RTCS

Complete Recommendations

Recommendations

November 22, 2014

 

RTCS Philosophy

Limit size and intrusion of federal government to less than 20% of GDP.

Enact the Enumerated Powers Act to link all legislation to appropriate constitutional authority.

·         Require each Act of Congress contain a concise and definite statement of the constitutional authority relied upon for the enactment of each portion of that Act.

Hold Congress responsible for their words and actions.

Champion those who serve the country honorably and make a real difference.

Language

Reject political correctness and doublespeak.

Restore original objective meaning to euphemisms and code words.

Politics

Political parties must wrest control back from their lunatic fringe leadership.

Hold politicians personally responsible for their words (half truths, exaggerations, fabrications).

Hold politicians responsible for results of legislation (costs, benefits, organization).

Make voting mandatory for all citizens in every election to provide feedback to the government.

Responsibilities

Short Term, Require all citizens adopt the American language and culture:

Long Term, Require all citizens fulfill their American responsibilities:

Service

Every citizen over 18 years old must perform a minimum of three years of national service between the ages of 18 and 24.

§  Every 18 year old citizen must sign up for national service, without exception or exemption.

o   Each service will meet their minimum staffing requirement, with priority to meeting military minimums first, since it remains an all volunteer service.

§  Each service alternative will define a minimum and maximum number of resources required.

§  Each recruit will prioritize top three service alternatives (military, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, or Special Partnership Force (SPF), etc.).

§  Minimum enrollment for each service alternative must be met, so some people may not receive their first choice.

o   Every 18 year old must report for duty and receive their assigned service selection.

§  Civilian service alternatives must justify their eligibility by demonstrating positive benefits vs. costs. 

o   Each service alternative must define their physical, intellectual, and skill requirements.

o   All national service recruits will attend a common basic training (physical, moral, education).

o   Advanced training will then be provided and service specific.

o   Recruits will be paid with salary, benefits, and education credits.

 

Culture

National Culture

Return the American Culture to the American people.

Abortion

Short Term, Stop funding abortion with government money.

Fund stem cell research that yields medical benefits without destroying life in the process.

o   Fund research in “somatic cell reprogramming” of adult stem cells.

o   Fund amniotic fluid stem cell (AFSC) research to prove its medical benefits.

Outlaw cloning as unethical and immoral.

·         Outlaw creation of “inter-species” embryos.

Long Term, Outlaw abortion except in extreme circumstances (incest, rape, or to save the life of the mother).

Civil Rights

Abandon the three pronged model of preferences, entitlements, and group rights:

o   Redraw House districts to reflect common areas, not common racial make-up.

o   Eliminate all racial classifications not justified by a compelling government interest.

Endorse cultural personal responsibilities as part of the civil rights solution.

Repeal President Clinton’s 2000 Executive Order #13175 establishing Native-American tribal governments as a “fourth-level” of government equal with state and local governments.

Education

Short term, Return education requirements to the education consumers.

Empower business to reengineer education to work with accountability and competition.

Pass primary and secondary education responsibility back to the local authorities.

o   Provide world class standards for rigor in levels of accomplishment, particularly in math and science.

o   Re-emphasize history and civics to ground citizens in national heritage.

o   Stop aggregating results by race, and concentrate on individual students of all races.

o   Consider use of value-added analysis as part of teacher performance.

o   Free state and local governments from the administrative and compliance burden of federal education programs.

o   Allow states to consolidate wasteful and inefficient programs (A-PLUS).

Revamp primary and secondary education curriculum to better prepare teachers.

o   Require a strict core curriculum of basic math, science, and social studies for graduation.

o   Include enhanced certification requirements as bachelor’s degree requirement.

§  Include GRE scores as part of primary school certification requirement.

o   Increase the academic rigor required in education graduate schools.

o   Include enhanced certification training as masters degree requirement.

o   Compensate secondary school teachers higher commensurate with their higher education requirements.

Eliminate competitive block grant programs allowing states to pursue own solutions and experiments ($2.0B).

Replace college degrees with occupational certifications, administered by objective third party.

o   Require work samples to certify journeymen and master craftsmen.

o   Allow ability to sue for ideological bigotry and nonperformance of mission.

o   Reject new college cost reduction program as an unfunded entitlement.

Long term, Privatize public education and abolish the Department of Education.

o   Reject Common Core State Standards as federal intrusion in state and local control of curriculum.

o   Repeal federal government role in education content and student loans ($26B).

o   Allow states to set their own standards on content and achievement.

