Stands on the Issues
America is going down a path of destruction by debt. We are drowning in it, spending more than we have, and making decisions that would bankrupt any family.
Joe Biden isn’t even trying, sending Congress a “budget” with a $1.2 TRILLION dollar deficit in 2023. His plan will balloon our debt to $50 trillion!
The last time we had a balanced budget was in 1999. Since that time we have added over $25 trillion dollars in new debt. We have accumulated five times as much debt in the last 23 years as we did in three previous 223 years of our nation’s history.
I have a plan to fix this out of control spending once and for all. It’s called the “Two Cents Plan” and it does just what it sounds like – it asks the federal government to live with two cents less per dollar spent than it would have. We will cut two cents of every dollar in federal discretionary spending every year. Who will miss two cents?
It sounds small doesn’t it? Sounds pretty reasonable and possible? Well that’s because it is. It’s also necessary.
We need the government to go on a little bit of a diet, and this is the most responsible and effective way of doing it. If we spend just two cents less, we can balance the budget and end inflation.
I’ve spent a lot of time doing my own finances and advising companies around the world how to put out a quality product and how to succeed — I can tell you the path we are on now is certain failure and bankruptcy.
That’s not just my Two Cents. It’s a fact.
Inflation is a tax felt by the poor and middle class. It’s just that simple. People will tell you it’s complicated — it’s not.
The Government is the only entity that can print money. Joe Biden has created a record amount of cash in our money supply without any increase in goods.
Democrats in Washington single-handedly created the inflation crisis in America.
And what does that mean for you? Your money doesn’t go as far as it did before.
Your gas was $2 a gallon, then it was $4.
Your eggs were $2 a dozen, then they were $5.
Housing, energy, groceries – all out of control.
The list of things you buy and consume goes on and on, but the result is the same: You spend more to get the same things, and you have to make due with less because of it.
The elites and the policy makers aren’t impacted as much — heck, the old joke was the politicians don’t even know how much the milk and eggs cost, and it’s probably true.
What is for sure true is that they don’t seem to care.
As President, I would discourage, disincentive, and end policies which contribute to inflation, including spending money we don’t have. I would emphasize supply-side policies that will ensure adequate production of goods without increasing prices.
For an economy to work properly, We need inflation at a manageable, low level. The ideal mark should be around two percent. But in the fall of 2022, we had reached eight percent, the highest rate in over 40 years. Some would even say that number is masked by the government bean counters and what they choose to exclude.
The worst news — it was preventable.
Your government did this to you. Out of control spending on massive “Covid relief” programs, foreign interventions and runaway social programs put us in this situation. We had to borrow and borrow and borrow. The federal reserve had to rev up the printing press to keep us afloat. But you can’t get away with that forever. There are consequences.
Consequences YOU have to bear in a double whammy — first you pay the massive increases in prices, then you pay the cost for the federal reserve raising interest rates to slow down the economy.
The Government is killing the American middle class and hurting families. My Two-Cents Plan will put us back on track.
If we want to fix our country and win the 21st Century the way we did the 20th, we must promote domestic energy production and ensure that the US leads the way in promoting energy, clean reforms, and reducing emissions.
Climate extremists wish to see us immediately end our dependence on fossil fuels, but this is unrealistic and unwise.
I differ strongly from the Biden Administration on that position.
I would repeal Biden’s climate extremist executive orders immediately upon becoming President, while working with lawmakers and industry leaders to ensure we are on the forefront of the rapidly evolving renewable resource industry.
I would finish the keystone pipeline to ensure a better domestic supply. I would also eliminate the backlog and red tape for mining, shale production, and natural gas export facilities.
With our natural resources, we should be energy independent and a massive exporter of energy, but the government gets in the way.
It is far cleaner and more environmentally friendly for the United States to refine oil than any other country in the world. Especially China and Russia.
