Where I Stand

Someone recently asked me to explain my core philosophy about Government. It’s not complicated. It’s not original (see D & C § 134). But this is my core.

I believe that governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man; and that He holds men accountable for their acts in relation to them, both in making laws and administering them, for the good and safety of society.

I believe that no government can exist in peace, except such laws are framed and held inviolate as will secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience, the right and control of property, and the protection of life.

I believe that all governments necessarily require civil officers and magistrates to enforce the laws of the same; and that such as will administer the law in equity and justice should be sought for and upheld by the voice of the people.

I believe that all men are bound to sustain and uphold the respective governments in which they reside, while protected in their inherent and inalienable rights by the laws of such governments; and that sedition and rebellion are unbecoming every citizen thus protected, and should be punished accordingly; and that all governments have a right to enact such laws as in their own judgments are best calculated to secure the public interest; at the same time, however, holding sacred the freedom of conscience.

I believe that every man should be honored in his station, rulers and magistrates as such, being placed for the protection of the innocent and the punishment of the guilty; and that to the laws all men owe respect and deference, as without them peace and harmony would be supplanted by anarchy and terror; human laws being instituted for the express purpose of regulating our interests as individuals and nations, between man and man; and divine laws given of heaven, prescribing rules on spiritual concerns, for faith and worship, both to be answered by man to his Maker.

I believe that rulers, states, and governments have a right, and are bound to enact laws for the protection of all citizens in the free exercise of their religious belief.

I believe that the commission of crime should be punished according to the nature of the offense; that murder, treason, robbery, theft, and the breach of the general peace, in all respects, should be punished according to their criminality and their tendency to evil among men, by the laws of that government in which the offense is committed; and for the public peace and tranquility all men should step forward and use their ability in bringing offenders against good laws to punishment.

I believe that men should appeal to the civil law for redress of all wrongs and grievances, where personal abuse is inflicted or the right of property or character infringed, where such laws exist as will protect the same

I believe that all men are justified in defending themselves, their friends, and property, and the government, from the unlawful assaults and encroachments of all persons in times of exigency, where immediate appeal cannot be made to the laws, and relief afforded.

I believe that religion is instituted of God; and that men are amenable to him, and to him only, for the exercise of it, unless their religious opinions prompt them to infringe upon the rights and liberties of others.

I do not believe it just to mingle religious influence with civil government, whereby one religious society is fostered and another proscribed in its spiritual privileges, and the individual rights of its members, as citizens, denied.

I do not believe that human law has a right to interfere in prescribing rules of worship to bind the consciences of men, nor dictate forms for public or private devotion. The civil magistrate should restrain crime, but never control conscience; should punish guilt, but never suppress the freedom of the soul. I do not believe that they have a right in justice to deprive citizens of this privilege, or proscribe them in their opinions, so long as a regard and reverence are shown to the laws and such religious opinions do not justify sedition nor conspiracy.

I do not believe that Congress, as presently constituted, is working in accordance with my beliefs. Consequently, I am running for Congress. These principles with guide my every action. You may not always agree with me, but you will always know where I stand.

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Medicare that Makes Sense

For 50 years Medicare has been providing quality health care.  It is time to expand Medicare to cover all Americans.

To do this we need to make four reforms:

(1)          Repeal the Affordable Care Act.  The resources devoted to paying for the Affordable Care Act can be reallocated to expanding Medicare.

(2)          Reform the Department of Education.  Federally guaranteed student assistance should encourage students to pursue higher education in health care.  Federal funds to States should expand the number of graduate programs offering MDs or other health care related degrees.  These reforms will increase the supply of health care professionals.  Increased supply will drive down health care costs.

(3)          Reform Social Security to eliminate direct payments to individuals for Social Security Disability and survivors benefits.  The expansion of Medicare will eliminate the need for these benefits.  The cost savings can be reallocated to expanding Medicare.

(4)          Reform the tax code to eliminate tax advantages for purchasing health benefits from private insurance companies.  The expansion of Medicare and the elimination of tax advantages will allow the substantial resources now being wasted on the insurance industry to flow directly into the provision of health care.

The Medicare fee structure should provide adequate incentive for providers to participate in Medicare.  Patients will participate because of the cost savings.

Individuals should be given the opportunity to opt out of Medicare.  Patients can opt out by choosing to pay for a service.  Providers should be allowed to provide services in addition to the services provided to Medicare recipients. There should be substantial tax consequences attached to the provision of services outside the Medicare system.

Expanding Medicare to cover all Americans will:

(1)          Provide quality health care for every American.

(2)          Promote growth by eliminating the biggest barrier that entrepreneurs face when deciding to start a business.

(3)           Allow resources that are now being wasted on fraud, insurance, and lawyers to be redirected to providing care.

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Saving Social Security

The first step in saving Social Security is repealing the Affordable Care Act.  The second step is to repeal Medicaid and all other Federal programs that use means testing to pay, directly or indirectly, for medical care.  The third step is to reform Social Security to eliminate cash payments for Social Security disability and survivor benefits.

All these programs need to be replaced by expanding Medicare to cover all Americans.

Social Security payments should be expanded to cover maternity benefits for all women during pregnancy and up to six months after giving birth.

Cash payments should be made to each person that reaches retirement age.  Retirement age should be set based on actuarial tables published by the social security administration.  Retirement age should be set at the life expectancy of a person at the time of birth.

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Tax Reform That Makes Sense

Savings, more than spending, is the hallmark of a healthy economy. Unfortunately, Americans save very little. The tax code creates significant disincentives to saving.

Two revisions to the tax code would restore American prosperity:

(1)          It should be unlawful for any person or entity to withhold or remit taxes for any other person or entity. The person that earned the income and, consequently, owes the taxes, should pay the taxes, particularly income taxes. Automatic withholding by employers hides the true tax burden from wage earners. It also places an undue burden on employers by effectively forcing them to become government agents. Ending automatic withholding will place the burden for paying taxes where it should be, on each individual. It will also place the burden of collecting taxes where it should be, on the IRS. Another benefit of ending automatic withholding will be the elimination of overpayment of taxes by wage earners. Each year wage earners over pay their taxes by more than a billion dollars. This overpayment requires the Government to reevaluate each wage earner’s taxes each year and, in many cases, refund the amount of the overpayment. This annual reevaluation would be avoided by ending automatic withholding.

(2)          The tax code should be revised to reward saving. Currently, the tax code rewards spending and borrowing and penalizes saving. The tax code should be revised to eliminate deductions for business expenses other than capital investments. The residential mortgage interest deduction should be maintained. Money wage earners place in individual savings accounts should be exempt from income tax, up the amount guaranteed by the government.

These two reforms will encourage Americans to live according to our means. These reforms will lay a foundation upon which we can build, and upon which our children can build after us, without paying interest on bonded debts incurred by us.

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