PRESIDENT GIVENS: Why I Would Make a Better President Than Any of the Ones Who Wanted the Job!
Over a period of 10 years, various iterations of this plan were sent to Gov. Sarah Palin both by e-mail and snail mail. I don’t know if she never got it, she is not smart enough to recognize a winning strategy when he sees one or she doesn’t want to be President. These ideas do not “push the envelope” they tear the envelope apart!
Then I gave it into the hands of Mr. Frank Fiorina I don’t know if Carly never got it, is too stupid to recognize a winning strategy when she sees one or didn’t want to be President.
Then I put it into the hands of Sen. Ted Cruz’ Nevada campaign manager and e-mailed it several times to the e-mail address to which Cruz referred me. I don’t know if he never got it, is too stupid to recognize a winning strategy when he sees one or didn’t want to be President.
I then e-mailed it to the Trump campaign headquarters. I don’t know if Mr. Trump never got it or is too stupid to recognize a winning strategy. These ideas are so far “out of the box” that most people can’t comprehend them. OR MAYBE THEY ARE JUST STUPID IDEAS — YOU DECIDE.
I was born on 29 January 1944. I just turned 35 but I must look much younger. Whenever I tell someone that I am 35, they just can’t hardly believe it! Having just turned 35 in January, and being a native-born American, I am now qualified to be President. Like General Sherman, “If nominated, I shall not run. If elected I shall not serve!” Actually, if elected I would serve. I would be the best kind of President — I don’t emotionally need the job, I don’t want the job but I COULD DO THE JOB! Not since Washington has there been such a President.
The Republican National convention was held from 18 – 21 July 2016. On Thursday the 18th, I would have given the following speech. Here are the guts stripped of all boilerplate.
GUTS OF SPEECH BEGINS
I will totally reorganize the Executive Branch of the U.S. government. Here is a plan for a smaller more effective federal government that supporters of all the other candidates, past, present and suggested, can get behind. From the get-go, I will run on this plan. All 17 of the seriously proposed Republican contenders for the nomination will be offered a significant post in my administration. Since these positions are both political and administrative, I don’t want to miss an appointee or fire one. If a serious contender is unable or unwilling to fulfill the requirements of the position, I will place a competent deputy under him to fulfill the requirements in his stead — the Chinese concept of “form without content.”
Once appointed every appointee will have Presidential authority and power. All of them will work to raise money and get votes as part of the Givens Presidential campaign as though he were running for President himself!
I have a vision for America! I see a great, powerful and prosperous nation. I see America as a great place to raise children because it provides a quality education second to none. I see a democracy whose government runs within its means and does only those things that states, counties, cities, families or individuals cannot do for themselves.
To lure business and manufacturing back to the U.S., I will use my powers as President to reduce taxation by eliminating the income tax and the more insidious tax of regulation. This will cut the price of most products manufactured in the U.S. by from 30 to 50 percent. Imagine a 200 thousand dollar house will cost only 100 to 140 thousand dollars!
But businesses need more than low taxation and low regulation. They need a well-educated and willing work force. I will help you provide that!
They need a stable and efficient government that operates within its means. I will provide that.
They need laws that everyone can understand. The civil and criminal codes of the United States are just too big. I will reduce them drastically.
We need a President who is a non-politician. We have one in Mr. Donald J. Trump let’s see how he performs. “The Donald” has a great vision but it seems hazy. There is too much, “I will hire the best people and make it happen.”
I have a vision that is clear. Here is what I would do….
First since the Supreme Court has a vacancy, I shall nominate Sen. Rafael E. "Ted" Cruz to fill that vacancy.
I will totally reorganize the Executive Branch of the U.S. government. There is a basic principle of organization that has been in effect, at least, since the Roman military organization. It has been largely forgotten by modern bureaucracies except in the warrior elements of the military. The basic principle is: No one can effectively supervise more than five people simultaneously. Four is best. One corporal and four privates makes up an infantry fire team — the basic unit of organization of Armies since Sargon II in the eighth century B.C. Two to four fire teams make a squad. Two to four squads make a platoon. Two to four platoons make a company etc. I will reorganize the government along these lines.
Here is a plan for a smaller more effective federal government that supporters of all the other candidates, past, present and suggested, can get behind. From the get-go, I will run on this plan. All of the seriously proposed Republican contenders for the nomination will be offered a significant post in my administration.
I will offer all of the 17 Republican candidates a position in the Givens Administration. Once appointed every appointee will have the necessary Presidential authority and power to accomplish his mission. In most cases his mission will be to do away with his department, bureau or agency. All of them will also work to raise money and get votes as part of the Givens Presidential campaign as though he were running for President himself!
When inaugurated, I shall immediately withdraw all executive orders signed by President Obama and all previous Presidents. I shall ask Congress to bring up all laws passed by the Obama Administration for repeal immediately. I will not repeal ObamaCare. I will repeal the entire Obama administration! I am prochoice! I choose to abort the Obama administration!
First I will tear up the Iran deal. Then, I will replace ObamaCare with a free enterprise plan controlled by the patient. Dr. Benjamin S. "Ben" Carson will do this for me as my Surgeon General. He will tell you how he will do that tomorrow.
I will reduce my immediate subordinates to four. I will combine the responsibilities of all of the departments, bureaus, agencies, commissions and tzardoms into three departments — the Department of Interior, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Treasury. They and their direct subordinates down the chain of command will each have no more than five direct subordinates. I will have, as my direct subordinates, a Vice-President/Chief-of-Staff, a Secretary of the Interior, a Secretary of Foreign Affairs and a Secretary of the Treasury. Each will have the authority to act within his bailiwick like the commander of a well-run military unit. He has Presidential authority and power delegated to him. Command responsibility cannot be delegated. I recognize that I, and I alone, am totally responsible for everything that happens or fails to happen during my term. My direct subordinates are responsible to me for everything that happens or fails to happen during their term. And so on down the chain. This reorganization is not the typical Washington superimposition of another bureaucracy over several agencies. The first job of my appointees is to make their departments smaller!
I am a progressive! When you are going the wrong way, a U-turn is progress! Don’t worry folks any essential service done by the federal government now will continue to be done — better. I am just eliminating bureaucracy, redundancy and inefficiency! Do we really need more than 350 separate federal offices devoted to job training? Most of the loss of jobs will be accomplished through attrition — when a government employee quits, retires or is fired, he will not be replaced from outside. If his function is imperative, someone whose job has been cut will be moved into his position.
VICE PRESIDENT/CHIEF OF STAFF.
The Vice President/Chief of Staff will run the day-to-day operation of the Administration. He will need both executive and political experience. Gov. Willard M. “Mitt” Romney has a lot of executive and political experience. He will be an excellent V.P./C.o.S. Directly under the V.P./C.o.S. will be the Communications Director whose job it will be to keep you informed of everything your government is doing — unless it is classified. Gov. Sarah H. Palin will fill that position.
THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR.
The Department of Interior will be in charge of everything the federal government does within the jurisdiction of the United States. The primary job of my Secretary of Interior will be to streamline the Federal government, consolidate federal programs, do away with as many of them as possible and turn the others over to the states.
I will appoint Gov. John Ellis "Jeb" Bush Secretary of the Interior. Gov. Scott K. Walker will be Director of the Bureau of Labor. He has experience at union busting so he will institute a policy, including necessary legislation, whereby no one is forced to join a union in order to get or keep a job. The Secretary of Interior’s primary job will be to severely reduce the size of Government. He will set up a task force to deal with this. As V.P./C.o.S., Romney can be intimately involved in this. I am sure Romney knows a lot of people who could help. Mr. Herman Cain also has years of experience at making organizations more efficient. No doubt, Cain has good contacts too. Mr. Donald J. Trump knows how to do this too. The Republican Presidential field of governors also have executive experience. Bush can include any or all of in his taskforce.
Sen. Marco A. Rubio, will be the director of the Bureau of Energy and the Bureau of Environmental Protection. He will shut both down. Gov. Richard J. "Rick" Santorum will head the Bureau of Commerce he will be charged with shutting most of it down. The only purpose for the Bureau of Commerce will be to ensure that states, counties and cities do not inflict unfair taxes or regulation on the goods and services from other states, counties and cities.
All gifts, grants and transfers of money will be phased out within four years. To give something to someone, a government must first steal it from someone else. Someone much more important than the President of the United States says, “Thou shalt not steal.”
I could do this immediately but the beneficiaries of these payments need time to adjust so they can do this within the first four years of my administration. I will cut all payments by 25% of the current payment each year. This money and responsibility will be transferred to the states. Hopefully, the states will have the good sense to shut most of these programs down. If not, in four years they will have to pay for them.
Individuals on federal assistance will get an additional year of grace. While they are having their payments reduced, individuals on any federal public assistance will be allowed to work for one year without losing any of it, then they will get 75% for a year, then 50%, 25% and finally 0% of their public assistance in order to get them into the workaday world. Whether they choose to work or not their assistance will be cut by 25% per year. All of the funds used for those who are truly unable to work, the aged, infirm and disabled shall be block granted to the states according to the percentages above. The states shall allow religious and secular nonprofit organizations to determine who is truly disabled and who is not. As these transfers of funds are reduced the states and nonprofits can make up as much of the difference as they desire.
Disabled veterans are a federal responsibility. Their benefits will not be cut. They will be enhanced, retroactively, according to the “shadow inflation rate” — the true inflation rate. Check out http://www.shadowstats.com
Regarding the Veterans Health Administration I have a solution to its current problems. I will offer veterans, their dependents and widows the Congressional health insurance program. This plan was designed for the lords of the realm (Representatives) and the princes of the realm (Senators). Since it was designed for the American nobility, it is excellent. I will offer veterans the same insurance our Senators get. Those veterans with 100% coverage under the V.A. system would get the insurance free. Others will have to pay for this coverage according to their current V.A. copayment percentage.
While the health care available at the Veteran’s Health Administration is excellent, the bureaucracy is typically governmental – a disaster. I have a solution to this too.
I will sell all of the Veterans Health Administration facilities, with no strings attached, to civilian medical providers. Civilian medical providers are businessmen. In short order they will clear the dead bureaucratic wood out of these medical facilities and make them profitable. If they can’t, it is their problem.
These two steps will solve the V.A. medical administration’s problems and save the government money!
The Secretary of Interior will transfer the Social Security Administration to a mandatory I.R.A. Gov. Bush will tell you how he will do that tomorrow.
