My platform can be summarized in one sentence:- “I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
The United States of America is a constitutional republic governed by the rule of law and the consent of the governed. As a congressman, I will seek to repeal all unconstitutional laws, starting with the Patriot Act and section 1031 of the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act.
The NDAA gives the military the power to round up and indefinitely detain american citizens without representation or due process and violates the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth amendments to the constitution – even the Magna Carta which dates back to 1215 AD. President Obama, who taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago, knowingly violated his oath of office when he signed it into law on New Years Eve 2011 and so should be impeached for high crimes and treason. Bush and Cheney should also be prosecuted for war crimes and treason.
Laws which violate the Bill of Rights and Constitution have no legal basis and may not be enforced (Marbury vs. Madison), but I will seek to remove them from the books anyway.
I will vote to de-fund and end both our overt wars on Iraq and Afghanistan and our covert wars in Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Pakistan, Syria and Iran. Unless a declaration of war is passed by Congress, it’s illegal. This applies to both the military and so-called “civilian contractors.” Let’s end the wars we’re in and not start or join any new ones. Congress decides whether we go to war, not the president, not NATO, nor the UN.
And I question the justfication for the wars – the official 9/11 story. Six of the ten 9/11 commissioners said they were lied to and the report is a fraud. I agree with the 1,600+ architects who have called for a new independent investigation of the events of 9/11, particularly the free-fall collapse of WTC7 – which was not hit by a plane.
9/11 gave the excuse to ramp up an Orwellian police/ surveillance state, supposedly to combat Al Quada, but now it’s unambiguously directed at you and I, the American citizens. Anyone who disagrees with the government is branded a terrorist and the skies are patrolled by Homeland Security predator drones.
We should disband the TSA, I will vote to deny appropriations for this unconstitutional and lawless agency. Airports should hire sworn peace officers to provide airport security who will obey the fourth amendment. The TSA has no right to randomly search people at shopping malls, bus stations, trains and highway checkpoints without probably cause.
The banks own Washington. Congress has allowed them to perform the biggest heist in history, looting untold trillions from us, our children and grandchildren. They’re pillaging the planet and any country they don’t control gets bombed into submission.
McClatchy newspapers reported that Goldman Sachs and other international banks deliberately triggered the global economic collapse by shorting the derivatives they sold, primarily Collateralized Debt Obligations and Credit Default Swaps. They have been implicated in unprecedented fraud leading to the destruction of the Icelandic and Greek economies. Iceland is fighting back by jailing their bankers and filing billion-dollar lawsuits. We need to follow Iceland’s lead — the bankers are NOT too big to jail.
I am calling for a full investigation into the activities of these megabanks and prosecuting them to the fullest extent of the law — up to and including revocation of their charter to operate. And if Goldman Sachs is found guilty of defrauding American taxpayers, we need to investigate *all* of its former executives in government, regulatory and rating agencies for any part they played in the criminal conspiracy under RICO statutes. Former Goldman Sachs CEO Hank Paulson used his position as Treasury Secretary to ram through the original banker bailout bill, ostensibly to ease up the credit markets. This let the banks steal $23 TRILLION from we the taxpayers, (Bloomberg, 7/20/09) and to add insult to injury, they’re still not lending. It’s the biggest heist in history and everyone responsible needs to go to jail.
Derivatives are private gambling debts between private institutions and are not the responsibility of the taxpayer. We should reinstate Glass Steagal. Banks can be either commercial or investment banks, not both. Banks which have merged both operations must break up to separate their investment arms from their commercial arms, and any liabilities transferred from the investment side to the commercial side must be returned (so the losses are not FDIC insured and dumped on the taxpayers). For example, Bank of America’s Merril Lynch division dumped $75 TRILLION in debts onto the FDIC-backed commercial arm.
“Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws.” Mayer Amschel Rothschild
The Federal Reserve is not federal, and it has no reserve. It is a cartel of private bankers controlling the U.S. money supply and making hundreds of billions in interest on currency they print for the U.S. government and private banks. I call for the passage of the American Monetary Act, to roll “The Fed” into the U.S. Department of Treasury which will resume its task of printing U.S. dollars, as the U.S. Constitution directs, thereby eliminating our debt-based monetary system and liberating our dollars to be used for the good of the people. There needs to be a full audit of the Fed, including the names of all the shareholders. Those shareholders must account for – and return – all the money they gave to foreign banks and companies in Europe and beyond.
Poisons: I will make it a felony to knowingly add biologically harmful agents to our food, air, water or vaccines. These would include (but not be restricted to) neurotoxins, immunosupressants, endocrine disruptors, carcinogens and heavy metals.
- Food: Until the toxins are banned, food packaging must clearly state which toxins are present on the front of the packaging, similar to the warnings mandated on tobacco products. These would include (but not be limited to) named pesticides, genetically modified (GM) material and aspartame. GM food has been banned across Europe because it causes major organ failure and sterility in mammals. I would withdraw all agricultural subsidies for the production of GM crops and livestock. I will also hold manufacturers of GM seed liable for damage caused when their seed contaminates organic farms. The boards of corporations selling tainted food should be held personally liable for all deaths, injuries and fertility problems caused by their products. I would also ban food products developed with or containing human tissue or DNA. Everyone has a right to know what they are putting into their bodies.
- Air: I would ban all geoengineering programs and research by repealing 50 USC Section 1520a which allows the military to test chemical and biological weapons on the civilian population without our knowledge or consent. The US is a signatory to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity which bans geoengineering. I will mandate the the EPA to resume testing for airborne aluminum and other metals which it ceased in 2002.
- Water: I would outlaw forced medication via the water supply, including fluoride, and mandate a program of random independent testing for additives using mass spectroscopy at the outlets of water treatment plants.
- Vaccines: I will vote to repeal the Model State Emergency Health Act which gives the government power to force-vaccinate US citizens against their will. I will also strip the legal immunity which protects vaccine manufacturers from prosecution from people harmed by their vaccines. I will make it a felony to deny work, housing or education to any person who chooses not to vaccinate themselves or their children. Vaccines must undergo independent animal fertility testing and the results must be prominently featured in all consumer marketing literature. Former drug company executives should be banned from working at the FDA and CDC and I propose making it a felony for former FDA and CDC executives and their families to accept renumeration from drug companies for at least 20 years since working at the FDA or CDC. I also propose a ban on direct to consumer marketing of prescription drugs. The drug companies simply cannot be trusted – Bayer knowingly exposed 100,000 people to HIV-tainted injections.
I will resist any further moves towards global economic union and governance. I will vote to leave NAFTA, CAFTA, GATT, the WTO, SPP and UN. We should not be ruled by unelected, private organizations. We should also leave NATO – the Cold War is over and NATO has no business telling us which countries to bomb.
The drug war has been an expensive disaster for everyone except the cartels, prison-industrial complex and banks like Wells Fargo/ Wachoiva who were convicted of
laundering $370 billion in drug money. We should follow Portugal’s lead, where decriminalizing drugs led to lower crime rates and halved drug usage. Compare that with Mexico, where the drug war has claimed 47,000 lives in the last five years. And the cartels do not stop at the border – Pheonix, AZ is second only to Mexico City as the world’s kidnapping capital. Decriminalising drugs will take the profit out of the drug trade and the money currently being spent incarcerating nonviolent drug offenders would be much better spent on rehabilitation and medical treatment.
Global Warming: Our climate changes all the time. Grapes were grown as far north as Scotland and Newfoundland (the vikings named it “Vinland“) during the Medieval Warm Period (950AD to 1250AD), while London’s Thames River froze solid in the 1680s. The sun goes through activity cycles which effect the temperature on all the planets.
Carbon dioxide is a trace gas with a negligible effect on global temperature. And what Al Gore’s famous hockey stick graph didn’t tell you is that carbon dioxide levels rise *after* temperatures rise. The colder it is, the fewer plants and animals are around to produce CO2. Advocates of the man made global warming theory were caught manipulating data to “hide the decline” in the Climategate emails.
