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 transform the U.S. economic, social, and political structure into a communist style society. The Democrat Party’s commitment to this agenda is motivated by their leadership's fanatical quest for control over the population in complete disregard for the safety, security and best interests of U.S. citizens. My campaign platform is consistent with, and advances, the principles of economic and political freedom as established by our country’s founders, domestic and international security, and an originalist commitment to the U.S. Constitution. Some of the specific positions and proposals of my campaign include the following:
Campaign Platform & Positions
Contents (click on topic for text)
1. Stabilizing Inflation, the Economy, and National Debt
2. Establishing an “America First” Approach to Immigration, Border Security and U.S. Citizen
3. Protecting 2nd Amendment Rights while Addressing Crime to Restore Law and Order
4. Ensuring Election Integrity and Eliminating Political Persecution of American Citizens
5. Keeping America Free, Promoting Personal Achievement and Middle Class Growth
6. Eliminating China’s Strategic and Corrupt Influence over Government, Media, Academic
Institutions and American Industry as well as Taking Action against China’s Crimes Against
7. Eliminating America’s dependency on Foreign countries for Energy and Critical Goods
8. Replacing Obama Care (the “ACA”) with a Sensible Healthcare System for All
9. Protecting the Unborn
10. Supporting Israel and Middle East Stability
11. Rational Programs for Preserving the Environment and Florida Waterways
1. Stabilizing Inflation, the Economy and National Debt
My Position: Prior to the commencement of the Biden administration, America was experiencing the longest economic expansion since 1854, with record low unemployment for individuals of every race, age and gender. That economic success was prompted by reforms in federal regulations and trade, targeted tax cuts, energy independence and free market programs that empowered working Americans and businesses. To reverse the current inflationary trend and restore stability in Americans’ personal finances, I am committed to supporting a return to the business, economic and regulatory reforms of the prior administration. That effort will also include promoting reforms in government spending and management of the national debt (as described in the next section below).
Background Facts: In less than one year, the economic success of the prior four years was rapidly reversed through the Biden administration's reckless expansion of socialist spending, tax changes, restrictive energy programs, excessive regulation and business oppression. It is undisputed that the average person has experienced skyrocketing prices at the gas pump and sticker shock at the grocery store. This is because consumer prices in 2021 increased at their fastest pace in 40 years. Specifically, consumer prices rose over 7.5% with wholesale producer prices jumping to 9.6 % which means consumer prices will continue to rise. In the year 2022, this surging inflation will cause the average American household to spend more than $3,500.00 in additional costs for the same goods and services purchased only one year prior. Citing to the Penn Wharton University of Pennsylvania Budget Model, December 2021.
My Position: Many fail to realize that one of the greatest threats to America’s national security and economic stability is the national debt. Therefore, I support an immediate budgetary mandate along with strategic reductions in certain foreign aid and federal agency funding as well as reforms to government procurement and wasteful programs. That plan includes a two year moratorium on spending increases; and thereafter, a cap on spending increases not to exceed 1% below the average of the current and prior years’ GDP(1) percentage growth (as adjusted for inflation/deflation to establish a real GDP measurement). The government’s failure to take this corrective action will ultimately result in a free-fall of the U.S. dollar’s valuation along with its loss of full faith and credit on the international markets. In addition, the dollar would lose its status as the world's reserve currency (which among other economic benefits, reserve currency status has always motivated other countries to purchase more than 25% of the U.S. debt). As a consequence of that prospective failure, the U.S. would likely experience a complete economic collapse over the following ten years due to the severe dollar devaluation and default on U.S. debt, just the same as Russia had experienced in August of 1998.
Note (1) Nominal GDP is the measurement of the country’s economic output that doesn't adjust for inflation
Background: 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. Currently, the U.S. annual deficit, when calculated as a percent of the country’s GDP, is the highest it has been since World War II and is an unsustainable growth in spending. During the Obama administration, the debt nearly doubled by growing from $10 Trillion to over $19 Trillion. Before the year 2020, the CBO had previously projected the national debt to expand to $29 Trillion by 2029 with the resulting interest on that debt being more than the defense and discretionary spending budgets. Due to the COVID 19 relief plans necessitated by over-reaching government restrictions on businesses, the national debt reached over $29 Trillion as of year-end 2021 (8 years ahead of earlier projections). Even more alarming is the fact that the Biden administration is attempting to immediately increase that debt by an amount between $4 Trillion to $6 Trillion over the current annual deficit rate with a projected total debt in excess of $40 Trillion by 2030. As the annual deficit would then exceed the treasury’s annual revenues necessary to cover fixed obligations, the U.S. would 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). This would be a breach of the government’s contract with Americans who paid into those programs for years which would be comparable to an individual paying house insurance premiums for 30 years only to have the insurance company fail to pay for damages from a house fire. We cannot allow this to happen and I will continue to support stabilizing Medicare and Social Security’s finances and preserving the safety net contract with seniors having low incomes. It should also be noted that the progressives’ insincere claim that the “rich must pay their fair share” is yet another deception on the American people. The top 1% income earners pay for 43% of the total income tax burden, but only earn 19% of total income and less than half of the taxpayers (represented by the remaining top 49% earners) in conjunction with the top 1% collectively pay 97% of the income tax burden. That means that 50% of the population (represented by the bottom half of income earners) pay only 3% of the tax burden. Further, even if the government confiscated all of the assets of every American billionaire together with all of the net profits of all fortune 500 companies, it would only reduce the then $40 Trillion debt to approximately $36 Trillion. At that point, the U.S. would economically collapse.
