We need a revolution of thought in the G.O.P. We need some fresh perspective, without compromising our principles. Some Republicans have already begun down this road of compromising principles and we the voters must let them the elected know this is not acceptable. To continue with yesterday’s post, we will start with number 4. To recap number 1. Stop the abortion nonsense 2. Stop the spending. 3. Stop the warmongering and now
4. START putting together a sensible and easy to understand platform for the 2016 Presidential election. That platform should include a multi-step plan for getting this country back to its former glory. It should also be simple to explain.
A. Cut spending – we cannot afford to continue to support 47% or more of our population with food stamps and welfare. We cannot afford to send foreign aid all over the world to people who hate us. We cannot afford to support the arts and sciences on the federal level. We cannot afford to pay for education on a national level. We cannot afford the pork barrel spending that is taking place now. We cannot afford another stimulus package with “shovel ready” jobs. We cannot afford the overwhelming size of government. We cannot afford to bail out companies like G.M. Chrysler and AIG. We cannot afford to look to government to bail out any company in the private sector. We also need a balanced budget amendment and spending caps for every sector including the military. We cannot afford to continue this out of control spending and hope to survive as the worlds only super power. We must stop deficit spending now.
B. Cut Taxes. When we cut taxes revenue raises. That means the lower the tax rate the more the government collects. We need to eliminate all deductions period, but we also need to eliminate the IRS. How do we do this? It is quite simple, we enact a flat tax. Everyone who works pays 10-15% of their income in taxes. That means if you make $25,000 you pay $2,500 to $3,750 in taxes. If you earn $50,000 you pay $5,000 to $7,500. If you earn $100,000 you pay $10,000 to $15,000, and if you earn $250,000 you pay $25,000 to $37,500 in taxes. It is simple and easy. Right now if you earn $50,000 you hardly pay anything in taxes, and if you make $25,000 you get money back because of silly government welfare programs like the Earned Income Tax Credit or EITC. We have to stop the bleeding. Every American should pay something. Even if it is only $50, everyone who works should pay. We also need to stop stealing Americans money by forcing them to pay their taxes as they go through payroll deductions. Automatic payroll deduction is a scam. When you earn your income you should not have to pay your taxes upfront allow the government to overcharge you then rejoice a year later when you get a refund. A refund is exactly that, it is a refund of the money you have over-paid for your taxes. Instead your taxes should be paid after you have earned your income. If taxes are due the following April 15th you should be expected to pay your previous year’s taxes by that date. If you owe $2500 or $10,000 you should surrender this money to the government by that date. The way it works now is the government collects your taxes directly from your paycheck, holds it interest free, and refunds you the difference sometime in the next year. However, if you owe more tax and you are late, you get to pay penalties and interest on that money. If you do this in business, you will be arrested for fraud, but since our government does it we sheepishly cower before them and ask for more like the iconic scene from Oliver Twist.
C. Cut Government jobs. The Cabinet includes the Vice President and the heads of 15 executive departments — the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Attorney General. Of these positions we do not need Education, Energy, HHS, Homeland Security, HUD Interior, Labor, Transportation or Veterans Affairs. All of those functions could be absorbed by Commerce, Defense, State and Treasury. In addition to these cabinet positions which all have secretaries and under-secretaries, assistants, and huge staffs, there are 38 Czars, 33 of which are not confirmed by Congress. They and theirs staffs can all go! In addition to cabinet positions and czars there are any number of superfluous agencies and bureaucratic departments that produce nothing but needless waste and regulation. The Government is orca fat and needs to go through a couple of seasons of The Biggest Loser, Gillian and Bob style!
D. Make the Military strong but manageable. Imagine if we were not fighting a war. Since your birth our country has been involved in some kind of war. I really don’t care when you were born, we have been at war somewhere on this globe. We have gone from one major conflict to another since the dawn of the 20th century. Spanish-American War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War, Bosnia, Somalia, Afghanistan, back to Iraq, it goes on and on. Those are just the major ones, Besides these major conflicts there have been dozens of minor skirmishes. We are not the police of the world. The world’s problems are not our problems. They need to work it out on their own! Yes, I know we have national interests around the world, but that needs to change too, keep reading.
These are the first four points I believe are essential for a strong conservative platform. I have three more which I will post tomorrow. We need a revolution in this country, not a revolution with guns and bombs, but a revolution of thought. A revolution that suppresses emotional solutions to our problems and instead finds a logical solutions based on sound fundamental principles outlined in our constitution and by our Founding Fathers. Conservative principles which looks first to the private sector and local governments to solve domestic problems and the federal government to manage foreign issues.
Look for Part 3 tomorrow.