The science is *not* in, and we certainly should not be setting global policy on bad science, let alone pay global carbon taxes to the banks for producing an essential, life giving gas. It is not a toxic gas, as the EPA has ruled. I will resist all attempts to impose a carbon tax on the American people.
- 1992: The Rockefeller-funded Club of Rome wrote: “The common enemy of humanity is man. In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is humanity itself.”
- 1997: Al Gore works with Enron’s Ken Lay to develop the first carbon tax.
- 2006: Gore releases “An Inconvenient Truth,” while remaining a major shareholder in Occidental Petroleum.
- 2007: A British High Court rules it factually incorrect and bans it from being shown in UK schools without a disclaimer.
- 2010 Al Gore buys an $8.8 million ocean front mansion, despite his shrill warnings about rising sea levels.
- 2011: Newly elected Australian premier Julia Gillard breaks her campaign promise and and imposes a carbon tax on an outraged Australian public and Rep. George Miller recommends imposing it on the American people.
I fully support the second amendment.
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
Pretty clear, don’t you think? But our emails are being read, our phone conversations recorded, our cable TV and internet activity logged – and now Smart Meters are recording which household appliances we use and when. All without warrants, all violating the fourth amendment. Before he was elected then Senator Obama promised to filibuster legislation which would give the Telecoms retroactive immunity from prosecution for illegally wiretapping us – but then went on to vote for it. Bush at least had the honesty to say he considered the Constitution “just a g**d****ed piece of paper.”
As congressman, I would introduce legislation which would mandate all private and governmental agencies who collect data from US citizens to tell them in clear language what data is being collected (including text, voice, location, video, audio and web), how it’s being collected and who has access to it (from “our partners” to the NSA). Citizens would be able to opt-out of data collection (similar to the Do Not Call registry) but if the collection continues, they would be allowed fast track prosecution under the Fourth Amendment. Law enforcement and Homeland Security would still be able to track the bad guys simply by getting warrants. I would also make it illegal for utilities to install Smart Meters without written consent from their customers (homeowners, renters or businesses) or charge extra for restoring the analog meters. Utilities should also be held liable for any adverse medical effects caused by their Smart Meters.
Our freedom of speech on the Internet is under heavy attack with a barrage of legislation including ACTA, SOPA, PIPA, HR1981 and even the UN’s ITU. All of these would give governments the power to shut down websites at will without due process and stifle free speech. This is in clear violation of the First Amendment and I will resist and/or repeal any legislation which restricts our right of free speech. Besides, these bills are redundant. The crimes they purport to deal with are already illegal.
Campaign Finance & Electoral Reform: I strongly favor campaign finance reform. Corporations are not people, and money is not speech. There is no first amendment right for special interests to buy elections and politicians. Eventually, we must make it possible for people of modest means to run for office without selling themselves to the big money interests. This means public financing of campaigns and equal free air time to all qualified candidates. Therefore, I support HR1826 Fair Elections Now Act which would make clean, publicly financed campaigns a reality. But more is required. If we are to have a government which serves people and not multinational corporations and banks, we must sever the connection between big money and political power. Most importantly, we must make sure that every citizen has the opportunity to vote and that every vote results in a paper ballot which can be counted, recounted, and audited as necessary. Methods of voting which do not meet this test must be outlawed. .
CIA: We have several intelligence-gathering agencies in the Pentagon. They are more than adequate to the task. The Central Intelligence Agency has caused the death of millions of people with its covert actions and the resulting wars. It has caused the United States to be hated and to become the target of terrorists. Two presidents have tried to reform the CIA, and have failed. If it can’t be reformed, the CIA should be abolished. At the same time, professional analysts at the CIA have often been right only to be ignored or overruled by some administrations. There should be a way of providing unfiltered intelligence to both parties in Congress regardless of who is president. The American people have suffered quite enough because of doctored intelligence and deliberate manipulation. .