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2. Establishing an “America First” Approach to Immigration, Border Security and U.S. Citizen Homelessness
My Positions: (1) I support finishing the wall and securing the border, outlawing sanctuary cities, enacting a zero tolerance policy on illegal border crossings, and aggressively enforcing existing laws currently being ignored. I also support an immigration plan that would continue with 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. This includes revisiting, revising and re-introducing Kate’s law (formerly H.R. 3004) so as to establish severe criminal penalties (with mandatory minimums) for those found to have again illegally entered the U.S. and committed a crime after they had previously entered illegally, committed a crime and been deported.
(2) The Biden Administration’s justice department has engaged in talks to award $450,000 in reparations to each illegal alien claiming to be negatively affected by the former administration’s zero-tolerance border policy. Their proposal provides that if a mother and her child were caught illegally crossing the border then separated for any period of time, they would be eligible for $450,000 for each child, notwithstanding the fact that an alarming number of children were being illegally brought over who were not even related to the alleged parent and/or were being sex trafficked. I would support legislation that would prohibit any form of payment or reparations for those illegally entering the U.S. (3) I will support having the economic savings associated with closing down the open border to be utilized for assistance programs for homeless American citizens.
Background: Joe Biden’s first year in office reached historic levels of illegal crossings as his administration pulled agents off the border and left large sections unpatrolled. In 2021, Border Patrol agents apprehended close to 2 million illegal immigrants from 150 different countries and detected, but didn’t catch, an additional 600,000 illegal border crossers. In addition to the Biden administration’s blatant violation of U.S. immigration laws they willfully attempt to conceal the significant security exposure to our citizens associated with illegal border crossings. In addition to an unknown number of criminals and sex traffickers entering the country, an increased flow of drugs are entering the U.S. that has resulted in overdose deaths being at an all-time high (especially associated with fentanyl from China). To make matters worse, government officials have confirmed that none of these illegal aliens were forced to be vaccinated for COVID 19 before being released into the U.S.; while at the same time, Biden's vaccine mandate on American citizens affected approximately 100 million Americans who were denied continued employment, medical benefits and access to public facilities.
In 2018 alone (when the problem was not as severe as it was in 2021), the FBI and Customs Enforcement (ICE), released data disclosing that more than a quarter of all murders in the US were committed by illegal aliens. Specifically, out of a total of 9,049 homicides that the FBI reported, 2,500 (28%) were committed by illegal aliens. Also, illegal aliens accounted for 24% of all federal drug arrests, 25% of all federal property arrests, and 28% of all federal fraud arrests.
The illegal immigration problem has created a devastating financial burden on America. Government data and studies as of year end 2021 show that the annual burden of $150 billion in cost associated with the unlawful immigration of over 17 million individuals residing in the U.S. is more than equal to what would be the cost of feeding, clothing, housing and providing all necessaries for virtually every one of the 554,000 homeless American citizens (about one quarter of them being children). That fact alone would be one of the more compelling reasons for an “America First” policy on immigration.
When considering illegal alien costs borne by American citizens, the epidemic of drug and child sex trafficking and government sanctioned COVID 19 super-spreader neglect, a reasonable person would ask why is the Biden administration allowing this to happen. The answer is clear that Democrat progressives are only concerned with building their power base of "future voters" in total disregard of the safety, security and best interests of the U.S and its citizens.
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3. Protecting 2nd Amendment Rights while Addressing Crime to Restore Law and Order
Protecting 2nd Amendment Rights
My Position: I will continue to defend American’s 2nd Amendment rights along with the right to defend their persons and property. While it is clear that banning or confiscating firearms would make no material difference if an individual intends to commit murder or mass murder, there is an urgent need to examine and pursue methods of threat identification and intervention. Also, we must compel enforcement of existing laws, address contemporary cultural changes associated with acceptance of violent crime, and implement effective deterrence measures.
Background: 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 fears and sympathies, but it is those supposed benefactors that ultimately end up as tyrants. Understanding this risk, 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 usurp the will of the people and 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 by those who would encourage a rush to judgment so as to ultimately abolish our protections afforded by the 2nd Amendment. The politicization of the issue has already resulted in “red flag” gun laws in which people can be wrongfully turned in to authorities by their neighbors and have their firearms confiscated without probable cause. Such actions violate the Due Process Clause found in both the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution. Those Constitutional Amendments specifically prohibit the arbitrary deprivation of "life, liberty, or property" by the government. Ultimately there are existing laws (such as Florida’s Baker Act) that provide for both immediate action and due process that could be utilized and/or minimally revised to achieve a more effective result while remaining constitutionally compliant.
