I found out today that another possible candidate for President has been putting out some feelers, and forming an exploratory committee. Now I have met this guy, talked to him on the phone recently and think he would make a good Presidential Candidate. I have edited his National Issues Position statement enough to take out the obvious references to his career. Without knowing who this man is, do you like his positions on the issues, and would you support him if he were to run?
Economy – Lower taxes, smaller government, and less spending will reduce the deficit and enable economic growth and a truly “stimulated” economy.
I believe in the reduction of taxes at all levels, and a need to reform the tax system by studying and implementing a “flat tax” or “fair tax,” which relies on a national sales tax instead of a tax on income.
We also need to return American manufacturing to our Country by revoking unfair “free trade” agreements which have severely damaged our economy through loss of jobs and skill development. We need the phrase “Made in America” to mean something again.
We must cut the deficit and balance the budget using accurate data unlike budget projections used by the present administration.
Constitution – ......................, I know that the Constitution of the United States is the Supreme Law of the Land and all officials, state and federal, Legislative, Executive and Judicial are bound thereby.
Separation of Powers, Checks and Balances, States’ Rights, and our Bill of Rights are integral parts of the Constitution which we must observe.
All actions of state and federal officials must conform to the Constitution and it should only be changed by amendments by the people, not decisions of activist judges.
Immigration – We must stop the flow of illegal aliens across both our northern and southern borders. Open borders are a threat to our national security and to our economy.
We must allow willing states (like Arizona) to do their own job of protecting the health, safety, and welfare of its citizens.
Health Care – We do not need socialized medicine which will ultimately lead to loss of quality and affordability of health care, as well as loss of access to the latest medical technology.
Businesses should receive tax credits for employee health care coverage, and health insurance should be available between the states for competition and quality care.
Churches and charitable organizations should be encouraged to help the needy and poor.
Military - As a former military officer, Vietnam veteran, and graduate of West Point, I believe in a strong military defense, and I have always been a strong advocate for the men and women who now serve in the Armed Forces.
More funding should be available to develop a missile defense system and to bring back our Navy, Air Force, Army, Marines and Coast Guard to the most modern technological advances including weapon systems.
Homosexuality should be against military policy as was the law prior to Bill Clinton.
We should not be entangled in foreign wars merely at the whim and caprice of any President. Only in dire emergencies should a President as Commander-in-Chief employ the use of arms as set forth in the War Powers Clause. In all other cases action by Congress is required under the Constitution.
Energy – We need independence from foreign oil by freeing access to our own natural resources and developing other sources such as nuclear, solar, wind, and fossil fuels. Coal and oil supplies should be developed. Off shore drilling should be increased but subject to reasonable regulations.
Education – the federal government should not hamper the education systems of various states as there is no authority for federal involvement under the Constitution.
Competition between the states and freedom of various educational structures should be available to parents who are charged with the responsibility to teach their children.
Charter schools, vouchers, tax credits, home schooling, Christian schools, and technical training should be encouraged.
Foreign Affairs – America should serve as a good example to other nations, not as a police force to force our will upon others.
We must treat sovereign nations as we would want to be treated.
Respect for our strength is our best defense. “Walk softly and carry a big stick” is and should be our guide.
We should not be subject to UN control and direction and should not rely or support UN treaties like LOST (Law of the Sea Treaty), Convention on the Rights of the Child, and Kyoto Protocol, which Barack Obama unsuccessfully tried to force on our Country. Such treaties only undermine our sovereignty as a nation.
We must stand strongly with our allies and act with authority and discipline with those who would undermine and destroy our national security.
We must maintain a strong nuclear defense and not rely on nuclear reduction treaties which will leave us vulnerable to foreign powers.
Family – As a husband, father, and grandfather I know the importance of the future we leave to our posterity.
A strong family based on marriage between one man and one woman is and shall remain our only guide and model.
I oppose abortion, same-sex marriage, civil unions, and all other threats to the family.
Funding for Planned Parenthood or any form of abortion using federal funds should be stopped.
We must remain a moral and virtuous people, and remain one Nation under God.
I strongly support freedom of worship and faith in God upon Whom we have always relied in peace and war.
I'll post his name on Friday.