National Issues

Cure the plague of ‘politics as usual’

Establish Fair & Clean Elections
Provide public funds matching small donor contributions six to one and equip other resources to all candidates who demonstrate broad public support and agree not to use or coordinate with dirty money in politics. Billionaires and corporations could still spend as much as they want, subject to full disclosure and a 200% tax that allows all candidates to compete on a level battlefield.

Stop Rigging Ballots
Prohibit candidates from ‘bracketing’ or otherwise giving anyone an unfair advantage with respect to ballot position. Every American is entitled to equal protection of the law, so candidates picked by party bosses should not get preferential treatment in primaries.

Corporate Spending
Require corporations to obtain specific permission from shareholders prior to making any spending to influence legislation, elections, or public opinion and impose a 200% tax on such expenditures, which would fund Fair & Clean Elections. Require full disclosure of funding sources for all political communications. Impose criminal penalties on corporations that make factual misrepresentations in any communications intended to influence legislation, elections, or public opinion concerning government policy.

Resign to Run
Stop politicians from using one elected office as a stepping stone to another, wasting your tax dollars and failing to do their job. Any elected official should be required to resign if he or she wants to seek election to another job.

No Double Dipping
Public officials should be barred from holding two or more jobs at taxpayer expense. Our current political establishment is rife with corruption and conflicted interests because politicians are looking out for themselves instead of us.

Term Limits
Career politicians have forgotten that public service is an honor and a privilege. It’s time to stop lifetime tenure by making elections competitive and setting limits on the time anyone can hold an elected position.

Impose Taxes on Wealthy Estates
We must collect funds from the estates of rich Americans to pay off the massive debt incurred since the presidency of Ronald Reagan. Government services were provided tax free to citizens who amassed vast fortunes while millions of American workers fell behind in an economy intentionally altered by those with the greatest resources. There is no logical reason why those massive fortunes should be passed to another generation before accounts are settled for each decedent;s debt to society. American stopped passing political power through heredity and not it is time to stop hereditary promulgation of economic power.

Scrap the Cap
Stop protecting the top income earners from paying a fair share toward support of Social Security by eliminating the cap on payroll taxes and extending this levy to all forms of revenue. Devine says lifting the payroll tax cap so wealthy Americans pay the same rate as everyone else would provide income adequacy for millions of beneficiaries of all ages to receive greater returns, such as more generous monthly checks, younger retirement eligibility, and a payroll tax exemption for the first $20,000 in earnings from work.

Invest in America
Create a statewide system of free public schools for every child from the age of three to a college degree to provide education of high quality. Engage the best minds in science to develop solar power and a national 'smart' power grid that will eliminate climate change and global strife associated with fossil fuels.

 

Energy & Environment

Eliminate corruption by taking money out of politics
Require public financing of campaign activity to prevent the continued contamination of the democratic process with dirty money.

Polluters Pay
Require corporations to rectify environmental damage on property they own or owned and lobby to reestablish the federal Superfund petrochemical industry tax system.

Wages of Waste
Compel producers of solid waste to prepay the expense of disposal to discourage excess packaging and make consumers aware of the real cost of what they buy. This would provide an economic incentive to reduce the amount of material we throw away, boost recycling and make an effective cut in the streams of both solid waste and hazardous waste.

Public Safety & Security

National Service
Return to the practice of imposing national service requirements for citizens with options ranging from emergency personnel including military troops, police, firefighters and paramedics as well as doctors, nurses, teachers, and other professions that are assets to the community where common sense dictates that economic benefits result when people are employed in jobs that make society stronger.

Stop killing people
The greatest military power on the planet has a special obligation to avoid violence as a method of gaining advantages over weaker competitors. Americans value respect for diversity and rational responses to potentially hostile actions.