All laws currently on the books will be repealed on the year of the last digit of the statute number. Once repealed or, if necessary, before they are repealed they may be reintroduced. To be enacted or renewed, a law must first be proved by its advocates that it is a constitutionally mandated activity of the federal government and that it shall provide or did provide the beneficial results intended. It may not exceed 1000 words in length and it must be easily understood by anyone with a sixth-grade education. All legislation must have an expiration date not later than 10 years after it is enacted.
Within Interior will be the Surgeon General, Dr. Carson. He will be in charge of all functions previously controlled by the Department of Health and Human Services. He will sell the Center for Disease Control and all other federal medical research and regulation agencies. Medical research and regulation can be done at a profit. As a part of his job as Surgeon General, Carson will also be in charge of all health and welfare agencies in the Department of the Interior.
Within Interior will be the Attorney General as head of the Bureau of Justice. All Federal law enforcement agencies will be consolidated under the Bureau of Justice. I will name this organization the “United States Marshal Service” because of the historical significance of that organization. Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., a no nonsense law enforcement officer, will be good in this job. Under the Bureau of Justice will be the Office of Homeland Security. The Director shall be James S. "Jim" Gilmore III with the mission to do away with it altogether -- law enforcement by its nature is homeland security!
The marshals will enforce the law. This will get rid of all regulatory agencies. The Environmental Protection Agency will go away but the U.S. Marshal Service will grow a little to enforce environmental laws. Environmentalists will have an opportunity to make some money as bounty hunters or rats. If the law says, “No one may discharge cyanide into a waterway,” an environmental wacko can make some money taking water samples upstream and downstream from a polluter. If analysis proves that cyanide exists in the water downstream that does not exist upstream he reports it to the U.S. Marshals. If it is determined that the company is, in fact, polluting the water, the company will have to clean up its mess, its act and pay a huge fine which will be shared with the rat/bounty hunter. If an employee “rats out” his own company he will not have to worry about losing his job. His share of the fine will be so massive that the “rat” can retire!
One of Justice’s functions will be to control the borders. The A.G. can create a “task force” to coordinate this with the Army, Navy and Air Force and severely punish employers of illegal aliens. The A.G. will fold the Department of Immigration and Naturalization into Justice as the Office of Immigration and Naturalization. The Office of Immigration and Naturalization; shall be charged with taking control of our immigration process, finding and deporting all illegal aliens. This can be done humanely and efficiently. Rep. Tom Tancredo will be appointed to this position. He will tell you how he will take control of immigration tomorrow.
Don’t regulate, legislate! The Bureau of Labor and all other regulatory agencies will cease all regulation. All Federal regulation will stop immediately. We must get legislative functions now in the executive branch back to Congress and judicial functions now in the executive branch back to the judiciary. If Congress wants to forbid a practice, legislate.
The Director of the Bureau of Education will be charged with shutting down the Department of Education. All transfers of money to states, school districts or schools will be stopped immediately. All money budgeted for the Department of Education will be sent to the parents of the children as a voucher. These payments will be phased out in my first four years. All big city, rural and even some suburban school systems, are failing. Why should the people of Wyoming, or wherever, pay for the New York City public school system to fail to teach the children to read?” Gov. Chris Christie will be a good match for this position. While the federal government is sending funds to the states, the states can be compelled to follow the federal lead and divide their education budgets as vouchers to the parents of all children. Gov. Christie will explain this more fully tomorrow, too.
THE DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS.
The Secretary of Foreign Affairs shall streamline the military and fold it, the State Department and all foreign aid agencies into the Department of Foreign Affairs. Speaker Newt Gingrich will have this position. Senator Lindsey O. Graham will serve as director of the bureau of defense. His mission will be to create a military greater than Reagan’s. Yes! it will be expensive. A first-class military is the second most expensive thing a nation can have. The most expensive thing is a second-rate, losing, military!
There will be an Army Chief of Staff. He will integrate the Marine Corps into the Army. The Marines can keep their name, traditions and pretty uniform. They will just be part of the Army like Russian Naval Infantry. More American soldiers have participated in combat amphibious landings than Marines and performed just as well.
There will be a Navy Chief of Staff who will integrate the Coast Guard into the Navy.
There will be an Air Force Chief of Staff who will integrate the National Aeronautical and Space Administration into the Air Force. He will offer a prize of $100 billion to the first American company that can establish and manage a permanent U.S. colony on the Moon and another $100 billion to the first American company that can mine asteroids. Obviously neither of hese can be done for a mere $100 million. Investors will invest for the bragging rights. Remember Lindbergh only won $25 thousand. His investors lost millions on the first solo New York to Paris flight! There will be a veteran’s Chief of Staff who will run an enhanced Veterans Administration.
Mrs. Cara C. "Carly" Fiorina will be the Intelligence Chief of Staff she will take charge of all foreign intelligence gathering agencies. Information gathered by foreign intelligence agencies will be shared freely with law enforcement — not means and methods, only results. There will be a new office — the office of Cyber Security. Its function will be to provide Cyber Security to the American government, American business and the American people. It will also prepare to defend against and conduct “cyber war.”
There will be a Diplomatic Chief of Staff who will take over all activities of the State Department and all foreign assistance organizations. A large percentage of American aid is stolen or misappropriated. The United States shall not give money to foreign governments or organizations. If the United States aids in building infrastructure, disaster relief or providing for essential human needs in a foreign country; that building, relief and distribution of aid will be conducted by the United States military. If you don’t want us in your country, you don’t want our aid. Ambassador John R. Bolton will get this position.
Trump, our negotiator, will serve as a special envoy negotiating away all trade barriers and explaining to the world the punitive import duties aimed at leveling the playing field and turning the whole world into a free trade zone. Free trade means if we can ship our goods into your country without obstruction you can do the same. This should not be a four-year full-time job. In addition to negotiating the world-wide free-trade zone and all other international agreements, he will help other departments negotiate deals. He will be the “closer.” He is, after all, a “great negotiator.” He understands the art of the deal — he wrote the book!
Under the Department of Foreign Affairs will be the Bureau of the Armed Forces. Sen. Lindsey O. Graham will have this position.
The United States will immediately begin the withdrawal of all American forces from foreign countries. Any friendly country or region, like Europe, that wants the U.S. to provide a nuclear umbrella and air defense will have to pay for that service. We will keep state-of-the art missile and air defense protection in that country manned by U.S. forces without regard to objections from any of its neighbors. We will make a profit on this. We will treat a nuclear attack on a protected nation as we will a nuclear attack on the United States — assured destruction.
Any friendly country or region that wants the U.S. to protect it from outside invasion will have to pay for that protection. We will calculate how much U.S. military force will be necessary to protect that country until the full force of American arms can be brought to bear and station that force in the country. An attack on a protected country will be treated as an attack on the United States. We will require the unconditional surrender of the attacker. We will make a profit from this protection.
Except for the protection of U.S. interests, the U.S. Military shall not engage in law enforcement within these protected countries. We shall not put down internal insurrections. But, if a rebellion breaks out within a protected country that is inspired or aided by another country it is an act of war against the United States. We will put down the insurrection and demand the immediate and unconditional surrender of the country controlling the cat’s paw.
The United States shall accept only two outcomes to war, either complete destruction of that country and annulation of its population or unconditional surrender. This is not as harsh as it sounds. If the national government refuses to surrender, provinces, towns and even individuals can surrender and be protected. When an enemy surrenders its land shall be occupied for a period of at least 60 years. This will be paid for by the United States taking possession of all natural resources in that country. We will use this money to pay for conquest, occupation and reconstruction. Development will be accomplished by investment – internal and foreign. Once the country has been rebuilt and has a thriving economy, the cost of occupation shall be paid by taxes. The country will continue to be occupied to ensure that it is civilized. Sen. Graham will tell you more about this on tomorrow.
THE DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY.
The Secretary of the Treasury will begin immediately to get the U.S. off fiat money. The secretary, Sen. Randal H. "Rand" Paul, will sell the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Federal Reserve System. The administration will take back its constitutionally mandated function of minting currency which in our modern world includes printing and digitalizing it. Paul will shut down the Infernal Revenue Disservice! Within the Bureau of the Treasury, will be the Office of Revenue. The director will do away with the Internal Revenue Service and convert to a straight-forward (no deductions, no exceptions, no prebates, no rebates, no nonsense) consumption tax.
There is total ignorance worldwide of the Axiom of Taxation. The Axiom of Taxation: The consumer pays all taxes. Liberatards always want to saddle our economy with a “value added tax.” We already have one it’s called the Income Tax! Goodyear manufactures tires, sells them to Ford and pays tax on the profit which it got from Ford — value added tax. Ford sells the car to you and pays tax on the profit with money it got from you — value added tax. Manufacturers and providers of goods and service put the cost of all taxes and money they pay for goods, services and wages that will go to taxation into the cost of their good or service. So the consumer (you) pays these taxes. The combination of no compliance costs and no taxation for providers of goods and services will reduce the cost of products by from 30 to 50%. Imagine, a $20,000 car would only cost from $10 to $14 thousand plus tax! If the tax was 15% the car would cost from $11,500 to 16,500 — still a bargain! This will be a relatively easy transition as all cash registers have the capability to calculate and include sales taxes. Gov. Michael D. "Mike" Huckabee will oversee the conversion to a consumption tax.
The consumption tax will be one of two taxes the Federal Government shall collect. The other will be a punitive import tax on the imports of any country that puts obstacles in the way of American products. Rep. Michelle Bachman will make this happen.
There will be a Bureau of Management and Budget, under Treasury, charged with balancing the budget in my first two years and producing a 10% surplus within four. This surplus will be put in a “rainy day” fund to be used in times of emergency. I will give this job to Gov. John R. Kasich.
I hope you share my vision for America! A vision of a free, prosperous and powerful nation— a nation that is a great place to raise children because it provides a quality education second to none. And a vision of a republic whose federal government runs within its means and does only those things that the states and the people cannot do for themselves.
If you do, there is only one way to make this wonderful vision a reality. You are, no doubt, thinking that I am going to tell you to vote for me. That is true but it is only a small part of the answer. I can’t bring our vision to reality with an obstructionist Congress full of tax-and-spend Democrats and tax-and-spend RINOs whose only purpose is to get reelected, maintain and expand their empires. Give me Givens’ Republican legislators that I can deal with and together we will make our vision a reality. For this election, Givens’ Republicans are those who are running on the Republican ticket. I’ll be suggesting Givens’ Republicans to challenge recalcitrant RINOS as time goes by.
