Okay this will be an occasional post where I will try and define what I think our government should look like or at least the basis for my own political party. I'm so frustrated with what the Republican and Democratic parties have become that I can not in good conscious align myself with either side. While I like the Libertarian ideals for some things, they still come across a little too quirky for me to get behind 100%. Of course some of my thoughts will be out of line with many persons also, but hell it's my made up political party and I can start it however I want.
The underlying foundation for my party will be that we have to try and do the right thing no matter what the person cost is to ourselves. The right thing will not be politically correct at times, but we are striving to make the USA a stronger and better country to leave to our children and their children.
As I said I will try and outline what I think the party should stand for and if I receive any commentary that makes me rethink my position, the position will be changed to reflect those better ideas.
The first thing that I believe needs to be outlined is that the government needs to be smaller. The government can not take care of everybody and even well intentioned ideas can have bad consequences.
We can not have universal health care, it will bankrupt the country, we can bring sanity back into the medical field. One change is that if a doctor is willing to settle for a lower price with a health care company that same price has to be automatically offered to an uninsured person. I have had blood work done that had a bill for over $600, my insurance company disallowed over $450 and paid the bill and they were fine. If I didn't have health care I would have had to pay the full $600 or tried to negotiate the bill down on my own and would surely have paid more then what my provider paid. This is wrong. I have been a business owner of my own comic store and essentially had nothing but a disaster plan health care (the first $10,000 in expense were mine, after that my insurance would kick in). It makes no sense that those who do not have health care pay more for services provided then the health insurance companies. Those without are just being made to pay more of a tab and probably don't even know about negotiating the payments being made.
The "No child left behind act" needs to be abolished as does the federal government involvement in education. Education is a local issue and should be addressed at a local level. This is just a waste of taxpayers money and only serves to add another level of bureaucracy on an already over burdened school system. Also the whole insidious record keeping going on for all the nations children by the military within this act has a ugly feel to it that makes me see conspiracy theories.
Another way to reduce government is a new codification of the law. The law today is so voluminous that no one can understand or even knows of all the laws on the books. Remember that we have ignorance of the law is no excuse if you break the law. We are all ignorant of the law and are breaking laws everyday, which allows the government to just decide when they want to arrest or charge you with a crime. The rationalism that has lead to 500 page laws being passed is insane. Ambiguity in the law is fine and the courts can decide what is within the purview of the law or not. That codification should be able to translate our federal laws into less then 10 volumes of 500 pages. I believe 5,000 pages of federal law would be more then enough. Plus we can wipe off the books many old laws that have no true application in today's society.
The IRS can be almost eliminated by getting rid of the tax code. Except for a few tax deductions for some basic things we should all be paying a flat federal tax. I'm even for increasing that percentage for the higher income producers, but lets get rid of the tax shelters for everybody. Mortgage interest for the home you live in, deductions for children, medical expenses and education expenses and that's it. The rest is crap. These basic deductions are to help lower and middle income people to be able to afford a better life. But higher incomes can afford to pay more to the country that has afforded them their standard of living. So in today's dollars maybe a 12% flat tax, with the rate going up to 20% for any earnings over $150,000 and 35% for any earnings over $300,000 and 40% for any earnings over $1,000,000.
There are many other areas that we need to reduce government but I will address that when I tackle some other planks for the Silver Age Party Platform. The basic theme is less government and more fiscal responsibility as plank #1.