We must work WITH industry rather than dictating to them and stifling their innovation. Capitalism has always produced the best innovations. Our air and water are the cleanest they have ever been. We do not need new, draconian regulations that will remove the incentive to produce and innovate.
One area I will make a focus where others have not – I want to revive our dormant nuclear energy capabilities. Other nations around the world are beating the pants off of us with development of nuclear options, and for no reason other than scare tactics from a generation ago.
There is simply no doubt — our border is in crisis. A country that cannot control its own border is not a country. This is not about how many immigrants we have. We can and should welcome immigrants, and we can debate the proper number and path to citizenship.
But we cannot have chaos. We have to know who is coming and for how long, and when they leave.
That isn’t happening under the Biden administration.
Since President Biden took office and rolled back our border security, there have been 4.5 million migrant encounters at the border, along with 1.2 million known “Gotaways” who eluded them.
In just the last month of 2022, there were over 250,000 encounters, up 40 percent from 2021.
And who are these people? In just three months of last year, 38 people on the terrorist watchlist were stopped trying to cross the border. This is more than 2017-2021 COMBINED!
This is both a national security problem and a fiscal problem. It has been estimated that each illegal immigrant costs the taxpayers over $9,000 per year. Would you like to think about what those dollars COULD be used for?
The path to a secure border is a lot simpler than politicians would have you believe. We must stop incentivizing people from coming here illegally, and we must increase border patrol numbers and resources.
But we also must increase LEGAL immigration especially worker visas. Employment based visas and seasonal worker visas are at a startling low level that does not keep up with realistic demand and helps fuel the illegal worker problem.
A common sense approach to handling the fentanyl crisis in America
Fentanyl is a massive problem and danger to our society and we must take action.
Fentanyl is 50-times stronger than heroin and 100-times stronger than morphine. It is a major contributor to fatal overdoses in the country. More than 150 people die from overdoses related to synthetic opioids, like fentanyl, every day. One kilogram of fentanyl has the potential to kill 500,000 people. The lethal dose can be as low as 2 mg.
This is a problem that spans multiple policy fronts – our border with Mexico, funding and money laundering by China, and street and gang crimes in our cities.
There is no easy answer, but sometimes it seems we aren’t even trying.
As President, I would immediately add equipment and manpower at the border to stop the flow of fentanyl into the country. Very little fentanyl is produced domestically, instead it is being produced abroad and smuggled in through the Mexican border.
With more than 90% of fentanyl coming from precursor drugs in China, we must also crack down on the source. China is one of our greatest threats and we need to start acting like it. Drugs coming out of China are killing Americans and I will be unafraid to stand up to China as President.
I would also task federal law enforcement agencies to stop at nothing to investigate, arrest and prosecute high level dealers and drug lords operating within the United States. They are killing mothers, fathers, sons and daughters on a daily basis.
We must learn from the past also. Our policy of imposing draconian sentences on low-level dealers and users has not been effective. We must focus on going after the major player
There may be no place where politicians of BOTH parties lie to you more than Social Security and Medicare. They will look you straight in the face and say they are going to “protect” these programs.
But if their plans leaves them exactly as they are now, they are not protecting anything other than their jobs.
You see, much like our overall spending and budget, we have a massive problem in the Social Security and Medicare systems. Both are spending vast sums more than will ever come in, and both were designed generations ago, when our work-life and healthcare systems and costs were very different.
We must start NOW to stabilize these programs by incentivizing work and immigration, and by recognizing the longevity of our younger population.
No one below the age of 40 thinks they’ll ever see these programs — and they’re right if we don’t work together and do something to save them right now.
The first problem is, when we started the programs, once you reached 65, you could expect to live another 13 years on average. That number is now 22 years. That’s a lot more social security to pay out, and health care bills to cover for Medicare. Now, factor in the massive increase In the cost of healthcare, and you can see why the system can’t continue as is.