Conservative/Liberal Division: The terms “Conservative” and “Liberal” are time-honored labels that have unfortunately lost most of their meaning today. The corporate ruling class and their media have artificially divided the American people and turned us against each other because they don’t want us to know who our real oppressors are. Well, no more. It’s time we the people came together and took back our country. Conservatives and liberals have BOTH been alienated, manipulated, ridiculed, and ignored by the ruling elite who have no ideology at all, but serve only money and power. I believe that conservatives and liberals agree on the vast majority of the issues. They just use different words. Both want a government that follows the Constitution and serves the interests of ordinary Americans. Both want an end to wars of conquest and empire on behalf of the financial interests of multinational corporations. Both love their country but fear and distrust their government. Both are correct. Both will have their interests served by a new American government freed from the control of big-money interests.
Constitutional Government: The Constitution is very clear about the limited scope of the federal government’s enumerated powers, as written in the Tenth Amendment. One of the legitimate functions given the federal government by the Constitution is to provide for the common defense. Americans are now under attack, along with the several States and the nation itself, not by other nations, but by transnational corporations and banks and their supralegal police – in particular the World Trade Organization which can overrule laws made by the American people and confiscate our property. We need a federal government big enough and strong enough to protect us from these enemies. Both parties serve big business interests. It wasn’t always so. The two Roosevelts (one from each party) both used the government to protect people from the power of big business. We need such a government again. It’s time we have a government who treats the U.S. Constitution like it matters. The Democratic Party was once the party of the people — workers, the middle class, immigrants, our men and women in uniform, mom-and-pop businesses. It can be again, but only if it stands up for the U.S. Constitution and the people.
Corporate Personhood: Corporations are not people and yet corporations are afforded the same rights as a person. The result is that giant corporations can control the entire political landscape by donating to its favored candidates, political action committees (PACs), political parties, issue groups, and legislators. Real campaign finance reform is impossible so long as corporations are able to purchase power. Corporations and other fictitious entities are not ‘persons’ and should not have the same personal rights and privileges afforded under the U.S. Constitution. Corporations started as entities chartered by a State for a particular purpose and for a fixed length of time. They had to serve the public interest. They didn’t last forever, and they had to do more than make money for their shareholders. Their charters could be withdrawn by the state at any time. Perhaps we should return to this concept.
Crime: Too many politicians are doing evil in the name of fighting crime. This country’s fastest-growing industry is locking people up. We have a quarter of all the prisoners in the whole world in this country. We need to pardon thousands of nonviolent offenders and political prisoners. As a member of Congress, I will work to end the disastrous “war on drugs,” which has turned out to be little more than an excuse to lock up thousands of nonviolent young Americans, while WHITE-COLLAR CRIMINALS, responsible for destroying thousands of lives go free. Justice in America should not have a price tag. It should be color-blind — even to green.
Cuba: We should end the embargo of Cuba and establish normalized relations immediately including closing the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay. . Death Penalty: I firmly oppose the death penalty. It has been demonstrated that it does not deter violence, but instead promotes disrespect for human life. It is applied mainly against the poor, minorities and, all too often, the innocent. It is barbaric, anachronistic, and counter-productive. As a Congressman, I will seek to abolish the death penalty.
Defense Spending: I support a military strong enough to protect the people of this country. But I strongly oppose using the military to protect the financial interests of multinational corporations and banks. After 65 years, there is no reason for us to still be occupying Germany and Japan. I would bring home our troops. This change in mission and deployment would allow the defense budget to be reduced substantially. We now have a trillion dollars in new weapons on the books for future procurement — useless nukes and unneeded cold war weapons. At the same time, we have thousands of soldiers and their families on food stamps. Our priorities must change. The defense budget no longer bears any relationship to our national security. Maintaining an empire is destroying our economy and society. The military budget is an underlying cause of America’s fiscal woes. The annual U.S. military budget is probably really around $900B. That’s not including the the $300-400B or so in debt service on the national debt caused by the past years of excessive military spending. Compare that with China, the next highest spending country on military: they only spend around $80B (and they have 3 times our population). Other civilized countries like Russia, England and France spend far less.