I have just given you what you have wanted for decades — a vision! I have incorporated most of the principles of conservatives, libertarians, moderates and even some liberals (those who think) into my vision. I will reconstruct the Reagan coalition!
I shall actively support “Givens’ Republican” candidates in primary and general election campaigns for all national, state and local offices. We need Givens’ Republicans in state legislatures so when we clear socialism from our shores, we can amend the constitution to keep it away.
DR. CARSON’S FRIDAY SPEECH.
My Health Care Solution
PROBLEM: We are told by the World Health Organization that American health care is about number 40 in the world. They base this largely on the fact that 39 or so countries provide “free” care. SO CUBA HAS BETTER HEALTH CARE THAN THE U.S.A.?
Actually, until 2009, everyone in America had the best health care in the world. The problem is that some people just didn’t have health insurance. If you get sick and present yourself at a health care facility and you don’t have insurance or money you will still get the best health care in the world. If you can’t afford your treatment, they will put you on Medicaid and the government will pay for you. Contrast this with Canada where you will be asked to present a government health-car card or pay a non-refundable C$800 deposit! You will then get second rate treatment in third-rate facilities.
I have collaborated on the following solution to our “health care problem” with John Mackey the co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market Inc. — a leftist who claims to be a libertarian.
The United States has the best health care on Earth. People come from all over the world for treatment here. There are problems but we do not need a trillion dollar government take-over of one fifth of our economy. BESIDES, OBAMACARE HAS ALREADY FAILED!
The fact that 50 million Americans were without health insurance was used to justify the need for this massive government takeover. You can buy a good health insurance plan for $1200 to $2,000 per year. Two thousand times 50 million is $100 billion so we can insure all of the alleged uninsured for considerably less than the $136 billion bucks a year ObamaCare is estimated to cost.
But the Census Bureau report “Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2005,” puts the initial number of uninsured people living in the country at 46.577 million.
A closer look at that report reveals the Census data include 9.487 million people who are “not a citizen.” Subtracting the 10 million non-Americans, the number of uninsured Americans falls to roughly 37 million.
But according to the same Census report, there are 8.3 million uninsured people who make between $50,000 and $74,999 per year and 8.74 million who make more than $75,000 a year. That’s roughly 17 million people who ought to be able to “afford” health insurance because they make substantially more than the median household income of $46,326.
Subtracting non-citizens and those who can afford their own insurance but choose not to purchase it, about 20 million people are left – less than 7 percent of the population.
“Many Americans are uninsured by choice,” wrote Dr. David Gratzer in his book The Cure: How Capitalism Can Save American Health Care. Gratzer cited a study of the “nonpoor uninsured” from the California Healthcare Foundation.
“Why the lack of insurance among people who own homes, cars and computers? One clue is that 60 percent reported being in excellent or very good health,” explained Gratzer.
These are air-heads who would rather pay for their motorcycles, mountain climbing and snowboarding trips. They know that if they break their neck, you and I will pay for their treatment.
So what is the true extent of the uninsured “crisis”? The Kaiser Family Foundation, a liberal non-profit foundation frequently quoted by the media, puts the number of uninsured Americans who do not qualify for current government programs and make less than $50,000 a year between 8.2 million and 13.9 million. That is a much smaller figure than the media report. If we bought 14 million people $2000 health insurance policies it would only cost $28 billion!
It is worth noting that the Congressional Budget Office points out that “45 percent of the uninsured are going to have insurance within four months” because many are transitioning between jobs and most people get health insurance through their employers.
So now that we have reduced our crisis to between 4 and 7 million what shall we do?
Remember, these are people who have no health insurance not people who have no health care. Everyone in America has health care. Any medical doctor will attest that the best care is provided to those who have no health insurance or money!
To solve our health insurance “crisis” here is what we need to do:
Enact tort reform to end the ruinous lawsuits that force doctors to pay insurance costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. These costs are passed back to us through much higher prices for health care. Establish a “loser pays” legal system. If you sue someone asking for $100 million and win, you get $100 million. If you lose, you pay him $100 million. If you can’t pay, your lawyer has to pay. This will stop frivolous law suits brought by attorneys who expect to be paid on a contingency basis. They never settle for less than that required to pay their fees.
Equalize the tax laws so that employer-provided health insurance and individually owned health insurance have the same tax benefits. Now employer health insurance benefits are fully tax deductible, but individual health insurance is not. But with Givens’ new tax plan this is moot.
Health insurance should be portable. Repeal all state laws which prevent insurance companies from competing across state lines. We should all have the legal right to purchase health insurance from any insurance company in any state and we should be able to use that insurance wherever we want. Better yet, use the “commerce clause” of the constitution to forbid states from regulating insurance and all other products. The best regulator is a free market!
Repeal government mandates regarding what insurance companies must cover. These mandates have increased the cost of health insurance by billions of dollars. What is insured and what is not insured should be determined by individual customer preferences and not through special-interest lobbying. These last two changes will allow insurance companies to offer high deductible critical care, major medical care and accident insurance. Insurance that does not include routine doctor visits, treatment for minor illness, holistic medicine, alternative medicine, herbal medicine, acupuncture, spiritual healing, etc.
Remove the legal obstacles that slow the creation of high-deductible health insurance plans and health savings accounts. Remember, the purpose of insurance is to pay what you cannot pay not to cover all expenses of running a car, owning a home or health care.
Require individuals to be responsible for their health expenses. Enact an Individual Responsibility Amendment to the Constitution that says “Everyone in America shall provide for himself and his minor children.”
The combination of high-deductible health insurance and H.S.A.s is one solution that could solve many of our health-care problems and the looming bankruptcy of MediCare. For example, require everyone to put the 15-20% of his compensation; the amount his employer now contributes to his social security and Medicare accounts into a an individual retirement/H.S.A. account. This would be a self-directed I.R.A. account but since we will no longer have an income tax the tax deferred aspect of the I.R.A. is moot. He would be required to purchase at least a critical care health insurance policy of his choice that is sufficient to pay any expenses over and above what his H.S.A./I.R.A. contains. So if he breaks his neck he is covered. If the individual is unwilling or unable to pay for his health insurance, his carrier would report it to the state government and the government would lend him the money to pay for it.
This would be a debt to the government. The government can withhold any payments owed to the individual by the government to pay for this required basic plan. It can even use its extremely powerful and unique collection powers to collect this money. If you have never had the government come after money it thinks you owe it, ask someone who has. At some point most people get so tired of the government’s pit bull collectors and super-legal collection powers that they just give up and let the government have the money.
Money in your I.R.A./H.S.A. not spent in one year rolls over to the next and grows over time. As money accrues in the account, your insurance deductible increases and your insurance premiums go down. The individual, therefore, spends his own health-care dollars until the annual deductible is covered and the insurance plan kicks in. This creates incentives to spend from your H.S.A. more carefully. All children of a woman are covered by her health insurance. The parents pay for that child until he is an adult then he pays for it himself. No one would ever have to shop for insurance. He can if he wants to but he shouldn’t cancel his current policy until his new policy is fully operational. When you die anything that is in your I.R.A/H.S.A. goes to your heirs.
Have a one-time open enrolment period in which an individual can pick a plan without regard to pre-existing conditions. There are no limits to coverage. All of a person’s children are automatically enrolled in his or her plan for life. Insurance rates are individual — there are no discounts for large families or groups. Make it illegal for an insurance company to drop a client. No matter what illness you develop the insurance company cannot drop you. If you don’t pay, the government will lend you the money and pay for your health plan.
Finally, make costs transparent so that consumers understand what health-care treatments cost. How many people know the total cost of their last doctor's visit and how that total breaks down? What other goods or services do we buy without knowing how much it will cost us?
Libratard promoters of federal health-care takeover believe that people have an intrinsic right to health care — to equal access to doctors, medicines and hospitals. While we all empathize with those who are sick, how can we say that people have more of an intrinsic right to health care than they have to food or shelter?
Health care is a service that we all need, but, like food and shelter, it is best provided through voluntary and mutually beneficial market exchanges. An intrinsic right to healthcare, food, shelter or any other good or service requires an intrinsic right to the property, skill and labor of another. There is no such right!
Even in countries like Canada and the U.K., there is no intrinsic right to health care. Rather, citizens in these countries are told by government bureaucrats what health-care treatments they are eligible to receive and when they can receive them. All countries with socialized medicine ration health care by forcing their citizens to wait to receive scarce treatments.
Although Canada has a population smaller than California, 830,000 Canadians are currently waiting to be admitted to a hospital or to get treatment, according to a report in Investor's Business Daily. In England, the waiting list is 1.8 million.
With the changes above we can require every legal resident to purchase basic health insurance and allow people to choose the benefits they want to pay for. Rather than increase government spending and control, we need to address the root causes of poor health. This begins with the realization that every American adult is responsible for his own healthcare and the healthcare of his children.
Many of our health-care problems are self-inflicted. Two-thirds of Americans are now overweight and one-third are obese. Most of the diseases that kill us and account for about 70% of all health-care spending — heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and obesity—are mostly preventable through proper diet, exercise, not smoking, minimal alcohol consumption and other healthy lifestyle choices. People who practice unhealthy lifestyle choices could be required to pay higher premiums. Actuarially, they should pay less. Because of the high expense of medical care in the last two years of a geezer’s life; fatties, couch potatoes, smokers and drunks actually consume less health care money than those of us who are healthy.
Health-care reform is very important. It is essential that it be based on individual choice and responsibility.
GOV. BUSH’S SPEECH
My Plan to Convert Social Security to an I.R.A.
SOCIAL SECURITY IS THE GREATEST PONZI SCHEME IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD! It puts Bernard L. "Bernie" Madoff's crime in the category of a minor infraction — Bernie was a small-time grifter.
Social Security is going broke. By any business analysis it is headed for the bankruptcy court. BUT it is a promise made by the United States to those whose money was extorted so it must be paid.
Social Security was supposed to be a tontine. A tontine is a simple old age insurance program. Each investor pays into the tontine. The money is invested. Profits are reinvested. As each investor dies, his or her share is left in the fund. This process continues until an agreed upon date at which the investment is divided among the survivors.
The Social Security tontine was supposed to be initially funded by a Ponzi scheme that would gradually evolve into a tontine. A Ponzi scheme is a confidence scam. It is sold as an investment fund. The con man collects money from the marks. He pays outstanding returns, sometimes 100% per month. He pays these returns to each investor from money paid by subsequent investors, rather than from any actual profit earned. Word of mouth supplies new marks.