§  Emphasize math and science to maintain international competitiveness.

§  Emphasize history and civics to ground citizens in national heritage.

§  Remove cultural indoctrination, sex education, situation ethics from public school curriculum.

o   States should redirect a portion of the education funding to a personal education savings account.

§  Fund can be used to pay for a variety of educational options including private-school tuition, private tutoring, special education services, homeschooling expenses, textbooks, and virtual education, enabling them to customize an education for their child’s unique needs.

§  Parents may also roll over funds from year to year, and they can use the money to invest in a 529 plan to pay for college tuition in the future.

§  Parents can redirect funds for use at any government-approved vocational school, internship, or union or business apprenticeship.

Ø  Encourage creation of vocational trade schools to provide training and apprenticeship opportunities.

o   Hold principals accountable for their school’s performance.

§  Require annual assessment of all teachers in each school.

§  Empower principal with hire and fire responsibility.

o   Empower parents to select teachers based on prior performance.

o   Measure performance based on class composition and student performance

§  Indicator based on standard testing results.

§  Contributor for readiness to enter the private work force.

§  Contributor for readiness to enter the higher education.

o   Tie salary to student performance and education contributions.

o   Empower each professor to choose which courses to teach each semester.

o   Measure performance based on enrollment and student achievement.

§  Empower professors to hire individual teaching assistants.

§  Require a fixed grading curve to avoid grade inflation.

§  Contributor to organization reputation.

o   Tie salary to number of student taught plus tuition based performance bonus.

Family

Defend and strengthen traditional marriage and the family in federal and state law and policies.

·         Embrace the conjugal view of marriage as a comprehensive union, based on the anthropological truth that men and women are distinct and complementary; on the biological fact that reproduction requires and man and a woman; and on the sociological reality that children benefit from having a mother and a father.  

·         Fund the “healthy marriage initiative” advertising campaign promoting the benefits of marriage.

·         Ease economic and other burdens on families (remove entitlement program disincentives).

·         Encourage healthy marriages through welfare reform and other social service programs.

Embrace the ‘Culture of Belonging” encouraging the combination of “work, wedlock, and worship.”

·         Defer to parental rights regarding the education and welfare of minor children.

·         Abolish anonymous sperm donation for biological and paternity reasons.

·         Compile a Family Issues Scorecard to grade Congress on pro-family issues.

Feminism

Declare Victory in the War on Equality, having delivered equal opportunity regardless of sex.

o   Eliminate all sexual classifications not justified by a compelling government interest.

o   Rewrite Violence Against Women Act and Victims of Crime Act to be gender-neutral.

Health Care

Short Term, improve health care coverage and performance.

o   Deliver Medicaid as a block grant to states to allow flexibility and eliminate overspending.

o   Separate OMB forecast income and spending as a discrete entitlement expense.

o   Budget long term (30 year) to identify shortcoming long before they become problems.

o   Require program reauthorization every four years based on sustainability.

o   Comply with GASB 45 to establish an accrual accounting approach to report the cost of benefits as an expense during the years in which the employee is working.

o   Include a complete and objective cost benefit analysis in any healthcare regulations.

o   Include State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) as separate line item.

o   Promote personal ownership of health insurance that is portable.

o   Let free markets (cross state) provide the insurance and health care services that people want.

o   Encourage employers to provide a portable health insurance benefit.

o   Assist those who need help through civil society, the free market, and states.

o   Protect the right of religious conscience and newborn children.

o   Reduce Food and Drug Administration funding by 62% to FY2008 levels.

o   Reduce Health Resources and Service Administration by 34% to FY2008 levels.

o   Reduce Indian Health Service funding by 46% to FY2008 levels.

o   Reduce Center for disease Control and Prevention funding by 28% to FY2008 levels.

o   Reduce National Institute of Health by 37% to FY2008 levels.

o   Reduce National Institute of Mental Health by:

§  Eliminate the Division of AIDS Research ($184 million) as duplicative.

§  Eliminate the Intramural Research Program ($172 million) as better done with research grants to universities.

§  Shut down the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration ($3.4 billion) as ineffective.

o   Abolish the Office of the Surgeon General.

o   Repeal McCarran-Ferguson Act that restricts competitive interstate insurance markets.

o   Reject any expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

o   Promote individual responsibility and realign economic incentives for the purchase of value-based health care.

o   Restructure health care financing to assist low income Americans in purchasing coverage.

o   Create opportunities for individual health savings accounts

o   Continue improvements like Medicare Advantage (2003) to expand personal choice in health care options.

o   Provide health care tax credits to ensure equity between individual and business based health insurance plans.

o   Offer direct subsidies to lower income workers and families for purchase of private health care.

o   Liberalize the tax treatment of health insurance for individuals and families.