Therefore, I propose a Military Readiness Funding Act that reduces the size of the military and thus the size of government and thus hugely reduces the tax burden on everyone. The Act requires the U.S. to spend double the amount that our nearest adversary spends on military. That would mean $160B. That would free up $700B every year for sensible things like building out the green power infrastructure, deficit reduction and even tax breaks. As it stands, the military budget is little more than corporate welfare for the weapons manufacturers. President Eisenhower warned us about a Military Industrial Complex and it being a subsidy for the transnational financial interests our military protects. In the long run, defense spending can be cut by more than 80% while increasing our national security.
Because of the enormous costs of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, achieving this goal will take time. Just to replace the helicopters the National Guard needs to deal with natural disasters like Katrina will take many billions of dollars. Taking care of the disabled veterans created in this war will cost trillions of dollars. This is all the more reason to end American occupations and wars now and use the existing funds to bring home our troops and rebuild our military capability. Congress holds the purse-strings. It should do something with them for a change.
Farm Issues: Like other small businesses, American family farmers are becoming an endangered species. They are falling victim to globalization and the giant agribusiness transnational corporations. Farm subsidies should only go to family farms. They are a vital national resource and must be protected and encouraged to develop new methods of sustainable agriculture. Dairymen and farmers are getting a smaller and smaller share of each dollar we spend in the supermarket. The lion’s share goes to giant processors and packagers. This trend must be reversed.
It is imperative that agribusiness is not allowed to push through legislation in the name of food safety, the effect of which would be to promote monopolies in food production. They have used bogus threats of avian flu to get rid of normal poultry in Asia, and false fear of swine flu to wipe out normal swine in Egypt. They use these mass slaughters to eliminate normal animals so they can substitute genetically-engineered ones they claim are disease-resistant. It is not about food safety. It is about creating an economic monopoly and absolute control of the world food supply. Just as Monsanto wants a monopoly with its “Terminator” seeds and “Zombie” seeds (the latest form of “GURT” or Genetic Use Restriction Technology), agribusiness wants to eliminate normal biodiversity and substitute their “Frankenfoods.” Another huge threat to farmers and our food supply (as well as many pet owners) is the National Animal Identification System or NAIS. It would require computer tagging of every farm animal (including pets) in the country. It would require a report to the government every time such an animal leaves its designated address, as well as reports on every incident in the animal’s life. Huge factory farms like Tyson are exempted from the enormous expense, record-keeping, and reporting requirements of this legislation (designed to drive small farmers out of business). It would be monitored and enforced by the Department of Homeland Security, with both NAIS and DHS working for Monsanto.
Foreign Policy: Foreign policy must be conducted in the interest of the American people and (when not in conflict with this) the interest of the people of the world. It must NOT be conducted in the interest of transnational organizations and their owners. The world’s billionaires must no longer be allowed to dictate policies through the IMF, the World Bank, the G-8, the WTO, and their hired hands in the Republican and Democratic parties. The greatest external threat we face is nuclear terrorism. We are the target of terrorists because our government is feared and hated — and for good reason. It is hated because it has done hateful things to people all around the world. It has deposed elected leaders and supported brutal dictators who sell out their own people to the multinational corporations. More recently, our government has been responsible for the death of over half a million children in Iraq and for the rape of Yugoslavia.
Under the Cheney/Rumsfeld/Bush administration, foreign policy was abandoned altogether in favor of empire-building through illegal, unconstitutional wars against Afghanistan and Iraq. This has further increased the fear and hatred directed against us. It has provided thousands of new recruits for terrorism and has subsequently increased the terrorist threat to this country. The only way to free the American people from the threat of nuclear terrorism is to get control of our government and stop it from doing hateful things in our name. No president can go to war without the approval of Congress and the funding only Congress can provide. As a member of Congress, I will vote to use the men and women of our armed forces to protect our borders, not the financial interests of Exxon and Halliburton. We must end the embargo of Cuba, end the imposition of sanctions against nations we can’t control, end the occupation of Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, and Iraq, and end our foreign policy of military domination altogether.