The debate has also 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 with 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" rifles that gun activists seek to ban, (4) more than 25% of murders are committed by foreign nationals, and (5) 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.
Addressing Crime to Restore Law and Order
My Position: The progressive’s systematic destruction of America’s social norms so as to advance their socialist and political agenda is the single most significant factor behind what is becoming unfettered lawlessness in America. I will join with other conservatives in Congress to advance legislation providing for a zero tolerance policy for violent crime as well as accountability for municipal officials who willfully refuse to protect business and lawful citizens from criminal attack. This also includes civil and criminal accountability for death, injury and property damage associated with municipal officials illegally imposing sanctuary city mandates.
Background: In our own nation’s capital, the chief of police said the city’s criminal justice system is too lenient on criminals and is now contributing to a recent spike in crime. He also said that “the justice system that we have right now is not functioning the way that it should.” Progressive left-wing politicians at local and national levels have called for “defunding the police” amid an escalation of anti-police rhetoric. It is this liberal ideology, critical race rhetoric and associated social destabilization that has lowered the bar of what our country has long embraced as acceptable conduct in a free society.
The rise of the progressive movement, with its ideological foundations in Critical Race Theory (“CRT”), is actually based upon early 20th century critical theory teachings developed and taught in the neo-Marxist Frankfurt School. Critical theory is one strategy for transforming a free market capitalist country into a communist society through the introduction of social instability. Specifically, the objective of critical theory was to create hatred and a destabilizing struggle between economic classes that were separated into groups of either oppressors or the oppressed. The current progressive movement’s use of CRT utilizes the destabilizing attributes of oppressor and oppressed propaganda with the substitution of racial struggle in place of economic class struggle. This ideological movement has methodically worked its way into our society, including governmental agencies, academic institutions, media, American industry, and even the military. To further advance this destabilizing agenda, liberal progressives in Congress and officials in local municipalities have promoted defunding police, and permissive crime (such as no prosecution for organizing looting, eliminating the bail requirement, deferring prosecutions for violent crime, allowing organized riots including the burning of federal buildings, and destroying personal property). These same individuals conspired to engage in political persecution (and prosecution) of lawful citizens who defend themselves from criminal attacks or who openly object to child pornography and CRT indoctrination in schools. During the summer of 2020 and under the protection of certain radical members of Congress and local municipal officials, ANTIFA and radical BLM members attacked police, attempted to overrun the White House, burned buildings in the capital, rioted, committed murder, caused over $1billion in property damage and took over portions of other US cities.
In addition, the progressive’s systematic destruction of America’s social norms is further fueled by sanctuary city policies that have created an environment whereby illegal aliens account for 25% of murders, 24% of all federal drug arrests, 25% of all federal property arrests and 28% of all federal fraud arrests.
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4. Ensuring Election Integrity and Eliminating Political Persecution of American Citizens
My Positions: (1) I reject and will oppose the current movement by left-wing progressives in Congress to federalize elections. In other words, they are attempting to take control of the dates, locations, and manner by which states administer their elections. As a member of Congress, it would be my duty to preserve states’ rights in governing their own elections, including their right to enact laws constituting a strong commitment to election integrity that should minimally include: (I) a voter ID and citizenship verification requirement, (II) making ballot harvesting a crime, (III) procedures for maintaining voter roll integrity for each election cycle, (IV) the right of candidates (or their representative) to be able to fairly and adequately observe the vote counting process, (V) a meaningful and immediate escalation process when fraud is being observed, (VI) mail-in ballots having a cut-off of receipt before the polls close on election day, (VII) no indiscriminate mailing of mail-in ballots, but instead, be available only upon request on a per election basis, (VIII) no automatic registrations, and (IX) state legislatures retaining jurisdiction to sue their state’s executive branch or election officials who attempt to make unauthorized changes/waivers to election laws.
(2) I support federal legislation that (I) prohibits state agencies or local officials from soliciting or accepting funds from corporations, unions or any other non-government entity or individual for the purpose of funding election related expenses or voter related activity except for donated space for polling locations on election day, and (II) Imposes increased civil and criminal penalties for election fraud by state officials and voter fraud by individuals.
(3) To restore American's faith in the election system, I support a full Congressional investigation into 2020 election fraud.