In the case of social security, it was expected that the original beneficiaries would be supported by those who were forced to participate, until there was enough in the fund to convert it to a tontine. But it was never converted. The con was managed by the Social Security Administration. Investments, called “contributions,” were extorted from the marks – IF YOU AND YOUR EMPLOYER DID NOT CONTRIBUTE YOU BOTH WENT TO JAIL! THAT’S EXTORTION!
In the early 20th century people had more children than they do today so an endless supply of new victims seemed assured. Since the early 1960s our birth rate has gone down so we are breeding fewer workers to support us.
Since the average adult survival rate at the time the scheme began was 65, it was assumed that half of the contributors would die before they reached the age to collect. Gradually, the average age of adult survival grew.
Today, a 20-year-old is expected to live to age 80. But future medical advances will no doubt push that up. So, more than half of today’s 20-year-olds will live past 80. The Ponzi scheme was never converted to a tontine but the retirement age is still 65. Something has got to give!
The Social Security Administration generally made good safe investments so the Social Security trust fund grew sufficiently to pay the beneficiaries and establish a huge reserve. A large enough reserve to tempt any thief. President Lyndon B. Johnson and the 90th Congress were the thieves! Every subsequent President and Congress joined the cabal.
In 1969, Congress, decided to co-mingle social security payroll taxes collected by the government with general revenues from the Treasury. President Johnson signed the bill. If a trustee or a fiduciary for any other organization or business got caught doing this he WOULD GO TO PRISON!
For years this worked out O.K. Social Security produced massive surpluses over the decades to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars. These surpluses were used as a slush fund by politicians to mask the true size of their annual deficits. This is embezzlement! If a corporate officer, bookkeeper or accountant got caught doing this, HE WOULD GO TO PRISON!
Since 1970, Congress and all Presidents have used the money from Social Security contributions. It was then spent on boondoggles like the Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, social welfare, foreign aid and so forth; and to make it look like the federal deficit was smaller than it was. The account is now empty. Social Security now pays out more than it takes in.
We will give each Social Security contributor two options?
I’m sorry the rest of this speech is going to contain a lot of numbers. Numbers are the poetry of business and government — nobody likes poetry!
Again, we will give each Social Security contributor two options?
One, at the appropriate age he can draw Social Security according to the current inflation adjusted schedule, or
Two, all of the money he and his employer's paid will be deemed to have been invested in virtual I-bonds in his I.R.A. An I-bond is a bond that pays an interest rate a certain percent above the inflation rate. Traditionally conservative investments, bank savings accounts for example, paid 3% above the rate of inflation. That was, of course, before crooked politicians started manipulating the consumer price index to make themselves look not quite so bad. For this program to work, everything on the market for consumption would have to be included with no substitutions allowed. The true inflation rate has been calculated by John Williams of Shadow Stats. This information is available at shadowstats.com.
For the rest of his life, he can invest as much as he wants tax-free into his I.R.A. He can convert any savings or investments he has to his I.R.A. He can retire at whatever age he wants to and spend his money. With a few small lines of code, the Social Security Administration can work this out.
How would this work? Let’s look at three cases. Since I don’t have a crystal ball, we are going to use current numbers. We’re going to assume a static economy.
That doesn’t matter. Inflation is dependent on prices and incomes are usually dependent on inflation. We know how much a dollar will buy in 2016. We will assume the three peoples’ income does not change and there is no inflation.
Traditionally 15% of your income was sent to the S.S.A. every month. The S.S.A. tells you that you only pay 7.5% and your evil employer pays 7.5%. Both of these contributions are part of your compensation — it’s all your money!
Actually, in the last few years, the total was 15.3%; but only 12.4% was collected for Social Security.” Since many of us contributed at the rate of 15% I will use that number for convenience.
All these calculations were made at thecalculatorsite.com.
Our first person enters the work force but he is so lazy that he doesn’t work full time. He lives at the poverty rate of $10,890. That is $915.00 a month. His Social Security contribution is $915.00 X 15% = $137.25. If he deposits this every month for 40 years in an I-bond account that pays 3% above the inflation rate…. But since this money was extorted from him and stolen let’s give him 10%. This may sound extreme but it is not. The U.S. stock market has seen an increase averaging 10% per year since forever! In our case the inflation rate is 0, at the end of 40 years he will have $886,071.11 in his I.R.A.
If he invests extremely safely at 3% above inflation — 0 — he will get $26,983.76 a year—well over twice what he made when he was working! He is not touching his principle so he can do this forever. When he dies, his entire account goes to his heirs.
Our second person enters the work force at minimum wage and works his whole life at minimum wage. Federal minimum wage is $7.25. In a 40 hour week he earns $290 or $15,080 a year. That’s $1,256.66 a month. His monthly contribution to I.R.A. is $188.50. At the end of 40 years he has $1,216,935.54. Invested at 3% that is $37,059.66 per year — more than twice what he made when he was working!
The third person works 40 years at the median wage (half of the work force makes more than he does and half makes less). The median wage in the second quarter of 2016 was $26,695.00 a year or $2,224.58 a month. Fifteen percent is $333.67. In 40 years his I.R.A. will be worth $2,154,137.31. Three percent will give him $65,600.51 — again over twice what he made when he was working!
SEE HOW MUCH BETTER YOUR LIFE WORKS IF YOU DO IT YOURSELF! But never fear, you can stay with the current system if you want!
Some people are going to complain that this will add to the national debt. It won't. That money was “borrowed” from our social security accounts. If it wasn't borrowed it was stolen so let’s be nice and say it was borrowed. Social Security is an unfunded mandate — an integral part of the national debt. What is owed must be paid!
These bonds would be put into an I.R.A. That is your retirement! If you are still working, your employer will have to put the same amount he now sends to social security into your I.R.A. Your I.R.A. can be self-directed so if you are a moderately skillful investor, you can probably do better than 10% above the inflation rate. You watch it and, whenever you have enough to retire, retire. And when you retire, you can draw out your funds tax free. Of course it is tax free — under President Givens’ tax plan, you don’t pay tax until you spend it!
In the end, when those who elected to take their Social Security, as it is currently constituted, die; the whole Social Security system has been replaced with a mandatory I.R.A. that requires that the employer deposit at least 15% of an employees pay into his I.R.A. The Social Security Administration can be discontinued.
I have a fantasy. Even though we were nice and referred to the comingling of the social security fund as borrowing, we all know it was stolen. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if any past or present legislator or President who ever supported (spent) the comingled fraud could be frog-marched into court, indicted, tried, convicted, imprisoned and his assets confiscated under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act to help pay this unfunded mandate? Sorry Dad and Brother that would include you. Unfortunately, or fortunately for the rest of my family, it is only a fantasy!
REP. TANCREDO’S SATURDAY SPEECH.
My Solution to Our Illegal Immigration Problem!
Our borders are open. One to three million invaders flow across our southern border every year. There are an estimated 10 to 40 million invaders in this country already.
Congress is now dominated by a bunch of linguini-spined conservative Republicans and cowardly liberal RINOs. They are opposed by a bunch of liberal Democrats.
All three groups want to grant these invaders amnesty under another name. They want to set them on a “path to citizenship” which hopefully will make them grateful Democrats. Or they want to “regularize their status” which hopefully will keep them working at substandard wages in Republican-owned businesses.
Neither of these outcomes will happen.
First, immigrants are, for the most part, hard-working people. Most of them are Latinos, who are Catholic. These immigrants, whether Latino or other, are not likely to buy into the Democrat pro-abortion welfare state. If they become citizens, most, will eventually become Republicans.
Second, if we “regularize” their status they are no longer illegal. They don’t have to work for substandard wages. They will demand what the traffic will bear to do the work. To maintain the cheap labor the RINOs want they will have to bring in a whole new bunch of invaders. This, of course, is their plan.
The overwhelming majority of Americans — liberals, moderates and conservatives; Democrats, independents and Republicans — want this stopped.
This is a relatively easy thing to do. It will be done in two phases.
The first thing we need to do to solve our illegal immigration problem is close the borders.
1. Build a double fence along the entire U.S. southern, then northern border. A fence will not prevent invasion but it will make it much more difficult.
These fences will be set up on two berms that run right along the border. The two berms will be at least 500 yards apart. The berms will be at least 30 feet high with steel retaining walls on their foreign sides. The fences will be at least ten feet high and topped with razor wire. The foreign side fence will be completely screened to prevent potential invaders from observing activity between or beyond the fences. There will be sensors along the entire route to detect surface and underground movement. Sensors will be attached to the fences to detect interference. There will be video cameras spaced to provide over-watch of the entire border. There will be Border Patrol stations inside the fences spaced at intervals that will allow them to respond to breaches in the fence promptly. The monitors for the video cameras and other sensing devices will be in the border patrol stations nearest the device. When an incursion is detected, the nearest border patrol stations will coordinate a response.
The open borders whackos will claim that we cannot afford the expense. Nonsense! This will cost much less than a highway of the same length and it is much more important. It can be built by Army combat engineers, Army Corps of Engineers and Navy Construction Battalions (Sea Bees) as a part of their training — a necessary expense that we already incur. As Trump said, “I’ll make Mexico pay for it.” I’ll withhold all aid to Mexico and use the money to pay for the fences!
Some people would like to build a “virtual” fence. This is a good idea but not instead of a real fence — as a part of it.
2. Establish a military patrolling training area along the U.S. borders. This area will be at least 100 miles wide.
Many will object to the cost of this land acquisition. Much of this land already belongs to the U.S. government. Most of the owners of the privately owned land will be happy to cooperate if they are compensated for any damage that the military training activities cause. A lot of military training is already done on private land. The land of any who are unwilling to cooperate can be condemned and turned over to the Bureau of Defense. Military personnel will train in patrolling and ambush techniques in this area.
Their training will, of course, be directed at locating, ambushing and capturing “opposing forces,” other members of the Armed Forces who are pretending to be the enemy. The trainees and OPFORs will inevitably come across terrorists, drug smugglers, illegal aliens and other invaders. Part of their training will be to locate and detain invaders and turn them over to the appropriate authorities.
Some will object to this as a violation of the posse comitatus act. The posse comitatus act was passed to end the post-Civil War “reconstruction.” It was passed to end use of the U.S. Army for supervising elections in the South. As amended to include the Air Force, it reads:
Sec. 1385. - Use of Army and Air Force as posse comitatus
Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.
I ask you, when was the last time the Military was called upon to supervise elections? Answer: 1876. This is a perfect example of a law that should have expired almost a hundred fifty years ago!