We must refrain from arrogant unilateralism. Instead, we must use diplomacy and humility to regain a respected place in the family of nations. It’s time Congress reasserted its right and returned this nation to a Constitutional foreign policy. . Geneva Convention: All prisoners taken in the “War on Terror” should be accorded either the rights granted by the Bill of Rights or those granted by the Geneva Convention. There is no excuse for attempting to deny the protections of the Geneva Convention to prisoners, whether they are combatants or not. If we mistreat prisoners, we can expect our soldiers to be mistreated as well. But even if our people are tortured and mistreated by their captors, that does not give us an excuse to do likewise. We are a nation of laws, and we must maintain a position as a responsible member of the family of nations.
Iran: Iran is perceived as a threat to the security of the United States because of past misguided foreign policy. At the behest of the oil companies, in 1953 the CIA overthrew Mosadegh and installed the brutal Shah of Iran. The Shah, in return for selling out his own people to our oil companies, was supporte. His infamous Savak secret police was trained, armed, and paid by the United States. It’s no wonder the Iranian people resented us by the time the Shah lost control. Even so, the great majority of Iranians don’t want to destroy the U.S. or kill Americans. They just want to be left alone to run their country as they see fit. Like North Korea, they desperately need electrical power, and are pursuing nuclear reactors. They claim that their uranium enrichment program is for strictly civilian purposes, and we have little evidence that that’s not the case. Until the United States started its saber-rattling, Iran’s nuclear activities were under close watch by United Nations inspectors. Analysts at the CIA claim that Iran, even if it really wants nuclear weapons, could not build one for ten years. The Obama Administration, however, calling this a “crisis,” has already inserted U.S. troops into parts of Iran, and is refusing to take the option to use military force off the table. (Sounds like Iraq all over again, doesn’t it?) Senior military officers, disgusted by the war in Iraq, have threatened to resign if our government orders a nuclear attack on Iran. And indeed they should. The Nuremberg principles which this country expounded after World War II provide that military officers have not only the right, but the DUTY to disobey an illegal order. The U.S. government must also use whatever pressure is necessary to prevent Israel from conducting an unprovoked attack on Iran.
Iraq: Saddam Hussein, as bad as he was, had nothing to do with Al Qaeda or 9/11. His secular Ba’athist state was hated by fundamentalist Muslims. By kicking him out under the pretext of his “weapons of mass destruction,” we have empowered Shi’ite Muslim fanatics who want to make Iraq an Islamic state, and greatly worsened the terrorist threat to the United States and its citizens. If we allow our military occupation to continue, we will be doomed to the same kind of defeat in Iraq that we suffered in Vietnam. The occupation is bleeding our military and our treasury. Our troops should be brought home and replaced by peacekeepers from the UN and Iraq’s neighbors. To make that happen, our government will have to make three commitments: (1) to give up all rights to Iraqi oil, (2) to give up control of the rebuilding projects (let Halliburton bid like anybody else, and let them hire Iraqis for a change), and (3) to give up the 14 permanent military bases we are building in Iraq. President Bush didn’t make those commitments, and President Obama is unlikely to do so either, so the Congress must force him to. Congress has the Constitutional power to do so, and must exercise it. It must be taken seriously. Of course, I would propose a more radical approach. Resolutions and legislation which can be vetoed are meaningless exercises. Congress has the Constitutional authority to make policy without the president’s signature. It can order the troops to be withdrawn. It can also simply stop voting money for the war. Congress is even less likely to act now, so the people must demand the change we voted for. You can’t “win” an occupation. End it now!
Israeli/Middle East: Any solution must somehow be equitable to both sides. A resolution must be found. Israel’s policies are incongruous with American values – we do not accept ethnic cleansing, apartheid, confiscations, home demolitions, deportations, assassinations, war crimes, walls for separation, nor violence to achieve political ends. Violence only breeds more hatred in generations yet to come. The United States has at times played a positive role in bringing the sides together in search of peace. The Camp David accords under Jimmy Carter gave the world hope that a resolution was at hand. Somehow it slipped away. The subsequent attempts under Bill Clinton had no chance of success because they were predicated on a West Bank looking like a piece of Swiss cheese, with the Palestinian areas being the holes. Any resolution must include a contiguous Palestinian homeland on the West Bank, free of Israeli settlements, highways, checkpoints, and walls. I am calling for a solution based on Israeli withdrawal to its pre-1967 borders coupled with a U.S. guarantee of Israeli security within those borders. Moreover, Israeli must comply with all UN resolutions. Israel must give up its settlements and its occupations and declare peace with the Palestinians. The task of the United States becomes one of building the peace through active engagement and broad financial assistance to both sides. One of the best things we can do is encourage economic inter-dependence between the states of Israel and Palestine. Ideally this should take place within a broader campaign to rebuild the entire Middle East. Such an endeavor can only succeed if we are seen as an impartial and benign helping hand – not as an occupying power, nor as a lapdog for either side. We are useless as a peacemaker so long as we are seen as an ally of Israel fighting her wars for her. It’s time for honest negotiations for peace.