Background: If Congress were to seize control of the election process, it would result in a complete and politically corrupt election system. Specifically they attempt to manipulate the system so as to secure their permanent control of Congress and create a nation of one-party rule. The Elections Regulations Clause, being Article I, Section 4, Clause 1 of the U.S. Constitution, provides that “The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing [modern word is now “choosing”] Senators.” During the drafting of the Constitution, the anti-federalists argued that Congress’ ability to alter regulations would result in its members manipulating election laws so that they could stay in office indefinitely. On the other hand, Alexander Hamilton (one of the original framers of the Constitution) remarked in The Federalist No. 59, “every government ought to contain within itself the means of its own preservation.” He felt that this created a reasonable compromise that gave Congress such power to be exercised only “whenever extraordinary circumstances might render that interposition necessary to its safety.” In other words, the framers made it clear that the clause was to be taken literally with the states having the primary power of determining the dates, locations, and conditions under which elections for federal Senators and Representatives would be conducted. Congress, on the other hand, would only intervene if necessary to keep the states from dissolving Congress by failing to hold elections. It is also clear from the Constitution that Congress has no authority over the dates, locations, and conditions of state-wide (non-Federal) elections. Contrary to progressives’ arguments of voter suppression, over the years the people have made appropriate provisions for the protection of citizens’ rights to vote through Constitutional Amendments including the 15th, 17th, 19th, 24th and 26th Amendments. Clearly, the liberal progressives in Congress are once again ignoring the Constitution’s protections afforded states and their citizens through an attempted power grab with their voluminous 735 page “Freedom to Vote” bill, which in reality is a Freedom to Cheat bill.
Eliminating Political Persecution of American Citizens
My Positions: (1) I will support legislation that imposes civil and criminal penalties for any employee or contractor of a federal or state agency that willfully engages in political persecution and repression of citizens lawfully exercising their Constitutional rights.
(2) Parents have a right to not only have a voice in determining the content of the education their children receive, but also be completely informed as to the form and content of such education and materials used. Therefore, I will propose legislation that will mandate curriculum transparency by any academic institution receiving federal funds. Such legislation would also provide for civil and criminal penalties for any academic institution and/or its staff that willfully engages in any act or practice intended to conceal from a minor’s parents the content or existence of any counseling, education, as well as any formal or informal program, materials or media created or shown by or through the institution or its staff.
(3) To restore American's faith in Government, I will support a full Congressional investigation into political spying and perjury through the use of government personnel and resources so as to undermine the administration freely elected in 2016.
Background: Political persecution and repression occurs when a state or federal entity engages in control of citizens by force, coercion or intimidation for political reasons, particularly for the purpose of restricting or preventing a citizen's ability to take part in political life or discourse. House Judiciary Republicans reported receiving a whistleblower disclosure providing evidence that federal law enforcement used counterterrorism resources at the behest of a left-wing special interests group in persecuting parents of schoolchildren. This action was triggered by a letter sent by the National School Boards Association (“NSBA”) which sought to categorize parents (who were concerned about school curriculum) as domestic terrorists. Later released internal emails revealed that the NSBA coordinated with the White House and the Department of Justice before sending President Biden the notorious letter that politically branded concerned parents as domestic terrorists. The whistleblower disclosure also indicated that a FBI and federal agency directive instructed that they should use the Patriot Act and other tools to go after these parents (in other words the use of intrusive spying techniques). Although the administration’s attorney general, Merrick Garland, denied any political motive, any reasonable person would conclude that this was a politically motivated action taken by the Biden administration after coordination with the NSBA so as to intimidate parents.
It is also undisputed that FBI employees engaged in falsifying documents used to obtain FISA warrants which would allow surveillance on political adversaries to the Clinton campaign. Individuals within federal agencies abused NSA surveillance databases against Americans, used unreliable DNC-funded propaganda to spy on the Trump campaign, perpetuated the Russia hoax, and repeatedly lied to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
FBI lawyer, Kevin Clinesmith, pleaded guilty earlier in 2020 to tampering with federal documents. Specifically, he altered an email from the CIA that confirmed that Carter Page, Trump campaign’s former foreign policy adviser, had worked with the agency. Clinesmith altered it in a manner that made it indicate the opposite. He only received a 12 month probation sentence and a short and temporary suspension of his license as an attorney. In other cases of this magnitude, an attorney falsifying criminal case evidence routinely receives jail time and has their license revoked.
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5. Keeping American Free, Promoting Personal Achievement and Middle Class Growth
Keeping America Free and Promoting Personal Growth
My Positions: (1) To be sure, I will aggressively oppose the progressive socialists’ efforts to transform America's social, political and economic system into a globalist communist style society through their "reset capitalism" movement. Instead, I will protect, preserve and defend our American capitalist system which has produced the greatest sustained economic prosperity in the history of the world.
(2) I will support legislation that fosters inter-economic class advancement as well as preservation of free choice, personal achievement and growth of the middle class so as to be consistent with the capitalist values established by our country's founders.
(3) I will also reject socialist indoctrination in our academic institutions; and in particular, the use of critical race theory (CRT) and other progressive programs intended to manufacture religious, class, race and gender distrust, hatred and conflict. As such, I will continue to 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. Our country can only socially advance when individuals are judged on, and benefit from, the merits of individual 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 of 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’ deceptive programs designed, in part, to keep our minority communities socially segregated and permanently anchored to limited growth so as to relegate them to political control and a reduced standard of living.