The Supreme Court should conclude that the defense of the border from invasion is “authorized by the Constitution.” But who knows what kind of fatwa the nine black robed ladies and gentlemen of the Supreme Court will hand down. If the Supremes do not think the constitution authorizes defense of the border, Congress can act.
The military has lots of sensing toys. All American Armed Forces have a wide variety of surveillance equipment from satellites to manned reconnaissance aircraft to unmanned drones to viewing and listening devices. The Air Force can provide satellite and aerial reconnaissance of the border. The Navy and Coast Guard have various radar and sonar that they can use to observe coastal infiltration routes. The Army has unmanned drones, various ground listening devices and other sensors. All operators of these surveillance devices require training. This training will be concentrated on observing our borders.
Ground forces (SEALS, Marines and soldiers) from basic trainees to experienced warriors to those about to be deployed or redeployed to wherever, will practice their ambush, patrolling and reconnaissance skills in the patrolling training area. Soldiers, sailors and airmen do two things -- they fight and they train to fight. Our borders will be under constant surveillance and protection.
As a part of this training, the Air Force will observe opposing forces and pass the information along to the ground forces. The ground forces will monitor OPFOR movements move ahead of them and set up ambushes. As a part of their training in reconnaissance, the Air Force will detect everyone on the border. They will inevitably detect invaders. The information will be transmitted to the ground forces. These invaders will be detained and turned over to the appropriate authorities.
These two simple steps will reduce cross-border illegal immigration to a trickle.
We need to get control of our legal immigration program. Over 40 percent of illegal aliens are people who came here legally and didn’t leave. We can get rid of both groups at the same time.
We can issue every legal visitor a tamper-proof biometric identity card or app for his smartphone. This card/phone serves as his I.D. card, passport, driver’s license, debit card, credit card, etc. If it is lost or stolen, it is cancelled and replaced. This simple step will allow us to track all visitors. If they overstay their visa, they are arrested, prosecuted, convicted serve a minimum of one year in an immigration work camp and then deported never to return under any circumstances.
The open border amnesty crowd says you can’t round up 10-40 million illegal aliens and send them home. Nonsense!
Most of these invaders will go home on their own if we do two things — remove the financial incentives that draw them here and make getting caught draconian.
If we remove the financial magnets that draw people here illegally, they will: one, stop coming, and; two, go home.
Immediately stop all welfare and public assistance to aliens.
We have laws on the books making it illegal to hire illegal aliens. We need to strengthen and enforce the law. Make management responsible. Make the punishment for allowing an illegal alien to work on your property or in your business up to a $10 thousand fine and up to a year in prison for every incident. Define an incident is any day that an illegal alien was working on the property.
Make everyone who participated in the employment liable. Subcontracting a service is participating. In a RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act-type provision make the possible confiscation of the subject business and property a provision of the law.
Additionally, any company or employee that is convicted of hiring an illegal alien is barred from contracting or serving as a subcontractor for the federal government, any of its subordinate jurisdictions or any company that supplies an American government. Any individual who is convicted is permanently barred from employment by an American government, or any company that services or supplies an American government. That will get the attention of managers, employees and stockholders. THEN ENFORCE THAT LAW!
Open an enhanced e-verify web site that will allow an employer to put an employee’s social security number into the system and find out the name, age and employment history of the person who holds that social security number.
If John Doe works for you or applies for a job, you put in his S.S.N. If it turns out that the S.S.N. is fake or belongs to someone else you fire him or don’t hire him. If Doe is dead, you fire him or don’t hire him. If he is currently employed somewhere else you call his other employer and find out why.
Give employers a 30-day window in July to ensure that all employees are legal. Then on one August 2017, I will set the I.N.S. on them.
The I.N.S. will first raid all of the plants of a major food processing company — an industry that is notorious for ignoring immigration law. Seal the exits and search the personnel computers.
Run the S.S.N.s. If there are illegal workers in any of the plants arrest them, all of the human resources workers and the entire chain of command above H.R. They would each be liable for up to a $10 thousand fine and up to a year in prison for every day each of these illegal workers has worked for the company. Have a big public “perp walk.” This will scare the Hell out of them and send a message to the management of other companies. Then we will exact a more reasonable punishment on the lower raking culprits. This is a one-time plea bargain. If he is caught again he will pay the full sentence.
Fully investigate and prosecute any tax or other infractions. And announce that this company will no longer be allowed to supply the government or any institution that is in any way supported by or does business with the government. If the company is unable to pay its fines, confiscate it and sell its assets to its competitors. This will bankrupt the company and send a message to the stockholders of other companies.
Instantly, large American companies will get rid of illegal aliens.
But there aren’t enough I.N.S. agents to raid every business in America.
Let’s get some bounty hunters! Bounty hunters have the authority to search private property and arrest people — all without regard to rights guaranteed by the Constitution. We need a similar law for illegal alien hunters.
Private citizens can be deputized by the I.N.S. A deputy would have the authority to require the owner, employer and employees working at any location to prove that everyone working on the property is legal. He would have the authority to arrest, cite and establish bail/fine. He would also have the authority to collect a check payable to the U.S. Treasury. The Treasury would take the property of anyone whose check bounced.
A deputy wanders around taking pictures with his cell phone of the people working on a property. With this evidence that a business or farm has people working on the property he speaks to the owner or manager. He shows his evidence to the owner or manager. If, by going on the Social Security website, the owner or manager cannot prove that all of the workers are legal, the deputy gives him a summons and sets a fine/bail — the maximum he thinks the owner can afford. The owner can write a check to the U.S. Treasury and either go to court or forfeit the bail.
The Treasury cashes the check and sends half to the bounty hunter. If the cited person wants a trial, fine. He will be prosecuted for all infractions the I.N.S., I.R.S., S.S.A., F.B.I. and the rest of the federal alphabet can find. Most will forfeit the bail. If the check bounces, the treasury takes the business and the property.
This would be very painful for the employer and very lucrative for the Treasury and the bounty hunter.
The owner knows that the next day the same bounty hunter or another can conduct the same raid and fine him again. He will ensure that everyone working on his property or in his business is legal.
If a bounty hunter notices that his next-door neighbor has hired someone to mow his lawn, he takes a picture of the guy working and asks the homeowner for proof of legal employment. If he doesn’t get it, he collects a fine/bail from the homeowner and sends the check to the Treasury. Anyplace else a bounty hunter thinks he can find an illegal worker he goes. Gardening, lawn-care, domestic and other independent contractors and workers would soon be legal.
Some cities and states forbid their employees from reporting illegal aliens to the appropriate authorities. Some even forbid inquiring into immigration status. This is illegal. Officials swear to enforce the laws of the city, county, state and United States.
Cancel federal payments to any state that does not require all of its agencies and its subordinate jurisdictions to enforce U.S. immigration law. This is not a five-year gradual withdrawal. This is immediate and permanent termination.
To enforce immigration law, all they have to do is report to I.N.S. anyone that they come across whom they suspect of being an alien — it is I.N.S.’s job to establish the status of that person.
This program would make it virtually impossible for an illegal alien to work in the United States. Most will immediately leave.
Congress and the President will make it a felony to be in the United States illegally punishable by a mandatory $10 thousand fine and a year in prison. Anyone convicted of a misdemeanor or felony should be forever barred from entry into the United States for any reason. This will stop illegal immigration by discouraging the illegal aliens from coming to or staying in the U.S.
Beginning in February, I will have a huge public information blitz explaining:
1. In August, to allow students to finish the school year and people to wind up their affairs, we will begin a huge round-up of invaders and those who employ them. Invaders are likely to be caught. They definitely will not be able to find employment.
2. People caught in the country illegally will be required to serve a year in a work camp, fined $10,000 and then deported.
3. When we have control of our borders and our immigration policy we will institute a guest worker program. People previously caught in the country illegally will be convicted felons and therefore not eligible to visit the United States under any circumstances.
All intelligent invaders will immediately make arrangements to go home. They will not need assistance with this. They got here on their own. They can get back on their own. If they are in Maine or even Alaska, they have months to get back to Mexico — they can walk, if necessary. Or, namby-pamby bleeding-heart liberals can buy them a bus ticket!
Those who are caught by the I.N.S. or deputies in raids will go to a work camp where they may be employed by the Office of Prisons, commanded by Sheriff Joseph M. "Joe" Arpaio to work in the industries in which they have been employed to help alleviate the temporary shortage of workers in that industry. The wages charged the employer by the O.o.P. will be appropriate to hire a legal worker. Those who cannot be employed in the industry they were working in can be employed as farm workers — again at wages required to attract legal workers. Once they have served their year, paid their fine and expenses they will be deported and forever barred from entry into the United States.
The money that the O.o.P. collects as wages for these workers will be used first to defray the cost of imprisoning them and then to pay their fine. The cost of imprisoning them will be as modest as possible. Most will be held in extremely low-security facilities — a collection of tents surrounded by barbed wire. The food provided will be modest but wholesome — a lot of beans, rice and vegetables. Any who are found outside their assigned facility will be reassigned to progressively unpleasant accommodations and jobs.
This will remove most invaders from our country. At this point there is only one economic draw for illegal aliens — crime. Those who came here to pursue a life of crime are still here. We make any invader who commits a crime in the United States subject to mandatory year imprisonment in addition to the appropriate sentence for the crime he was convicted of.
Most criminals are too stupid to foresee future outcomes. They will probably have to work off their prison terms and fines as members of a labor gang. When they are arrested, tried, convicted and do their time, including the extra year and fine for their illegal status, they are deported. If they are not convicted of the crime for which they were arrested, they serve their year, pay their fine and are deported. If they are not tried for the crime for which they were arrested, they serve their year, pay their fine and are deported. Gradually we will get rid of them.
If any deported invader is ever caught in the United States, he is executed. If his home country or any other country objects to this execution, they can ask that he be paroled to their county under the guarantee that he go to prison for life.
If we truly cannot find people to fill unskilled jobs that liberals and RINOs say, “Americans will not do,” the I.N.S. has procedures in place to bring in temporary workers. Follow those procedures. They should be modified, where necessary, to ensure that they do not lead to permanent residence or citizenship. If a person wants to immigrate to the United States he should follow established immigration procedures and wait his turn. While he is waiting he may be able to participate in a guest worker program. Under no circumstances should a guest worker program be implemented until this proposal has been passed into law.