North American Union (NAU, Security & Prosperity Partnership, SPP): A few years ago, President George W. Bush and the then heads of state of Mexico and Canada quietly signed an agreement initiating the SPP and heading our three nations toward political union. The plan includes a 12-lane highway from a port on the West coast of Mexico up through the heart of the United States and into Canada. This highway will parallel Interstate 35 through Texas and on up to a major trade hub in Kansas City. Neither the hub in Kansas City or the toll road itself will belong to the United States. Like so many of our toll roads, and our sea-ports, it will be foreign owned. The idea is for goods from Japan, China, and the Far East to enter through Mexico, go unhindered across the U.S. border to the hub in Kansas City and then fan out throughout the country or go on into Canada. American longshoremen and teamsters would be avoided altogether. That way corporations make more profit because they pay Chinese laborers to make the goods, Mexican laborers to transfer it from ships to trucks, and Mexican drivers to deliver it to their warehouses. This scheme is NAFTA on steroids. It is globalization gone wild. It will further destroy the standard of living in the United States, and finish off our middle class – and all without any consultation with the American people or their representatives in Congress. Congress must make it clear that this is illegal and unacceptable. I will propose legislation prohibiting the NAU.
Prescription Drugs: The current Plan D (for Disaster) program for prescription drugs for seniors is masquerading as part of Medicare. It is nothing like Medicare. It is a subsidy for giant pharmaceutical companies and a boon for insurance companies. But it is a disaster for struggling seniors. The whole mess should be scrapped completely. Instead, prescription drugs should be covered as a normal part of Medicare, just like x-rays, doctor visits, and surgery. In addition, the government should allow itself to negotiate with drug manufacturers for the lowest possible prices. That would save money for taxpayers. But the cost to the government of drugs should be immaterial to patients, because they should never pay more than $10 for a month’s supply of medicine.
Quid Pro Quo Politics: As Congressman I will fight for legislation to stop elected officials from working with lobbyists while in office and later becoming lobbyists when they leave office. Too many times they end-up working for (and becoming very wealthy I might add) and legislating for these large corporations who do not have the best interests of the American people in mind. These politicians take money from big money interests and their K Street lobbyists, then turn around and vote on behalf of those interests. If the giant multi-national corporations didn’t make billions in profits from the votes of “their” politicians, they wouldn’t spend tens of millions on those politicians. The result is that we have the best Congress money can buy. It’s usually impossible to prove that a “quid pro quo” has taken place. But if you look at how individuals vote and then look at who funded their campaign, who lined their pocket, and who took them on expensive junkets, you KNOW it has happened. When I get to Congress, I will NOT take money or gifts from corporations, special interest groups or lobbyists. I will serve the PEOPLE of my district and the United States. My votes will not be for sale. No individual who works in the public domain should be legally allowed to work as a lobbyist when they retire to the private sector where they can manipulate politicians and policy in our government with “back-door” deals jeopardizing the good of the American people. It must stop! . School of the Americas: The House voted to change its name, but not its mission. It is still training death squads in the techniques of torture, intimidation, and assassination. It must be closed and not reopened under any name.
Signing Statements: No President is above the law. The President should be required to abide by legislation passed by the people’s Congress and signed or vetoed. The President should not be allowed to sign a bill and at the same time say that he is not going to abide by it. President Obama should vacate all the over 1100 signing statements imposed by President George W. Bush and stop making his own.
