It is undisputed that the Democrat leadership is organized as the party of high taxes, high crime, late term abortion and infanticide, open borders, class warfare, business oppression, failed socialist policies and instigators of an effort to overthrow a free election. The Democrat Party’s dedication to this agenda is guided by the inherent political advantages they seek to realize in complete disregard for the safety and best interests of U.S. citizens. Jim’s campaign platform is consistent with, and advances, the principles of economic and political freedom established by our country’s founders, domestic and international security, and an originalist adherence to the U.S. Constitution. Some of the specific positions and proposals of Jim’s campaign include the following:
Campaign Positions & Proposals
A real wage increase for hard working Floridians
We need to give hard working Floridians larger paychecks without wasteful government involvement and an inflationary impact that immediately takes that benefit away. For workers making less than one hundred thousand dollars per year, I will support eliminating income tax on their overtime wages as a direct benefit on their paychecks. This is contrasted with programs whereby tax dollars go to Washington as 100 cents on the dollar, but come back as 15 cents on that very same dollar through wasteful programs having government involvement. This tax approach also provides real long term changes in an employee’s buying power and economic status. Here is why:
To begin with, wage changes such as the substantial changes to the minimum wage suggested by the Democrat party only provide an economic benefit to workers for a month or two after each increase. This is because such changes also increase the cost of goods and services sold to consumers by virtue of the significant increase in labor costs associated with those same goods and services. As a result, suppliers of those goods and services must also immediately raise the price of goods and services to consumers in order to offset the additional labor costs consisting of the hourly increase as well as the resulting increase to the employer’s portion of payroll taxes paid to the federal government. When the cost of goods and services to consumers goes up, this is called inflation and an individual’s buying power is reduced. So if you currently buy a meal at a fast food restaurant for $5.00 and the minimum wage doubles over three years, then you would end up paying $10.00 (double) for that same meal at the end of that same period of time. In other words, your buying power (the amount of goods and services you can afford to buy) is the same as it was before the cycle of increasing minimum wages started. Therefore, publicized proposals to dramatically increase the minimum wage is merely a political trick to fool voters into thinking that their standard of living will dramatically increase when in reality it remains materially the same.
Under my proposal, there is no inflationary impact because there is no increase to the cost of goods and services being produced and sold because the employer is not paying more. Therefore, businesses that produce those goods and services do not have to raise their prices and a worker’s increase in income is a real increase in buying power and economic growth. As an incentive and in recognition of the fact that a worker has done their civic duty by paying taxes on their 40 hour a week job, that same worker deserves the right to increase their buying power and economic growth by investing their personal time and extra effort to earn tax-free income. That additional income becomes a direct benefit on workers’ paychecks without government involvement or expense. This is also fair to workers because many worker’s overtime wages are taxed at nearly 50% thereby discouraging participation in overtime opportunities. Everyone who has ever worked for a paycheck and worked overtime has found themselves saying “why did I bother, and this is not fair.”
This program is also good for the economy. While every dollar in tax cuts translates directly to one less dollar in government revenue, the other effect is longer-term, as revealed in a Laffer curve showing the “full economic effect.” Lower tax rates put money into the hands of taxpayers, who then spend more. This creates more business activity to meet consumer demand. As a result, companies then hire more workers, who then spend their additional income. This boost to economic growth generates a larger tax base and eventually replaces any lost revenue from the tax cut. Also, the increased production of goods and services will generate additional tax revenue from the income associated with the increased production.
An “America First” approach to immigration, border security and U.S. citizen homelessness
Aside from the significant security exposure to America associated with illegal crossings, unlawful immigrant households impose a financial burden on the U.S. equal to what would be the cost of feeding, clothing, housing and providing all necessaries for virtually every one of the 554,000 homeless Americans. That is one of the more compelling reasons for an “America First” policy. I will support securing the border, outlawing sanctuary cities, enacting a zero tolerance policy on illegal border crossings, and enacting an immigration plan that would continue the spirit of accepting those seeking bona fide political refuge, providing for entry based upon merit, and authorizing entry only after extensive and appropriate screening.
Replacing Obama Care with a sensible healthcare system
I support affordable, quality healthcare for all Americans and will propose legislation that will reform and redesign the healthcare system. These reforms include a new approach to health insurance, changes to medical device and prescription drug procurement and distribution, as well as take advantage of nationwide efficiencies versus state limitations. It will also reform administrative processes, restore the doctor-patient relationship and reduce system over-usage. The reformed system will reduce the average annual healthcare costs for each individual by approximately 45% of their current costs, substantially reduce government involvement in personal health decisions, and provide additional cost savings to the Medicare system, which will remain in place.
Keeping America Free
I support our American capitalist system which has produced the greatest sustained economic prosperity in the history of the world. The free-market society it has produced promotes free choice, preserves and grows the middle class, and creates incentives that encourages personal achievement. Socialism on the other hand, produces ever increasing control by government, loss of personal choice, penalties for achievement and substantially reduced standards of living. Not only has it resulted in economic hardship for every nation that has adopted it, but it has frequently produced violence, starvation and misery. Instead of the promise of being equally rich, everyone becomes equally poor with no real prospect of growth. Even the once praised Scandinavian model has failed and they have been moving more toward a free market system like America’s. To be sure, I will aggressively oppose the liberal socialist movement and support legislation that fosters inter-economic class advancement, preservation of free choice, personal achievement and growth of the middle class consistent with the capitalist values established by the founders.