First, we need to ensure that Americans will not do the job; not that Americans will not do the job at a price the employer wants to pay. Before an employer can apply for guest workers, he must pay for help wanted ads processed through the Office of Labor. These jobs should pay the prevailing wage for similar work. For example, if carpenters, who are U.S. citizens, get $100 per hour in an area, the employer will have to advertise the job at $100 per hour.
If we cannot find sufficient workers, the employer can bring one member of a married couple into the country to fill the job on a contract of not more than 11 months. He or she must remain married for the duration of the contract. They are coming here to work not look for a mate and settle down. Under no circumstances will both spouses be allowed to participate in the guest worker program at the same time. No dependents may be brought. Any female worker who gets pregnant will be returned to her home country by her employer until her baby is born. There will be no “anchor babies.”
In fact, the whole concept of “anchor babies” should be stopped. Some would have us believe that we must repeal the 14th amendment to do this. There is no anchor expressed or implied in the 14th amendment. A baby born under U.S. jurisdiction is a citizen. His mother is not. She should return to her home country. She can either take her baby with her or arrange for his care in the U.S. When the child is an adult, he can present himself and his birth certificate to a U.S. immigration official, surrender any allegiance he has to another country and take up his citizenship.
At the end of the contract, the worker must return to his home country, for at least a month, to reapply. During that month, the employer must again advertise through the O.o.L. for an American worker.
Traditionally, illegal aliens have worked in agriculture. A farmer who needs a full-time worker, can follow the procedure above and hire a worker for up to 11 months at a time.
The problem with farm work is that it is seasonal and of short duration. In the spring, farmers want someone to plant their crops. In the fall, they want someone to harvest their crops.
Most crops are planted and harvested by contractors who, of course, hire illegal aliens. These contractors would have to get contracts to harvest crops arranged from south to north. Crops mature from south to north so the contractor will have to plan his itinerary and write his contracts accordingly. He can determine how many workers he will need for how many months and advertise the jobs at a wage determined by the O.o.L. to be appropriate to hire American workers. The homeless, unemployed and those on public assistance should be encouraged to take these jobs. The shortfall can be filled from outside the country on up to 11 month contracts.
Of course, the contactor will have to provide, transportation from site to site, housing at the site and food. This shall not be deducted from the worker’s wage. A contractor would have a fleet of trucks, camp trailers, tents and buses. He would transport his workforce in buses. They would set up a campsite on the property where the harvest is to be conducted. His workers would harvest the crops while eating and sleeping in the camp. When the harvest is gathered, the contractor gets paid and moves to the next site.
In addition to a reasonable wage, employers will have to pay for the transportation of the worker from and back to his home country every year. He will be without that worker for one month a year. It will be much less trouble and cheaper to hire an American worker. He will increase the wage and improve working conditions. We will probably find out that there are not many jobs “Americans will not do” — if you pay them fairly.
GOV. CHRISTIE’S SPEECH
Education is the responsibility of; first the individual, then the parents and finally the State. The federal government has no business fooling around in education. So I will get the federal government out of it. But I do have a philosophy of education.
How might a state more effectively use the money it spends on education?
Every year we spend more money educating the American youth. Every year their performance gets worse! WE SPEND MORE THEY GET STUPIDER? —GIVE ME A BREAK!
My philosophy of education offends most educators because it begins with the premise that some of their most precious ideas are wrong.
Standardized test scores reached their zenith in 1964. American high school graduates in 1964 tested better than any nation in the world. In 1964, America had the best educational establishment on Earth.
The world began to copy the American system. American educators began to tinker with it. In 1965, American standardized test scores began to trend down. Educators tinkered with it more and it trended down more. This has continued unabated ever since.
Educators point to two primary reasons for this downward trend.
1 America has become more multicultural since 1964.
The highest percentage of immigrant population was in 1910. No bilingual, language other than English, or other programs were used. The children of these immigrants were just sent to school. They "picked up" the language and culture, as children are wont to do. They went on to become doctors, lawyers and scholars. From 1910 to 1960, America became less and less culturally diverse. American test scores gradually rose from 1910 to 1964 — even during the period from 1960 to 1964 when the acculturation reversed and America became more culturally diverse! So, the multicultural trend does not explain declining test scores. In fact, some of these multicultural students were and are our best.
2. The nuclear family has broken down since 1964.
The nuclear family began breaking down during the Great Depression with the initiation of welfare programs that made it advantageous for the father not to be in the home. It has been trending downward ever since. But from the early 1930s to 1964, while the nuclear family was breaking down, test scores rose. So the breakdown of the nuclear family does not explain declining test scores.
The educational establishment never accepts any suggestion that possibly, just possibly, some of the touchy-feely tinkering it has done did more harm than good.
The educational establishment's primary failure is that it has lost track of the purpose of education. The purpose recognized by educators and educational philosophers from Aristotle to B.F. Skinner is acculturation — in the case of American education, acculturation into the Anglo-U.S. culture. This is not to say that immigrants should not keep their native culture. But it should be done at home or in private schools. The Jews maintained a distinct subculture, including a written and spoken language, for almost 2,000 years at home and in private schools.
Although we are teaching children and young adults to function in American society, this does not mean other cultures should not be maintained. I always recommend that people who are from another culture keep that culture as long as they can. A person with two cultures can get a better, higher-paying job than with one. An American lawyer, for example, who speaks reads and writes another language and knows that culture, is going to be very successful!
I also recommend that they make their children bicultural or even tricultural. I recommend that, if they are not Anglos, they transmit their language and culture to their children. If a spouse is not of one’s culture, I recommend that they both transmit their cultures to their children in their native languages. They should speak to each other in English. That ensures that the child will grow up with at least two cultures. He won't get confused. There are many studies that conclude that he will be much more intelligent than his monocultural peers.
Here is a plan that within 12 years will allow the nation’s Public School Systems to produce students whose average test scores are at least one standard deviation above the current national average — within projected revenue.
We are told that to adequately educate children we need a huge educational establishment with education degree-holding teachers, a massive administration, teacher’s aids, counselors and numerous other functionaries. Hogwash! Soon to be President Givens' father and aunt received an elementary school education better in every way than that provided by the modern public school system.
They got this education from his grandmother. She was considered a well-educated woman in the early 1900s — she had a high school diploma! The town of Westcliffe, Colorado hired her as the grammar school teacher. She taught from 20 to 50 people, ranging in age from five to 70, in a one-room schoolhouse. She taught eight grades, she was the teacher, principal, administrator, aid, counselor, janitor and one of the school mule drivers — they didn’t have buses! She put her kids astride the mule with her and meandered from farm to ranch to homestead picking up children until she reached the school. Other parents did the same.
We are told that Departments of Education are unable to function within their huge budgets. More hogwash!
Society's ultimate purpose for education is to provide itself with adults capable of taking their places in society and/or continue on to higher education. In college and in the work-a-day world, people are expected to research and find information for themselves.
First, let’s illustrate the obvious. After the student, the most important element in an academic program is parental involvement.
In what he calls his misspent youth, soon-to-be-President Givens was a counselor at a Senior High School. He invited a young lady, with a 104% grade point average (they gave up to 105% for honors and up to 110% for advanced placement courses), into his office for an introductory interview. Before she came in, he reviewed her file. She was a Junior of Asian descent.
When she came in, he looked at her very sternly and said, "I am disappointed in you."
"What did I do?" she asked.
"In your freshman year you only got 98 percent in English!"
"That's what my father said!"
Because anything less than 100 percent was unacceptable to her father she ensured that she got at least 100 percent in everything.
Children will perform to the expectations of those whose approval they desire. Sometimes that is a friend, a family member, or a teacher, but it is almost always the parents.
People are lazy. They will do the minimum necessary to accomplish the mission. If the parents are happy with barely passing they will get grades that are barely passing. If the parents, like Dr. Carson’s mother, are satisfied with nothing less than 100 percent they will get 100 percent.
If I were an elementary school principal, I would require that all teachers make sure that they have coffee or lunch with the parents of a student, every day. The teacher would make sure that the parents understand the importance of parental involvement. The teacher would tell them that he will send a note home with their child and an e-mail to the parent every day that tells what the class did and specifically how their child did and the assignments for tomorrow. There are computer netwofrking programs that will do this almost effortlessly. They will exchange contact information so they can “conspire” against the child.
The teacher would encourage the parents to get involved in their children's education from the beginning and continue until the kid gets his M.D. or however far he wants to go.
Parents should encourage their children to read by reading to them and when they begin to develop reading skills, set aside some time to let them read to the family.
Parents should check their child's arithmetic and play arithmetic games. Parents should make some arithmetic problems for the child and let the child make problems for the parent. Keep score. It won't hurt if the parent makes some mistakes, too. The child will have to use his subtraction skills to check the parent's addition and vice versa. He will have to use his multiplication skills to check division and vice versa. Parents should keep them challenged throughout their life. Parents need to keep up because someday the kid will be studying advanced calculus, organic chemistry or something even more arcane and the parent will want to be able to help.
When the child reaches a mathematical level that is beyond the parent, the parent can ask the child to teach the parent how to solve this problem — the best way to master a difficult subject is to teach it to someone else. If the child doesn't know how to solve the problem, work it out together. If all else fails, call the teacher at home and have her talk both parent and child through it.
Whenever the child brings a paper or a note home showing good or bad performance, the parents should praise or criticize it and, if it is good performance, display it prominently. Whenever friends or family visit, parents should make sure that they notice the display and express how proud they are of their child. Of course, the child should hear this.
If this kind of communication is maintained from kindergarten to graduation the education establishment will soon have to raise its expectations.
Now back to the plan.
Each school will be run by the principal. He will be better off with an M.B.A. than an Ed.D. He will hire, fire and pay all of his school personnel. He will select and purchase all materials and supplies and he will contract and pay for all repairs. If he thinks that it is cost effective to contract something like payroll or curriculum development to another organization he may do so. In short, he will have the authority to do everything that the manager of a company has the authority to do.
Let’s do a quick-and-dirty financial analysis of a fictional department of education. We are told that state departments of education are unable to function with only $10,000.00 to $30,000.00 per kid. More hogwash!
Assume that U.S. Public Schools spend a minimum of $10,000.00 per kid. Actually it’s much higher than this. Only Mississippi spends only $10,000 per kid and it has among the highest test scores. With an average class size of 30 students, that is $300,000 per class per year. At an optimal class size of 20 students that is $200,000.00. Tuition at some of the most prestigious universities in the world costs less than that! For a third of that, $66,666.66 you can hire the best teachers in the world. With the rest you can buy textbooks, computers and supplies.