Social Security: There’s a very easy way to make the Social Security system solvent forever — do away with the cap on earnings subject to the FICA tax. Right now, this is by far our most regressive tax. It is a heavy burden on workers and small businesses; but it is a free ride for the wealthy. Tax all income at the same rate. Make FICA a flat tax. That will bring in so much money the government won’t know what to do with it. The current ceiling could be replaced with a floor. Nobody would have to pay FICA tax on the first $40,000 per year, but they would get credit as if they had. All income above that would be taxed at the current rate. Benefits could be raised, and there would still be more than enough to handle the baby boomers.
Term Limits for Congress and Senate (House of Representatives): I strongly support term limits and as a Congressman I will push for legislation to make this Law. Although there are good people in the House of Representatives, I believe there are an equal amount of bad. Representatives can be bought off, plain and simple. We need fresh, new, passionate representatives that truly represent and fight for the citizenry of this nation. All too often we have the same, entrenched and self-serving representatives who look at corporate America as their constituency and not the people. The democratic process of voting out incumbents is not a guarantee when election results can be manipulated. This is why term limits need to be the law of the land. The amount of service should be determined and voted on by the people.
Tort Reform: This is Republican code for protecting giant corporations from being held responsible for damages to their customers. Without the threat of large jury awards for pain and suffering and penalty damages for negligence, corporations will not spend the time, effort, and money it takes to make sure its products and services are as safe as possible. Yes, trial lawyers sometimes make lots of money from their share of these awards, but they also perform many hours of pro bono work each year. The appearance of occasional abuse is no reason to discard necessary legal protections for consumers. Indeed, these few large awards serve as a valuable deterrent to reckless corporate behavior.
Trade Issues: I support trade; but it should be fair trade, not free trade. I oppose NAFTA, CAFTA, and the World Trade Organization (WTO). They are not really about free trade, but free investment. Everything about them favors the billionaire investors. NAFTA created 20 new billionaires in Mexico (and a bunch in the U.S.). But it decreased the standard of living for workers on BOTH sides of the Rio Grande. Rather than raise the standard of living in the third world to match ours, these agreements are decreasing our standards to match those in poor countries. The newly created transnational organizations (like the WTO) are run by and for the giant multinationals and banks, with no public accountability, no minutes of their meetings, no reasons for their decisions, no input from workers or their elected representatives, and no loyalty to any nation. They overrule our laws, ignore our courts, and force our workers to compete with Chinese slave labor. They destroy the quality of life everywhere except Wall Street. Now we have CAFTA, too. Enough is enough. There should be no trade agreements without protection for workers and the environment. The destruction of the standard of living in Mexico caused by NAFTA has been a major factor in driving desperate workers into this country as illegal aliens. We should follow the example of the European Union. When countries like Greece and Spain wished to join, they were told that they would have to reform their social system to give greater protections to their workers, reduce the gap between rich and poor, and raise the standard of living of their workers before they could be admitted. European countries did not want the standard of living in their countries to be jeopardized by admitting potential sources of cheap labor. Unfortunately, the designers of NAFTA have different priorities. Being dominated by giant corporate interests, sources of cheap labor were exactly what they wanted, and to them the resultant reduction in wages within the United States was a desirable side benefit increasing their profit margins. We desperately need a Congress which will protect the workers in this country and will only approve trade agreements which do so.
Veterans: The government has broken its word to our retired combat veterans. They were promised free health care for life for themselves and their families in exchange for 20 years of service. Now they are kicked back and forth between the VA, Medicare, and Medicaid, and often wind up paying their own way or going without proper care. Our veterans have been lied to about exposure to nuclear tests, about Agent Orange, and about Gulf War Syndrome. Tens of thousands have been disabled by Depleted Uranium. They are not given the respect they deserve. They deserve better. Most of our veterans were sent to fight in wars that had nothing to do with American security. The best thing our government can do for its combat veterans is to quit making more of them. The VA system should be fully funded. What’s more, the care of our veterans should be considered “mandatory” funding, not “discretionary spending.”