No more teachers’ unions that protect substandard teachers. We need to establish system based upon merit and not tenure. If a teacher is poor at his or her job, then need to be removed. Our children are suffering at the hands of low standards with our teachers who do not have to perform since they are protected with tenure.
Expand foreign language education with proficiency levels – start at 1st grade.
Investments in the military need to continue with regular assessments of the threat to ensure we have a military that fits. No more pork spending on dead projects to satisfy local areas in order to get re-elected.
Congress / Senate
Term limits – Congress to 3 terms of 4 years each. Senate to 2 terms of 6 years each. A congressperson or senator may become president but they may not go beyond 12 years’ total congress/senate.
Pay raises for congress and senate may no longer be voted in by either. Every 4 years the US will include a ballot with pay raise recommendations to be voted on by the people.
Retirement, medical, etc. – No longer will congress and senate vote in their own benefits. They will be forced to use the same types of healthcare options as all citizens of the US.
Fight to reverse Citizens United
All congressional, senatorial, and presidential candidates must author a comprehensive plan for their potential tenure in office with yearly updates. Comprehensive in actual detail and action.
Right to gay marriage.
Welfare rules – If on welfare, drug and alcohol testing monthly. Welfare monies may not be used to purchase alcohol, tobacco, non-essentials. Non-disabled men and women must work at least 20 hours a week in order to receive benefits.
- Give hiring preferences to naturalized citizens.
- Enforce the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986
- Fix border enforcement to address illegal entry and deportation.
- Remove any and all who have visa overstays.
- No work permit, no work.
- Adjust H1B visas based upon economic supply and demand.
- Establish a program that creates a path to legal status for illegal
- Assimilation program for new immigrants to adopt and adapt to the US.
No more discrimination against small business.
Small businesses pay the same as large businesses for their healthcare.
Move to adjust healthcare options too non-profit.
Require all medical activities performed in hospitals to provide itemized goods and services estimates prior to execution of the medical activities.
Require open publishing of hospital rates for all goods and services.
Provide a patient bill of rights that is clear, concise, and in favor of the patient.
Restrict excessive charges for medicine and services such as exorbitant fees for an aspirin.
No more advertising on TV for drugs.
Invest former advertising dollars into research and price reductions for
Terrorism / Foreign Policy
Sanctions for any and all countries involved in terrorism.
Balanced budget requirement for the federal government and each state. No balanced budget leads to a no-confidence vote and elections.
True Wall Street reform
Just as we broke up the telephone monopolies, we require a breakup of the financial monopolies.
Reinstate the Glass-Steagall provisions.
Reduce speculation for artificially driving up costs.
No bonuses if you cannot turn a profit.
Cap credit card interest rates based upon the same rates banks lend each other money at 5% over capped at 14%.
No allowance for taxpayer bailouts.
Global Warming – The Environment
Heavy investment in solar and wind technologies; alternative methods at storing
energy (non-fossil fuel)
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Reduce oil and gasoline consumption moving to alternative methods.
Reinstitute studies on guns, mass shootings, and CDC analysis.
Protect gun ownership.
Enforce the laws on the books.
Determine the next steps to reduce gun related crime.
Remove gun purchase loopholes.