. Every little bit helps.
The truth is I think that many voters enter the voting booth not knowing which of the candidates to vote for, in many of the races. They vote for familiar names, or names they like! The use of the word Incumbent gently nudges the voter to vote for the person in power.
Incumbents have all the advantages. They build huge donation war-chests with much of the money donated by special interests. They are known as they have access to the media. And they can tout their voting records, which true or false nobody checks.
Incumbents and special interests will oppose this since it will interrupt their cozy relationships. It needs interrupting.
We must stop our government’s spending binge. Our government takes in only 60% of what it spends. It’s like living on credit cards which that will lead to disaster. Our national debt is increasing by over $40,000 a second!
Help people get off of SSDI, Social Security Disability Income. By 2020, about 16 million Americans will be collecting about $18 billion a year from SSDI! The key problem with this program is that there isn’t any provision for not getting a monthly check from the taxpayers! Once you get a check, it’s yours forever as the government does not review accounts!
Even more astounding, by the year 2020 the equivalent of these entire state populations will be on SSDI – Nebraska, West Virginia, Idaho, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Montana, Delaware, South Dakota, Alaska, North Dakota, DC, Vermont and Wyoming! That’s every man, woman and child. This is a disaster in the making.
I want to help the people who want to work, without cutting off 100% of the benefit. I want to phase it out; the more money they make, the less SSDI they receive. I want to create an incentive not to be disabled, but to be productive and become a taxpayer.
If elected, I will rock the boat and solve problems.
Listen to how campaign finance has corrupted our system.
This American Life
Originally aired 3.30.2012
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