Background: Our free-market society promotes free choice, grows the middle class, and creates incentives that encourages personal achievement from unmatched opportunity. Socialism on the other hand, produces ever increasing control by government, loss of personal choice and opportunity, 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. Socialism is a false promise of a comfortable and equitable standard of living for everyone that is to be accomplished through centralized government control, redistribution of wealth and income taken from those that have earned and saved it. The reality is that everyone is reduced to a low standard of living with no real prospect of economic growth and loss of personal freedoms (except for the political elite and their chosen few).
Our country is currently at a dangerous crossroads. The COVID-19 pandemic has produced unprecedented economic conditions with many people losing their jobs, thousands of businesses closed, and access to travel and public facilities being limited. At a meeting of world powers also attended by Al Gore and John Kerry, to discuss a Great Reset of Capitalism, Prince Charles was quoted as saying "We have a golden opportunity to seize something good from this crisis—its unprecedented shockwaves may well make people more receptive to big visions of change . . . It is an opportunity we have never had before and may never have again." The Great Reset is the vision of Klaus Schwab (the head of the World Economic Forum) to transform the world into a global socialist and Marxist style society. Schwab is quoted in one of his articles as writing “Every country, from the United States to China, must participate, and every industry, from oil and gas to tech, must be transformed . . . In short, we need a ‘Great Reset’ of capitalism." John Kerry (who is Biden's U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate) firmly declared that the Biden administration will support the Great Reset and that the Great Reset “will happen with greater speed and with greater intensity than a lot of people might imagine.” Their plan involves using inflammatory scare tactics to create a "crisis atmosphere." By using a manufactured crisis, citizens would become receptive to dramatically increased power of the government and expansive new social programs as well as use vast regulatory schemes to coerce corporations into supporting a social, economic and political transformation.
A Real Wage Increase to Support Personal Economic Growth
My Position: We need to give hard working Americans larger paychecks without wasteful government involvement and an inflationary impact that would immediately negate that benefit. 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.
Background: To begin with, wage changes such as the substantial changes to the minimum wage suggested by progressives only provide an economic benefit to workers for a month or two after each increase. This is because each change also increases the cost of goods and services sold to consumers by virtue of the significant increase in labor costs. As a result, suppliers of those goods and services must also raise prices to consumers in order to offset the additional labor costs. When the cost of goods and services to consumers persistently 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 about $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 or even goes down.
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 for the same work. 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 initially translates directly to one less dollar in government revenue, there is a corresponding positive effect, 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 and sales.
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6. Eliminating China's Strategic and Corrupt Influence over Government, Media, Academic Institutions and American Industry as well as Taking Action against China's Crimes Against Humanity
CCP's Corrupt Influence over Government, Media,
Academic Institutions and American Industry
My Positions: (1) I reject and condemn the communist China party’s (“CCP”) strategic and corrupt influence over our government, media, academic institutions and American industry. Just as with prohibitions on the domestic abuse of Americans by monopolies, the abuse of America’s open society and free market system by foreign countries’ to the detriment of U.S. citizens and national security must end. I will diligently work to introduce and/or co-sponsor legislation that for one, will expand the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and its companion laws and rules (such as SEC regulations). These changes will not only prohibit U.S. citizens and entities from bribing foreign government officials to benefit their domestic business, but would additionally include civil and criminal penalties associated with U.S. citizens, entities and foreign actors who bribe or coerce U.S. government officials, individuals, businesses and academic institutions for the predatory gain of foreign governments and foreign controlled businesses. This will be especially applicable to conduct constituting a compromise of national security as well as destabilizing effects to U.S. political, economic and social institutions. In other words, the common practice of “pay for play” to the detriment of America must come to an end. I will also support legislation that will mandate the divestment of foreign controlling interests in critical U.S. industries.
(2) As for one measure directed at China's predatory influence over the U.S., I will support legislation that prohibits pension investments in businesses employing slave labor or otherwise supporting China's military complex. This includes legislative changes to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act ("ERISA") whereby pension funds and managers are prohibited from placing Federal, state and 401K pension/retirement fund investments in China businesses as well as other non-NATO alliance partners.
Background: The United Front is a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) political strategy that involves various networks of groups and key individuals in government, academics, American industry and media, who are influenced or controlled by the CCP. A U.S. House investigation confirmed that CCP members, either sitting on the boards or holding executive positions in American firms, are known to be advancing China’s initiatives in acquiring technology and penetrating U.S. markets to pressure local, state, and federal executives and legislatures to take actions that benefit China. This includes such actions as the National Institute of Health (NIH) suppressing genetic data from the Wuhan Lab, which interfered with the public's scrutiny concerning China's cover up of its intentional, or negligent, release of COVID 19. It is also reported that Chinese firms and investors (as fronts for the CCP) own a controlling majority in nearly 2,400 U.S. companies. These include substantial businesses operating in the industry segments of: entertainment, media, energy, health care, technology, communications, automotive, food, aerospace, machinery, and mining. Nothing can highlight the problem better than when Nike’s chief executive was quoted as stating that “Nike is a brand that is of China and for China.” While the U.S. currently grants China permission to buy U.S. companies, China does not allow U.S. companies to operate the same way in its country. In addition, China requires companies to share data with its communist spy agencies. As an example of how this problem compromises U.S. national security, China (through Lenovo) has acquired IBM’s PC computer and server technology including the technological knowledge underlying the x86 architecture which allows the Chinese government to hack into any computer using the Intel x86 architecture and remain virtually undetected.