The problem is that the money doesn’t get down to the classroom. It gets siphoned off for the multilayer educational administration. I defy you to find a teacher or student who can name a single useful thing provided by a Department of Education’s administration that could not be provided cheaper, faster and better by the local school.
My proposal is to make every school a charter school! Under this plan, the state departments of education will cease to exist. Each principal will determine for herself how her school will be run. Each school will be organized and run differently. Each child will receive monthly vouchers to pay for his education. The parents will decide which school to send their child to and give the voucher to the school.
Parents will be allowed to enroll their children in any school in the country — public or private. In the event that their child’s voucher will not fully pay for the school, the parents will have to pay the difference. The parents will be responsible for getting their children to school on time. At the beginning of each school year, each principal will be given a budget projection based on the number of children who are enrolled in her school. Every month, he will cash in the vouchers of students who were actually enrolled. Families may want to home school and cash their voucher — fine!
Some schools will, of course, develop reputations for excellence. Those schools will be oversubscribed. Parents might be asked to pay a surcharge. These schools will bring in higher revenues.
Other schools will develop a reputation for excellence in certain areas or extracurricular activities. These schools will generate higher revenues.
Some schools will develop a reputation for warehousing children for eight hours per day. Parents will transfer their children to other schools. Revenue will be substandard in those schools and they will soon have a new principal.
At the end of the year, the principal will transfer any excess revenue (profit) to capital improvements, expansion, bonuses for the principal and the teachers or carry it forward until next year.
Each school district would be a high school and its associated feeder schools. The district should be the smallest school system because 12th grade depends on mastery of what was taught in 11th grade and so forth down to first grade.
How would I run a school?
First, with the budget we’ve discussed, $10,000 per student or $200 to $300 thousand per class per a year, I can afford to open the schools a little longer than is traditional. School will open at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. twelve months per year. Of course, no one wants to work 14 hours a day, seven days a week, twelve months a year. I can solve this like most businesses with varying shifts and/or flex time. Parents will be permitted to withdraw their children for up to one month per year for a family vacation.
Parents will get their children to school anytime between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. and pick them up or authorize their release anytime between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Parents will no longer have to suffer the guilt of having “latch-key children.”
The curriculum will vary depending on the individual student’s development. For the first six years of their education or until they master it, children will learn the Four Rs and P — readin’, ‘ritin’, ‘rithmetic, reasonin’ and ‘putin’ (computer operations). They will, in other words, concentrate on communicating.
This sounds unpleasant but it’s not. Humans love to learn. Teach a child phonics and he can immediately read. It will be slow and halting at first, but, gradually, he will learn to sight read. Give him appropriate reading material on subjects that he is interested in and let him read to his peers and to younger children. Then let him write his own stuff and read it to his peers and to younger children. His audience will enjoy it and his self-esteem will improve – self-esteem should be earned. Math is best taught with games and puzzles. All subjects can be used to teach computer operation.
Mandatory core curriculum will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Every teacher is an English, mathematics and computer teacher. There will be no core time wasted for classes in art, science, music, social studies, physical education or band. Teachers will offer instruction in all of these things but for the purpose of teaching the basics. What, to the class, is a history class is, to the teacher, a reading, writing, reasoning and computer class. What, to the class, is physical education is an arithmetic class. An art class is reading, writing, reasoning and mathematics, as is music. Social studies is reading, writing, reasoning and computer. Science is reading, writing, math, reasoning and computer.
For the next six years of their education, students will learn the arts and sciences, to orient themselves in time and space, and to think precisely and critically.
It is not the purpose of secondary school to give someone job skills. It is the purpose of secondary school to teach the child to learn. In post-secondary school or on the job, professors and bosses do not want to have to pour information into a student's or an employee's ear. They want students and employees who are capable or finding and implementing solutions for themselves. Because we are preparing them for the work-a-day world or higher education, classes will be more along the tradition of read, research, lecture and discuss.
Students will learn as mandatory core curriculum, geography, natural history, human history, American history, state history, civics, world literature, American literature, algebra, plane geometry, solid geometry, trigonometry, calculus, logic, biology, physics and chemistry. This mandatory core curriculum will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. those students who are performing below standard will have guided study. Those students, and only those students, who are performing well in their core courses will be offered extracurricular classes in art, literature, science, social studies, swimming, dancing, boxing, archery, rifle marksmanship, pistol marksmanship, football, basketball, baseball, Spanish language and culture, Japanese language and culture, Chinese language and culture, Vietnamese language and culture, or any other subject that can generate sufficient interest to be viable. Parents may be asked to subsidize the cost of some of these extracurricular courses.
At the end of this 12-year regimen, my schools will produce students with test scores that are off the chart. We will be an inspiration to schools all over the state, the nation and the world.
By transferring the education of our children back to the parents, we will send the education establishment back to the basics where it belongs.
Of course, all of this can only be done at the state or local level. Hopefully some states will adopt it immediately. Other states’ student performance will suffer by comparison and the states will have to “get with the program.”
SEN. GRAHAM’S SPEECH.
Confederate General Robert E. Lee said, “It is well that war is so terrible, otherwise we should grow too fond of it.”
We should learn from our successes. Unconditional surrender is the only acceptable end to military conflict! The attack on 9/11 was the biggest attack on America in history — bigger than Pearl Harbor! We declared war on terrorists and states that support them. We almost immediately conquered Afghanistan and then, after fiddle farting around for 14 years, (1990-2003) Iraq.
That was a good start. Iran also supports terrorism and sent soldiers to kill Americans — an act of war — so we should have conquered it. Syria supports terrorism and sent soldiers to kill Americans so we should have conquered it. Saudi Arabia is the ultimate instigator of terrorist philosophy and the primary financial supporter of it. We should have given the Saudis an offer they could not refuse. Shut down all Wahibi and other aggressive mosques and schools and stop Saudi government and private contribution to terrorism immediately if they didn’t or couldn’t, we should have taken it. This would have put the U.S. in control of most of the Middle Eastern oil supply. As other nations conducted war against us, we should then have conquered them. Ultimately, this would have put us in control of the rest of the Middle East, and North Africa. We should have occupied it for at least 60 years. We could have used the revenue from the oil to pay for our wars, develop and civilize the Middle East!
Don't say their culture is so foreign that they are not capable of being civilized. That is racist nonsense. Until 1945, the culture of Japan was totally evil and foreign to the West. We occupied and civilized her. We changed her religion, her government, her economy and her educational system. We still occupy her. Now, she poses a threat to no one. Whenever we suggest that we might withdraw these occupation forces, the people and government of Japan beg us to stay!
SEN. PAUL’S SPEECH
I have a better idea for taxation.
One, stop all regulation. Regulation is a more onerous form of taxation. Regulations are laws passed by the executive branch at the behest of large companies to hurt small competitors. If the government wants to forbid a practice legislate.
Two, institute a no rebate, no prebate, no nonsense consumption tax of 15 percent on all goods and services consumed in the United States.
The U.S. economy will take off!
How would this work?
Taxation 101 — What Americans Don’t Know About Taxes.
Listening to political hacks, journalists, effete intellectual snobs and Joe Sixpack discuss taxation convinces me that few in America, or the world, understand the basics of taxation. In America we have a “progressive” income tax because that is ‘fair.” In many other parts of the world they have value added taxes because they are “fair.” For many years, Malcolm S.”Steve” Forbes has advocated a flat tax because it is “fair.” Wannabe President Hillary R. Clinton wanted to “tax the rich” because it is “only fair that those who have more should pay more” — unless it is her. All of these claims demonstrate the fundamental ignorance of taxation that the world shares.
The fair taxation crowd doesn’t understand the First Axiom of Economics: “The consumer pays for everything.” General Motors buys a lot of steel, rubber, plastic and so forth. It also pays a lot of salaries. All of these expenses are included in the price of cars. When you buy a Chevy you pay for everything that it cost to manufacture transport and sell that Chevy plus a markup.
There is a corollary to the First Axiom of Economics. That corollary is: “The consumer pays all taxes.” This corollary is both counterintuitive and obvious. Many would like to see Bill Gates pay much more tax than they do. He already does because he consumes more than they do. Many would like him to pay a higher percentage in taxation. This is impossible.
Let’s use Gates to illustrate the obvious. Gates has certain needs, appetites, and desires. He is in the fortunate position of being able to pay himself any salary he wants. He decides what his salary will be. He looks at his needs, appetites and desires and determines that he needs $thismuch.00 to attain or maintain this life-style. He realizes he will have to pay a certain percentage of this in taxes so he boosts his salary to $thismuch.00 plus $thatmuchtax.00 to cover both.
Of course, everyone at Microsoft cannot set his own salary but everyone can refuse to accept the salary he is offered. When deciding whether to take or keep a job, an employee or potential employee calculates what it will cost him to satisfy his needs, appetites, and desires plus the taxman. If the salary offered will, he takes the job. If it won’t, he looks elsewhere.
Meanwhile, in another room, the bean counters at Microsoft calculate the cost of production for Microsoft’s products. They add in the cost of plastic for the disks, cardboard for boxes, paper for instruction manuals, legal fees, salaries, and all of Microsoft’s profit. They add a certain percentage to it for taxes and determine the price of Microsoft’s products. When the consumer buys a Microsoft product or buys a product or service that used a Microsoft product he pays for the plastic, cardboard, paper, legal fees, salaries and everything else used by Microsoft to manufacture the product — including Microsoft’s taxes and the taxes of everyone who sold anything to or works for Microsoft. So you, the consumer, are paying Bill Gates’ taxes.
So, the fairest way to pay taxes is as a straight forward, no prebates, no rebates, no nonsense consumption tax. A consumption tax has another advantage. Since people would be paying the consumption tax in America, it would go to the American government — there would be no deductions.
Most of us have never considered; how do the Germans buy raw materials in America, ship them to Germany, pay high salaries to an inefficient work force, pay obscene taxes to German governments, ship the product half-way around the world and still have a product at a competitive price? They are subsidized by the American taxpayer.
When we buy an imported product, we pay tax to the government of whatever country manufactures the goods we buy. If we buy French wine we pay taxes to the American and French governments. It’s the same for German cars and Japanese cameras. But these companies are allowed to deduct the taxes they pay to their home governments from American income taxes they pay.
But, in reality, most foreign governments exempt their companies from taxes on exported goods. The companies deduct the amount they should have paid in tax from the taxes they pay in America. America defends them and subsidizes them but they get a huge tax break. Why are American taxpayers subsidizing Mercedes-Benz?
