What would be your platform? What would be your solution?
Here's your chance to "build your own government".
It's a little "fun" exercise I did with my kids. They LOVED it. Here's what I would do. Please let me know what you would do and why! :-) Happy Monday!
Rachel for President - 2012
Vote for Rachel 2012! An energetic Libertarian who wants to focus on getting the American economy working for YOU! Putting choices back into your hands, not the governments. Making companies solve their own issues or FAIL! Ensuring that taxation among the masses is not only fair but simple!
Healthcare - My plan for healthcare includes an open market not only to allow those to purchase across state lines, but for small businesses to buy into a larger group plan that reduces cost. Encouraging businesses to provide insurance to their employees will be a priority, getting back to the employer sponsored health insurance will be my goal. Companies will be allowed to write off 150% of the amount of health insurance paid, therefore lowering their taxable profit!
Economy - Where's the jobs? The answer is simple, they're in the federal government. To drastically reduce the amount of money the federal government spends while creating jobs in the private sector, my first plan is to work on outsourcing as much of our federal government as possible through vetted and qualified firms. This will save the federal government money on payroll and reduce the pensions owed to federal employees. In addition to this, we will offer a one time tax credit to any firm that adds new hires to the payroll for AT LEAST one full year. Employees must be permanent employees eligible for benefits.
Energy - All of the above is the only way to go. The prices for oil are already getting auto manufacturers in the mindset of proving fuel efficiency. I think our best bet as a nation is to "reward" companies who make energy efficient break throughs that are available and affordable to the American consumer with a combination of one-time grants and/or tax-credits as a "thank-you".
Social Security - My idea is to perform a phase-out program for the current group within 20-30 years of retirement and re-investing the money paid in by those who are younger into a solid savings program of their choice. Stocks, T-bills, Commodities investment, Mutual Funds, High-interest savings accounts, CD's, you name it, the taxpayer can chose whatever is best for them. I still agree with a "forced savings" program, so the money will still be debited but it will be redeposited into the savings program of your choice. Educational material will be provided and CPA's and tax professionals who would have lost work because of my next initiative would have another career to transfer to.
Taxes - For individuals, I am a firm believer in an 11% flat federal tax. Companies and corporations will still pay on a progressive scale but altered to ensure that there is positive motivation for having a company/corporation in the United States. Reduce the IRS, minimize writeoffs and credits for corporations.
Medicare/Medicaid - Reduce the 50/50 match over a period of 20 years to a 25/75 system, then over the following 20 years eliminate it. Encourage states to put together their own medicare/elderly care programs. Work with insurance companies on longevity programs for the elderly, making them "insured for life". They not only keep their doctors, but also keep the plans they are comfortable with.
This is purely recreational for me and obviously I would have to tweek the plans. I just think a radically different system that focuses on individual freedoms, choices, etc would be better.
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