As reported by Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, the largest public pension fund in the nation has a long and cozy relationship with China. While China is cited for having 12 different industries that use slave labor (consisting of children, Falun Gong practitioners, Uyghurs, Christians, and democracy activists) to make the products that they then sell to the U.S., incredibly American pension funds invest extensively in those companies. While it is the role of ERISA to ensure pension funds are invested only in suitable and financially safe investments, it must also include that suitable investments also takes national security interests into account as well as prohibits investments in countries or business that would otherwise be in violation of U.S. laws.
Crimes Against Humanity
My Position: I also condemn the CCP’s billion-dollar, state-sanctioned murder-for-organs industry. Accordingly, I support the 2021 Senate Bill 602 and corresponding House Bill HR 1592 “the Stop Forced Organ Harvesting Act of 2021” (denying or revoking the passports of people who engage in the illegal purchase of organs as well as prohibiting the U.S. export of organ transplant surgery devices to foreign entities associated with that criminal practice). I also support the addition of other sanctions currently excluded under the draft version of those bills.
Background: The human rights abuses against Tibetans, Falun Gong practitioners, Uyghurs, Christians, democracy activists, and others who are victims of the CCP’s practice of forced organ harvesting, forced sterilization, forced labor, arbitrary detention, and murder are crimes against humanity and genocide. The extent of these crimes against humanity are at a level not seen since the period of time from 1933 to 1945 where German concentration camps operated including, but not limited to, Dachua, which operated as a medical experimentation center and facility for mass murder and extermination of Jews. China has been one of the top destinations for transplant tourism, as Chinese hospitals offer organ transplants from forced harvesting with very short wait times. As part of China’s corrupt programs of influence, the CCP seeks to tear down western standards of ethics so as to basically make forced organ harvesting the common standard in transplant medicine.
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7. Eliminating America's Dependency on Foreign Countries for Energy and Critical Goods Manufacturing
Restoring America's Energy Independence
My Position: I support legislation and as well as amended federal regulations that would once again restore the U.S. to energy independence (effectively by reversing Biden’s January 20, 2021 Executive Order).
Background: On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed an executive order that halted not only the XL Keystone Pipeline project, but numerous other natural gas and energy production resources while claiming that the move was part of his administration’s larger agenda to tackle a projected climate crisis. American citizens and businesses have been plagued with false reports from the EPA (such the case of Washington State Dairy Federation v. EPA whereby dairy farms were strong-armed into an enforcement agreement based on a faulty report). Further, the U.S. carbon footprint is 14% of world Co2 emissions while China is over 29%; and unless the U.S. is able to obtain an equitable world-wide consensus on carbon emission requirements, the U.S. will not only be reduced to economic ruin while other countries flourish, but no beneficial results will be achieved on a global basis.
The administration’s disingenuous and short-sighted measure has had disastrous results including, but not limited to, (I) skyrocketing prices at the gas pump and home energy, (II) an immediate shortfall in available fuel for transportation and electric generation for homes and business, (III) a renewed intent to transport Canada’s oil-sands crude to U.S. refineries by more-carbon-intensive rail as supplies from Mexico and Venezuela decline, and (IV) the energy company TC Energy seeking $15 billion in damages from the United States government as a result of the U.S. Government’s breach of its NAFTA obligations. Amazingly, Biden has now asked OPEC to increase more expensive oil production as lower income Americans already struggle to pay both increased prices at the pump, and increased consumer prices due to its inflationary effect. Inflation is now at a level not seen in 40 years. Even more disastrous is the fact that in January 2022, Biden commenced importing record amounts of oil from Russia’s energy industry because U.S. fossil fuel demand remains the same after Biden seriously impaired the U.S. energy supply. Russia’s energy industry has been further bolstered by the fact that Biden allowed Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline into western Europe to continue without objection. While the administration’s policy change has created no measurable environmental benefit, it has fortified the OPEC and Russia energy industry at the expense of American citizens and U.S. security. It has also increased Russia’s economic resources that have bolstered its territorial conquest capability and genocide of Ukrainians.
Securing America's Supply Chain for Critical
and Strategic Goods and Materials
My Position: Due to profound negligence and corruption, the U.S. now finds itself in the untenable position of literally being exposed to a functional shut down on a national basis at the sole discretion of foreign powers. I support legislation for incorporation in the National Defense Authorization Act that will eliminate foreign dependency and supply chain disruptions as associated with critical and strategic goods/materials required for national defense applications.
Background: Among other dependencies on foreign nations, China is capable of weaponizing U.S. supply chain vulnerabilities that threaten our national security and it has in fact threatened to cut supplies to defense contractors. For example, the U.S. has a negligible amount of rare earth element (“REE”) production; however, China on the other hand accounts for more than 80 percent of the world's supply. These REE materials are necessary components for a wide range of defense applications including electronic displays, guidance systems, lasers, radar and sonar systems to name a few.