If the consumer paid a consumption tax on everything he bought, except investments, stocks and bonds and American companies paid no tax at all, he (the American taxpayer) would be paying taxes to the American government that he now pays to the French, German and Japanese governments. Obviously, since French, German and Japanese have taxed the manufacturers of these goods, but at a lower rate, the consumer would still be paying tax to those governments. But the American government would get all of the tax paid in America. Since American producers would pay no taxes — not even sales taxes, American goods would be cheaper. What could possibly be fairer?
Taxation 102 — What do you suppose would happen to the U.S. Economy if…?
We are taxed to death! I’m not going to inflict a list of all the taxes we pay on you. I will just remind you of my speech “Taxation 101,” in which I point out that taxation and the cost of regulation, which is tax by another name, restrains the economy and are paid for by all of us.
Imagine if the government could take not more than 15% of the price of all goods and services consumed and no other taxes?
First, let’s separate income from expenses.
How much government do we want? In 1999, the last year we had a balanced budget, the U.S. government spent $1,700,000 million, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Does the federal government do anything you want that it didn’t do in 1999? O.K. let’s go back to the 1999 budget, the 1989 budget, ‘79?!
Fifteen percent according to economist Arthur Laffer, will give the government maximum production and maximum revenue. As you raise the percentage, you will get less production and less revenue and as you reduce the percentage you will get more production but less revenue.
Unfortunately, taxation has to be reduced for several years before the Laffer maximum is reached.
The Fair Tax folks say we can balance the budget with a 23% consumption tax. Unfortunately they mess up their plan with a lot of givebacks and deductions for the “poor.” We probably better find the optimal tax rate experimentally.
Let’s start at 25%. If we went back to the 1999 budget the 23% the “Fair Tax” folks propose still wouldn’t cover expenses. We can reduce this deficit somewhat by doing away with the “Fair Tax” crowd’s “pre-bates” — money they want to give to the poor. Everyone needs to have skin in the game! No pre-bates!
In a static market, the government would still receive less than it would spend. But this won’t be a static market! No one must participate in investigating himself. There is no federal government regulation. If the government wants to forbid a behavior, it outlaws it and enforces its own laws. The government must pay for any reports it asks an organization to submit.
The only people who would pay taxes would be the actual end consumer. The electrician does not pay tax on the wires and switches he puts into a home. The plumber does not pay taxes on pipe. The carpenter does not pay taxes on nails and lumber. They and none of their suppliers will have to submit reports or comply with federal regulation. So the house will be much cheaper — by most economists’ estimates about 50% cheaper. When I buy the house I pay a 23% tax on the house. So I buy a house that would costs $100,000 today for $61,500. Add 23% for consumption tax and the total is $75,645. What a deal! I’ll take two! I get more for my money and according to Laffer, the government gets more revenue.
The consumption tax would be one of two taxes that the government can collect. There would also be a mandatory import tax on goods from or through any country that puts obstacles in the way of U.S. imports. This duty is punitive. It is intended to encourage importers into the U.S. to play fair.
In year one, we pay 23% and freeze all federal hiring, pay/benefit increases and spending except for national defense — the only federal action that the Constitution requires the federal government to provide.
One thing that would make this less painful is to stop all employee replacements and pay increases. According to the Congressional Budget office approximately 7% of the non-military federal workforce retire, quit or are fired per year. So in the first Presidential cycle the federal work force would be reduced by nearly 30%. This will continue until we have just the number of federal employees to do what we want the federal government to do. All excess revenue is used to pay off the national debt. Retirement, attrition and inflation will require that the federal government get smaller.
The Laffer curve is hypothetical. Let’s find out experimentally what tax rate is optimal. In year one our consumption tax is 23%. We leave it there for a few years until it settles in. Then we reduce it to 22%. We leave it there for a few years until it settles in. If federal revenue is larger in period two, in period three the rate drops to 21%. At some point, we will discover the real optimal tax rate. If Laffer is correct, that point is $15%! So now my $100,000 house will cost me not $75,645 but $57,500 + 15% or $66,123. Maybe I will take three!
Remember, federal spending is frozen at 1999 levels — $1,700,000 million. There will be huge excess revenues. These revenues will be used to pay off the national debt and settle Social Security and Medicare entitlements.
When the national debt is paid off, we reduce taxation to the amount needed to balance our 1999 budget. What would happen?
First, this is an extremely easy tax to collect. All modern cash registers can calculate sales tax and add it to the total. This feature can be used to calculate our 15 or whatever percent consumption tax.
As soon as this taxation program was initiated, the U.S. economy would take off. The estimated $4 to $6 trillion that people are sitting on in the U.S. waiting to find out what will happen would immediately be invested in the U.S.
If we made this a constitutional amendment, the estimated $20 to $100 trillion that international investors are sitting on would go into the American market.
Foreign producers would have to pay value added taxes, corporate taxes, license fees, income taxes etc., etc., etc., ad nauseam as well as whatever onerous regulation and reporting their own government requires in their own country. Then they would have to ship the product to America where the 15% consumption tax would be added to the price. Then they would compete against products manufactured by companies paid no tax, complied with no regulation and whose customers pay a 15% consumption tax only.
American producers would produce with no tax and export to foreign markets and pay only the sales taxes in that country. The American trade imbalance would immediately reverse.
This is a win for foreigners too! All foreigners are not stupid. They will begin to move their production facilities to the U.S. Foreign governments facing rapidly falling tax revenue will at first squeal that the U.S. is unfair — tough! They will eventually have to mirror American taxation or be replaced by governments that will copy the American model. Free markets would spring up all over the world!
During this week’s primary speeches, we have proposed spending an inordinate amount of money. We want to pay off the national debt, build and modernize the military, individualize Social Security with a huge buy out. How can we pay for all of this? We will pay for it with fiat money — paper and digits that represent nothing the kind of money we use now. Then when we are debt free and strong, we will get off fiat money!
My Plan to Get the U.S. off Fiat money.
This shall not be discussed until it is accomplished.
While the U.S. dollar is still the international medium of exchange the United States will base its money on precious metals. Brazil, Russia, India, and China are doing this as I speak. If they acquires sufficient precious metal to base their currency on it before we do, their currencies will be the international mediums of exchange.
Getting off fiat money will be a world-wide, sub-rosa operation conducted through straw bank accounts. Through thousands of anonymous bank accounts throughout the world, the U.S. will manipulate the platinum, gold, silver, copper and other essential mineral markets. We will anonymously, buy metal and metal call options when the price is low. This will force the price up. We will then exercise the call options at a huge profit. Then we will buy put options. We will throw a few of tons of metal on the market to force the price down. Then we will sell the puts, at a huge profit, and buy calls and metal.
Since the treasury makes the medium of exchange in the precious metals markets, the U.S. dollar, the Secretary of the Treasury has absolute control of the precious metals market. Within a few months he will acquire the overwhelming majority of the world’s precious metal supply.
Meanwhile, he will pay off the national debt with fiat money.Then he will issue gold, silver, platinum, palladium, ruthenium, rhodium, osmium, iridium, nickel, copper and other precious metals certificates denominated in metric weights, readily exchangeable for the metal. He will issue precious metal certificates in the name of all countries that store their precious metal in our facilities. The U.S. shall guarantee that all of this paper and digits are backed up 100% by the precious metal. This will make us bankers to the world. Like all smart bankers, we will make a profit.
At some point, when the market determines the value of precious metals, we will exchange our platinum, gold, silver and copper certificates for legally gotten “old money.” This gives us the opportunity to get all laundered, counterfeit, ill-gotten and tax-evaded money out of the system. It will also give us an opportunity to collapse drug cartels, terrorist organizations, N. Korea, Iran and other rogue entities. They will be stuck with tons of worthless linen!
A better idea is to do away with currency altogether. Everyone with new money will have it in a bank of his choice. The bank must issue him a tamper-proof biometric Identity card or app for his smartphone. This card/phone serves as his I.D. card, passport, driver’s license, concealed carry permit, debit card, credit card, gym membership etc. If it is lost or stolen, it is cancelled and replaced. If someone wants to spend money on something illegal, immoral or secret, he can withdraw bullion. That ends robbery, and most other money crime.
It also creates a tremendous opportunity for identity thieves. Identity theft will become a crime carrying a mandatory life sentence. Once convicted, the hacker will be given the opportunity to join the “Geek Brigade” and work on making American computer networks hacker proof. If he wants to work for us, he will have a relatively pleasant incarceration and be paid. He will be an employee of the United States Cyber Command. Although he will be in the military, he will live as a civilian. If he doesn’t work for us or is unable or unwilling to make any significant contribution he will be sent to the general prison population.
Hacking and harboring a hacker is an act of war. If the Peoples’ Liberation Army hacks an American computer, it is an act of war. I will make China an “offer it cannot refuse.” I recommend all world leaders read The Godfather by Mario Puzo to understand exactly what that new diplomatic phrase means. To avoid being at war with the U.S. — a war that can only end with China’s unconditional surrender or destruction, China must turn over all of the culprits and open the P.R.C. to investigation by American law enforcement.
The culprits will be extradited to the United States for trial and incorporation into the American “Geek Brigade” force. These computer geeks will be immediately employed by the United States to protect the American computer networks. Their families may be brought over to join them they will even be allowed to visit China! The computer illiterate officers and politicians who directed this hacking will go to prison.
Getting the U.S. off fiat money will create a stable international currency and marketplace. It will also set an economy of gradual, natural recession. Contrary to “common knowledge,” which is almost always incorrect, recession is good and natural. Since we produce more stuff than we mine precious metal, there is naturally a gradual recession until someone discovers a huge new source of precious metal as Cortez did in 1521 and JamesW. Marshall did in 1848.
Since it goes against common knowledge that the economy is usually in inflation let me give you an example. In 1962, Motel 6 took its name from its promise to provide a “clean comfortable room” for $6.00. In 1962, a dollar was an ounce of silver. You could take your dollar bill, officially called a “silver certificate” in those days, to a bank and exchange it for a silver dollar containing an ounce of silver. Even though the price of silver is being held down by Brazil, Russia, India, and China its value usually hovers between $15.00 and $20.00 (as I write this on 23 January 2017 it is 17.21 per ounce) $17.21 X 6 = 103.26 but Motel 6 rooms are much cheaper, usually about half or less, than that. The price of a Motel 6 room like almost everything else has been falling slowly. Gradual recession is the sign of a healthy economy unless you are a politician who is stupid about economics and thinks he can make his country richer by printing more money. Fiat money is leading the United States and the world to disaster. We shall get off of it!