The problem is also basic math. We have more people receiving checks today and fewer people in the labor and workforce.That’s why our economic and immigration policies are the key to making sure Social Security and Medicare work. If our economy is running at full speed, and we increase our supply of labor and people paying INTO the systems, there is more money available for those receiving benefits.
It’s a win/win situation — we get a great economy, a continued land of the free for immigrants, AND our kids get to have social security and Medicare.
The IRS is too big. The tax code is a horrendous mess of 80,000 plus pages that no one understands. The government takes too much of your money, and it does it in the most bizarre way possible.
The dirty little secret of Washington and taxation is that the tax code does in fact benefit the wealthy and corporations, but not in the way most people think. It’s not that their tax rate is low — it’s not. It’s that every tax break in the code was put in there by some lobbyist for some special interest.
Who is lobbying for you? Who is looking out for YOUR interest?
That’s what I want to do as President. I want to reduce taxes, simplify the system, and fix this mess. We need to cut rates across the board, eliminate special deductions, and reduce the number of tax brackets.
When Ronald Reagan ran against Jimmy Carter in 1980, he won by making the high inflation, rising interest rates, energy insecurity and a crazy tax system his main messages.
After Reagan took office he cut taxes across the board and helped jump start a failing economy. That’s what I want to do, but even more.
I will reduce the current tax brackets from seven to two. Currently Americans pay at the rates of 37, 35, 32, 24, 22, 12 and 10 percent.
I propose two new brackets of 28 and 15 percent. People at all income levels will benefit and be incentivized to work more.
“The most significant threat to our national security is our debt.” That’s a quote from former Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen.
He’s dead on. We cannot be a great nation with our current spending, debt and economy. Great nations don’t fall by military force as often as they fall under the weight of their own massive government spending and programs.
The single most important and constitutional function of government is to provide for the defense of its people. That’s why it would be a main focus of mine as President. But national Defense should not have an unlimited credit line or a blank check.
Did you know that the Pentagon has failed five audits in a row and that it cannot account for more than 30 percent of its spending? The possibilities of overpaying, abuse and fraud are nearly endless in an $800 billion dollar a year “business” conducted all over the world.
We have deep concerns on the world stage and frankly we have been distracted, and we are not paying enough attention to the main threat to our nation in the 21st century – China.
We have spent two decades and trillions of dollars fighting endless Wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and beyond, with no reason, no exit strategy and nothing to show for it.
Meanwhile, China is using its resources to pirate our intellectual property, dump cheap goods, and buy up our farmland at an alarming pace.
IN just the last decade, China acquired over 300,000 new acres of farmland in the US, along with strategic properties near military installations. Why is this allowed?
They acquired the United States largest producer of pork, Smithfield Foods, and also the company that provides logistics and transportation to the pork industry. Prices are reeling.
And what are we doing?
We are sending nearly $75 million every single day to China in INTEREST ALONE. OUR MONEY is funding their military build up and fentanyl production because D.C. can’t control spending.
Paying attention yet? Your government isn’t and I want to change that.
I will strengthen our defense by cutting waste, improving our audits and controls and streamlining our processes so we can do more with 98 percent of the defense budget than we ever did before with 100 percent.
If National Defense is the one thing that the federal government can and must do for us, Education may be its polar opposite — it has ALWAYS done better locally. In fact, the bloated and useless Department of Education has never educated a single child in America — not one.
What they do instead with their massive $100 billion dollar budget is impose rules, mess up curriculum, and generally get in the way of educating our children.
It needs to stop, and now.
I propose ending the Department of Education and getting the money back to the schools instead of to the bureaucrats.
Money should follow students so parents have absolute control over who is educating their children. No child should be stuck in a failing or activist school.
The federal dollars spent on primary and secondary education amounts to less than 8 percent of the total spent on our children. I propose that we take that money, block-grant it to the states to use how they need in their schools, and then shutter the massive building in DC that houses the thousands of bureaucrats who have made our education both worse and more expensive.