§  Ensure guaranteed renewability.

§  Provide assistance to low and moderate income workers for basic insurance coverage.

§  Provide block grants of Medicaid and SCHIP back to the states.

§  Incorporate state uninsurable risk pools.

o   Establish a system for those retiring after 2011 based on Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

o   Restructure Medicaid financing to be patient centered, helping to identify higher cost cases.

o   Give states greater flexibility to experiment with adjustments in their Medicaid programs.

o   Eliminate individual incentives to qualify inappropriately for Medicaid long term care services.

o   Ensure inclusion of catastrophic protection.

o   Return fiscal responsibility for individuals with mental illness to the states.

o   Discontinue federal government insurance premium collections.

o   Abolish federal healthcare revenue redistribution to states.

o   Allow states to put conditions on SSI and SSDI payments.

o   Transform drug benefit into targeted benefit for low income seniors who lack coverage.

§  Require a means test to the Medicare prescription-drug benefit.

o   Reduce benefit levels, number or types of treatments covered.

o   Increasing premium costs, deductibles or co-payments.

Long Term, privatize all health insurance to transition to patient centered care.

o   Enable health insurance portability, moving with the individual.

o   Create open market for health insurance aligned with moral principles.

o   Limit mandates to allow more custom design of policies.

o   Make physician pricing fully transparent.

o   Make treatment pricing fully transparent.

o   Phase out employer-sponsored health insurance replaced by individual insurance.

§  Businesses pay employees monies directly, that are currently spent on healthcare premiums.

o   Allow health insurance providers to establish risk pools to lower costs.

o   Individuals choose their own health care coverage based on their individual needs.

o   Retired workers able to use small fraction of accumulated funds to buy long term nursing home insurance.

·         Provide five year transition for current recipients (over 50-55) with program as currently exists.

o   Everyone will be responsible for their own health care planning, protecting those with pre-existing conditions.         

Immigration

Short Term, Enforce existing immigration laws.

Issue safe, secure personal identification for every citizen and visitor.

·         Implement REAL ID standards for driver’s licenses and “breeder” documents to obtain state identify cards for visitors and legal immigrants.

·         Offer safe, tamper proof identification with biometric identifiers for citizens using our unique Social Security Number.

o   Require unique identification for voting, travel, and financial validation.

Require all immigrants assimilate into the American culture and responsibilities:

o   Mandate English (national) language (American common knowledge, but not legislated) fluency.

§  Repeal Presidential Executive Order # 13166 to require government services to be delivered in English only.

o   End bilingual education in schools to speed up assimilation.

o   Abide by American morals and laws.

Streamline and Increase legal immigration to grow the United States with skilled citizens.

Close borders to stop further illegal immigration.

o   Determine border security alternatives effectiveness before building additional fencing.

o   Continue “virtual fence” tests but delay implementation until effectiveness matches physical fence.

o   Implement US Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) program.

o   Cease “catch and release” program.

o   Deport all criminal aliens back to original country upon completion of their sentences.

o   Bill foreign governments for cost of illegal immigrants (law enforcement, health care, education).

o   Develop guest worker program that matches skills to employer sponsors, and ensures return upon completion.

Support future expansion of Secure Communities program.

Require state legislatures to support the overall immigration strategy, as condition of funding.

·         Enact laws prohibiting illegal immigrants from receiving any government benefits.

Once it is determined that a country gives “safe haven” to terrorists or their training camps:

Media

Government must ensure free speech with a free market of ideas in all forms of media.

All Media outlets should be publicly rated and ranked and treated accordingly.

Republicans must learn to use the alternative media to compete head to head with the liberal MSM.

o   Stop pre-releasing speeches and press releases to adversarial media sources.

o   Treat MSM journalists as a hostile audience, revealing their partisan agendas.

o   Exploit alternative media to counter MSM “Big Lies” repetition and volume.

Religion

Enforce the Founders intent to respect religious beliefs.

Protect the religious liberty and integrity of faith-based organizations that participate directly or indirectly in government social service programs.

Social Security

Short Term, Isolate the social security financing funding and liabilities from the total budget.

·         Protect surplus from current spending.

·         Separate OMB forecast income and spending as a discrete entitlement.

·         Budget long term (30 year) to identify shortcomings long before they become problems.

