posted on Aug, 19 2017 @ 09:19 PM
Sorry for the double post, but I've worked through more of my platform and would love to have some feedback from the ATS community. By the way, these
are not at all to be taken as suggested laws (though I do believe each one to have its stated impact on the system). No one man can make all of these
changes, but I believe that it's fair that all of the people I offer my public service to should have a full range of my thoughts to hold me
8. Balanced Federal Budget- In 2017 the federal government had a budget of $3.654 trillion dollars. This figure is $443 billion dollars higher than
the revenues generated by the government. This means that we’re adding almost half a trillion dollars to the national debt each year. Our current
debt is approaching 19.9 trillion dollars. In the imminent future, we must bind congress’s hands from reaching into the peoples’ pockets. This
requires a balanced budget law to be implemented.
9. Social Security- Incrementally phasing out the social security system by reducing the strain on it. Social Security will be opened up to private
competition (from entities that would be similar to 401k’s with varying levels of safety vs profit). People who opt to pay into their new retirement
plan would NOT pay social security tax. These same people are entitled to have their previous monies paid into the social security system refunded
back to their new retirement plan at a rate and frequency that does not cause destabilization to the current retirement recipients.
This plan serves a secondary purpose, the U.S. government owes $5.54 trillion dollars to itself, most of which is owed TO the Social Security
Administration. If we act now to reduce the size of the SSA while there are enough people paying into the system, then we can avoid the repercussions
of the inevitable collapse of the institution. Coincidentally as people begin paying money into the private retirement plans the U.S. government will
have to slowly start paying U.S. treasury notes owed to the SSA, reducing our actual debt.
10. Taxes- The current American tax code is long, confusing, and an atrocity to free enterprise and free market innovations. An American household
that makes $37 thousand dollars is subject to a 25% tax rate!! That is absurd! With the highest tax bracket being 39.6%, I do not believe that under
any circumstance the government should be entitled to 15% of your work, while 40% sounds like a socialist joke.
• A flat tax rate of 10-12% across all income brackets combined with reducing the size of the social security burden and requiring the congress to
have a balanced budget will tremendously reduce the size of the US government and its activities.
• The practical corporate tax rate in America is 24%, the advertised is 34-35%, and the average rate in other G-7 countries is 21%. I propose a 20%
tax rate which will assist the companies attempting to avoid the 34-35% rate, and will make it cost prohibitive for large corporations to move to
overseas headquarters. This has the combined effect of reducing money spent on lobbying (which can now be used for product development, employee
benefits, etc), slowing off-shoring without tariffs, and possibly increasing the number of corporations headquartered in America.
11. Welfare- I am still in the research phase on numerous (72) federal welfare benefits. Statistics from Cato (government austerity proponents) found
that in 12 states of welfare benefits were more valuable than a $15 an hour job, while 33 states had welfare benefits valued higher than $8 an hour. I
believe in the essential nature of these programs, but I believe an inside look at their management techniques and regulatory guidelines would quickly
show areas of abuse and fraud.
12. Department of Education- In our current reality the Department of Education is a necessary institution, it’s currently the life line for many
rural, poor, and underdeveloped areas by redistributing funds generated through other sources. The current $68 billion-dollar budget of the Department
of Education may need to be reduced, but this is financially achievable by eliminating the regulatory and “standards” generating functions of the
14. Border Policy- I believe that migrant and immigration workers are a vital part of several of our economic sectors and to prohibit their
integration into our society would run contrary to the beliefs of this nation. I am, however, a proponent of utilizing the U.S. military as the border
patrol in a redefined fashion and with strict non-flexible ROE (rules of engagement). As a member of the US Army I watched our infantry units (heavy
armored brigades to be exact) sit around and day dream up scenarios (aka waste tax dollars for the most part) when we could be contributing to the
overall safety of America by executing these key functions.
Our bases in Fort Hood and Fort Bliss are home to an incredibly large number of troops and equipment. The “militaries” of several countries
around the world use this strategy (as it uses people who are already being paid by the government to execute a task, instead of employing 5,000
additional people to perform the function). By monitoring compliance with the current visa laws (and enforcing the exit dates) and utilizing the
United States military; to perform vital border security missions- that seize narcotics and interdict human trafficking. I would make one critique to
the current “temporary worker” visa, in that I would make it far cheaper and efficient to acquire the visa in following years as an incentive to
return home at the end of each work cycle.