My Position: I will also support legislation that will return manufacturing of critical consumer resources back to U.S. control.
Background: China currently produces 97 percent of U.S. antibiotics and approximately 80 percent of active pharmaceutical ingredients used in American drugs, which gives the Chinese Communist Party absolute control of American’s drug supply as well as the stability of the American healthcare industry. In March of 2020, China threatened to cutoff drug supplies in the middle of the COVID 19 pandemic if the U.S. did not accept the false narrative that COVID 19 was a naturally occurring event as opposed to a lab accident in China’s Wuhan lab. Also, REE materials are required for components of more than 200 products across a wide range of strategically important consumer products such as cellular telephones, computer hard drives, computer chips, electric and hybrid vehicles, flat-screen monitors, and televisions. This health, safety and security risk must be addressed as a top priority.
My Position: I will support federal action that will restore freedom of movement to transportation workers amid persistent COVID-19 restrictions and quarantines.
Background: As stated in a joint letter from the International Air Transport Association, the International Road Transport Union, and the International Transport Workers’ Federation, who collectively represent 65 million transport workers around the world: “global supply chains are beginning to buckle as two years’ worth of strain on transport workers take their toll” that is rapidly leading to a worldwide supply-chain “system collapse.”
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8. Replacing Obama Care (The "ACA") with a Sensible Healthcare System for All
My Position: I will be proposing legislation that takes a new approach to reform and redesign the healthcare system in order to take advantage of untapped efficiencies and opportunities for individual health coverage and care. These reforms include a new approach to health insurance that utilizes a non-government, and non-profit, central purchasing authority and administrator organization. It will also include changes to medical device and prescription drug procurement and distribution that takes advantage of nationwide efficiencies versus state limitations. The plan also includes reforms to administrative processes, restores health decisions to be made solely between the patient and their doctor as well as reduces system over-usage caused by the Obamacare design. The system redesign is targeted to 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 would remain in place.
Background: While healthcare is not mandated or otherwise recognized by the U.S. Constitution as a right, Americans nevertheless consider healthcare to be so important that they nevertheless now consider it to be a fundamental right. This prompted the movement for a complete government takeover of our healthcare system. The first attempt at that concept was The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly referred to as "Obamacare"). The resulting enactment of that law gave us a government sanctioned insurance monopoly that has evolved into a system of runaway premiums, excessive deductibles and a rising uninsured population. This transformation has also lead to health insurance that fails to match an individual’s needs, loss of personal choice of a doctor, interference in medical decisions, surprise billing, coercive penalties, and unequal treatment of uninsured individuals with respect to the cost of identical treatment/care from the same doctor and/or facility. (See Note 1)
Note 1: Why the ACA has failed and is otherwise unsustainable:
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “Act” and as commonly referred to as “Obamacare”) was enacted as Public Law 111-148 on March 23, 2010 and contained the stated purpose in Title 1 as “QUALITY, AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE FOR ALL AMERICANS” which it has failed to achieve.
While median household income in the United States between 2008 and 2018 grew 1.9% per year on average, rising from $53,000 to $64,202, middle-class employees' premium and deductible contributions rose much faster by nearly 6% per year over that same period. In 2008, middle-class workers spent about 7.8% of household income on premiums and deductibles; however, that figure climbed to 11.5% by 2018. ABC News reporting 11/21/19. One should note that the foregoing is an average and individuals in the lower end of the middle class had premiums and deductibles reach an unmanageable 20% or more of their income.
Sign-ups in 2022 for Obamacare insurance are 14.5 million people. Citing from Daily Caller). In other words, only 4.3% of the US population (14.5 million out of 332.5 million) qualified and signed up to receive all or some amount of a government subsidy. Therefore, Obamacare does not cover over 20 million Americans as the Democrat leadership has repeatedly implied during discussions on a repeal and replace plan. Also, a large percent of the 14.5 million still have to pay a significant portion of the premium because they earn between 300 and 400 percent of the federal poverty line of $12,880, meaning the individual income cutoff point for the full subsidy is $51,520 for an individual (for families of two, then a $17,420 poverty line and a $69,680 cutoff).
Obamacare originally promised that all Americans would have access to healthcare while allowing individuals to keep their doctor as well as their healthcare plan. In addition, Americans were told that their plan costs would go down as much as $1,200.00 per year. It is undisputed that Americans lost their plans and their doctors (due to restructure requirements under the Act and doctors not qualifying, or not signing up, for these new restructured plans). Further, insurance coverage costs more than doubled with younger individuals spending an average of $7,100 in annual premiums for single coverage and $20,576 for family coverage with average deductibles of $8,500 per person. Even worse, individuals over 45 and elderly middle class citizens (ages 55-64) pay a disproportionate share of these premiums averaging 22,000.00 per year for a husband and wife. These rates will increase dramatically as long term tax assessments begin to phase in as is provided for under the Act. After considering these facts, a rational person can only conclude that spending over $30,000 out of pocket (premiums and deductibles) is fundamentally the same as being uninsured. The original mandate (that was later abated after President Trump took office), originally drove lower middle income Americans (representing over half of the US population), into below middle income status and a significantly reduced their standard of living. Forced with having to choose between an unreasonable, and many cases an unsustainable, reduction in their standard of living or obtain insurance, Obamacare created an entirely new class of uninsured individuals, consisting of those with lower and center middle class incomes (those who don’t quality for government subsidies and can’t afford coverage because of skyrocketing premiums). Citing conclusion from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Currently, over 30 million Americans are uninsured.