I also support a withdrawal from class and race identification, and encourage the evolution of a truly “blind” society where each individual is encouraged to pursue exceptionalism and achievement; and contemporaneously be judged on, and excel from, the merits of their efforts and quality of their character as was contemplated by Dr. Martin Luther King. Everyone’s quest for the American dream needs to be preserved, and consistent with, the covenants within the U.S. Constitution, which makes no mention of the color or physical condition of our citizens as was rightly pointed out by Frederic Douglas. Accordingly, I oppose the Democrats’ socialist movement which they advance, in part, through class and race identification rhetoric, and dependency programs designed to keep the black community anchored to limited growth and a reduced standard of living.
Support for Jewish Americans and Israel
In 2015 President Obama sent 1.7 billion in cash to Iran in the cover of night as well as freed up 150 Billion in other assets so as to buy the failed Iran Nuclear deal. That cash and assets now fund Iran’s nuclear development and terrorism against Israel and other allies in the region. The Democrat Congress has also failed to support Israel and Jewish communities in America, as well as declined to denounce anti-Semitic rhetoric in Congress itself. I will pursue legislation to ensure security in the Jewish community, as well as aggressively oppose the BDS movement, and the radical Islamic and Neo Nazi movements’ oppression of American Jews. I will also support Israel’s sovereignty over the strategic Golan Heights, its legal rights to civilian settlements in the West Bank, and the defunding of organizations such as UNWRA that funnel funds to terrorist groups.
Domestic security while protecting 2nd Amendment rights
The 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." In Federalist Papers #1, Alexander Hamilton observed that “dangerous ambition more often lurks behind the suspicious mask of zeal for the rights of the people than under the forbidden appearance of zeal for fairness and efficiency of government” . . . and that “history will teach is that the former has been found a much more certain road to the introduction of despotism.” In making this warning, Hamilton pointed out that those who would overturn the liberties of a republic will advance such a sinister effort by groveling to the people’s sympathies, but it is those supposed benefactors that ultimately end up as tyrants. Understanding this, the founders made a covenant with the states and individual citizens that they will always be entitled to bear arms to ensure, in part, that those who enter into government service will never be able to overthrow the guarantees of the U.S. Constitution.
While there has been a notable rise in mass shootings in recent years, the study of this phenomenon has been tainted by political agendas and those who would encourage a rush to judgment so as to ultimately abolish our protections afforded by the 2nd Amendment. The debate has been framed so that many consequently fail to consider the facts that (1) even though firearms were more accessible 60 years ago, the mass shooting incidents we have witnessed recently were unthinkable and unheard of in those times, (2) while there are currently nearly 40,000 gun related deaths per year, there are more than 500,000 defensive uses of firearms each year resulting in substantial preservation of life, (3) as of 2017, 64% of firearms related deaths were committed with handguns as opposed to "military style" refiles that gun activists seek to ban, and (4) there is no evidence to show that if an individual intends on committing mass murder, the lack of access to a firearm would make a material difference to the outcome; for example, 3,000 Americans lost their life on September 11, 2001 in the largest mass murder event in the history of the country and not a single shot was fired. While it is clear that banning or confiscating firearms would make no material difference, there is an urgent need to examine and pursue methods of threat identification and intervention, address contemporary cultural changes associated with excessive exposure to violent mediums, and effective deterrence.
America is experiencing the longest economic expansion since 1854, with record low unemployment for every race, age and gender which has been prompted by reforms in federal regulations and trade, targeted tax cuts, and free market programs that empower working Americans. Even still, the greatest threat to America’s national security and economic stability is the national debt. The last time that the debt was paid down was in 1956 and 1957 when Congress paid down the national debt by 3.8 Billion, leaving 270 Billion outstanding. During the Obama administration, the debt nearly doubled growing from 10 Trillion to over 19 Trillion. At current spending trends, the CBO projects the national debt to expand to 29 Trillion by 2029 and the interest on that debt will be more than the current defense and discretionary spending budgets. As a result, the U.S. will no longer be in a position to reduce the debt without a substantial reduction in entitlement spending (such as social security and Medicare) and other fixed obligations. Therefore, I support a balanced budget Amendment along with strategic reductions in foreign aid and federal agencies as well as reforms to government procurement and wasteful programs so as to actually begin reducing the national debt by 2029. I will also support stabilizing Social Security’s finances and preserve the safety net contract with seniors having low incomes.
Since the days of the American Civil War and subsequent struggle for civil rights, no other legal issue has so significantly divided America than the issue of abortion. In 2014, 36% of all abortions were performed on black women, who are just 13% of the female population; and therefore, the black community is disproportionately affected and racial disparities in abortion rates are no less disturbing than racial disparities in income, crime, and poverty. In addition to racial disparities, other disturbing trends include (1) the sale of aborted fetal parts, (2) late term abortions, and (3) government funded abortions. No matter what one's view of abortion would be, it is inconceivable that we as a society would condone the termination of a child that is born alive; however, the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (which provides that if a child is born alive the doctor is prohibited from terminating its life) was defeated by the Democrat Congress. I support the re-introduction of the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, outlawing the sale of fetal parts, terminating government funding (directly and indirectly) of abortions, requiring informed consent for an abortion, and restrictions consistent with the Georgia Heartbeat Law.