Given the above, it is undisputed that (1) the loss of an individuals’ preferred physician, (2) the loss of healthcare plans individuals relied upon for years, and (3) the implicit uninsured status of over 50% of the US population (either from not qualifying for government subsidies, being unable to afford coverage, or from having to pay excessive premiums and deductibles that makes the concept of insurance completely illusory) is not QUALITY, AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE FOR ALL AMERICANS. Further, the Act originally contained additional oppressive provisions so as to coerce participation in Obamacare such as imposing a “tax penalty” on individuals who could not afford to pay the excessive premiums and deductibles. Until this portion of the Act was repealed by the Trump administration, many Americans were forced into uninsured status while at the same time had their standard of living further reduced by a tax penalty of more than $2,000.00. Also, the Act imposed a $2,000.00 per employee penalty on employers with over 50 full time employees and who could not afford an employer plan. As a result, many employers reduced their full time staff below 50 thereby further damaging working class Americans by decreased opportunity for full time employment. The Biden administration is discussing plans to re-impose the mandate and as time progresses, the number of uninsured will substantially increase as premiums continue to rise due to the design of the plan and inability of insurers to offer plans that conform to the Act’s requirements.
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9. Protecting the Unborn
My Position: 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 counseling for alternative choices and informed consent, and ultimately restrictions that are minimally consistent with the Texas Heartbeat Law.
Background: 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 actually born alive, the doctor is prohibited from terminating its life) was defeated by the Democrat Congress.
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10. Supporting Israel and Middle East Stability
My Position: I will pursue legislation to ensure security for the Jewish community that includes aggressively opposing the BDS movement, and radical Islamic and Neo Nazi movements’ oppression of American Jews. I support the Abraham Accords and associated middle east normalization with Israel, Israel’s sovereignty over the strategic Golan Heights, and its legal rights to civilian settlements in the West Bank. I also support the defunding of organizations such as UNWRA that funnel funds to terrorist groups. That includes addressing the Biden administration’s violations of the Taylor Force Act (which had stopped American economic aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) until the PA ceases paying stipends to individuals who commit acts of terrorism and to the families of deceased terrorists). I will also continue to oppose Barack Obama’s call for Israel to return to the pre-1967 borders.
Background: 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 was never approved by Congress. This cash ended up in the hands of Hezbollah and Hamas among other terrorist organizations. What the world got in return was merely a delay in Iran’s nuclear weapons program for 10 years (until 2025) and a delay in ballistic missile development for 8 years (until 2023), all with no real meaningful inspection rights.
The Democrat Congress has declined to meaningfully denounce anti-Semitic rhetoric in Congress itself. They have also failed to support Israel and Jews in America even though the majority of hate crimes are committed against members of the Jewish community. In 2021 the Biden administration openly violated the Taylor Force Act which had stopped American economic aid to the PA until the PA ceases paying stipends to individuals who commit acts of terrorism and to the families of deceased terrorists. Specifically, the administration in 2021 provided $15 million for a COVID-19 containment project as well as $75 million of general economic support in March. Those funds were followed by a package that included $150 million for UNRWA in April, which Trump had previously cut altogether.
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11. Rational Programs for Preserving the Environment and Florida Waterways
My Position: While the state legislature should take the lead on this issue and require the municipalities to comply with waste water treatment and disposal system designs approved by the EPA, I would promote projects qualifying for Federal assistance so as to address this issue, just as was done with the Kissimmee River Restoration project, authorized by Congress in 1992.
Background: Many Florida utilities rely on aging sewage systems. Some have not been upgraded since the 1950s. The dumping of raw sewage into ecosystems such as the Indian River Lagoon or Tampa Bay is disaster in progress, and passing off nutrient-laden, partially treated sewage as irrigation water is also a source for damage to the eco system. Locally, the most unacceptable system is the way Miami/Dade and Broward counties dump partially treated sewage offshore via discharge pipes onto dying coral reefs. Among an assortment of damages associated with pollution to the water table, a number of studies have shown that nutrients from sewage pollution can also fuel the harmful algal blooms presently damaging both coasts. There is no reason why municipalities cannot address this problem as Article 7 of Florida’s Constitution explicitly authorizes local governments and the state to issue bonds for capital improvements, including wastewater management. As Florida has an AAA rating on bond obligations, these municipalities can issue general obligation bonds that can be serviced by water revenues received from users thereby creating a funding source without increasing taxes. CLICK TO GO BACK TO TOP