·         Require program reauthorization every four years based on sustainability.

Improve the funding of traditional defined benefit pension plans.

·         Offer auto-enrollment in Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board.

Examine social security reforms to salvage program such as:

·         Adjust the retirement age to reflect increases in life expectancy.

·         Adjust the annual cost of living adjustment based on Chained Consumer Price Index (C-CPI-U)

·         Provide incentives to work longer, offering those who work past their full benefit age receive a special annual tax deduction, regardless of income level.

·         Increase taxes by increasing earnings cap.

Tighten disability eligibility, limiting it to those medically unable to work at any job.

Long Term, Create Social Security Personal Retirement Accounts for individual workers owned and provide savings for retirement.

·         Protect current recipients (over 50-55) with program as currently exists.

o   Everyone is responsible for their own retirement funding, cushioned only by the Social Security safety net as originally designed.

·         Migrate current participants, over a five year transition period

o   Provide a lump sum equal to the amount already contributed grown at a modest rate of return.

o   Create a tax sufficient to provide for the needy in advanced age based on definitions of need and actuarial assumptions.

·         Expand private pension coverage by offering automatic enrollment and payroll deduction.

Privatize the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC).

Welfare

Short term, Promote marriage as an institution and a cure for poverty.

o   Conduct public education campaigns within low-income communities on the importance of marriage;

o   Provide marriage education classes to at-risk students in middle and high schools;

o   Provide life skills training, relationship building, and marriage education programs to interested young adults who are likely to become single parents.

Transfer Food Stamp Program from the Department of Agriculture to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Eliminate Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grants ($3.1B).

Strengthen work requirements under all the means-tested programs to restore welfare as temporary assistance program.

o   Include a guaranteed offer of work for everyone who reports to local welfare office before 9am.

o   Local welfare office would provide free daycare for participants small children.

o   For those who work a minimum numbers of hours each month would get a Medicaid voucher to purchase health insurance.

o   Mandate large scale, multi-site experimental evaluations of implementations to tune programs prior to final adoption.

o   Treat a portion of welfare aid as a loan to be repaid by able-bodied recipients.

Long term, Abolish federal Department of Housing and Urban Development as not covered under enumerated powers (63 billion annually).

Abolish federal Department of Health and Human Services as not covered under enumerated powers.

 

Domestic Policies

Domestic Policy

Short Term, Limit size and intrusion of government.

o   Interpret Commerce Clause restrictively to return governmental power to the States.

Long Term, Downsize government, with particular emphasis on unsustainable entitlement spending:

o   Department of Agriculture ($142.0 billion annually).

o   Department of Commerce ($16.7 billion annually).

o   Department of Education ($106.9 billion annually).

o   Department of Energy ($38.3 billion annually).

o   Department of Health and Human Services ($868.8 billion annually).

o   Department of Housing and Urban Development ($62.5 billion annually).

o   Department of Interior (12.0 billion annually).

o   Department of Labor (209.3 billion annually).

o   Department of Transportation ($90.9 billion annually).

o   Medicare (325B) - Privatize into Personal Health Savings Accounts.

o   Social Security - Privatize into personal accounts.

o   Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit ($62B)

o   Medicaid ($186B)

o   SCHIP.

o   State Payment for Family Support ($4,142M).

o   Temporary Assistance for Needy Families ($18,099M)

o   Privatize the Postal Service ($8.1B).

o   Privatize Amtrak ($2.53 billion annually).

o   Army Corps of Engineers ($4.9B).

o   Export-Import Bank.

o   Geographic Survey ($.5B).

o   Global Positioning Service ($7.0B).

o   Government Printing Office.

o   Legal Services Corporation ($350 M).

o   NASA ($15.7B).

o   National Weather Service ($2.3B).

o   Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation.

o   Retirement Insurance, including Social Security ($527B).

o   Risk Management Agency ($3.4B).

o   Excess electromagnetic spectrum ($150B).

o   Commodity lands (Forest Service, BLM) ($160B).

o   Government buildings and lands ($10.B).

o   Crop Insurance.

o   National Flood Insurance.

o   Property Insurance.

o   Terrorism Risk Insurance (TRIA).

o   Windstorm Insurance.

o   Child Care Entitlement Grants ($2.7B).

o   Child Care & Development Grants ($2.1B).

o   Community Oriented Policing Services ($575M).

o   Community Service Grants ($631M)

o   Environmental Protection Agency ($3.6B).

o   Federal Transit Administration ($8.4B).

o   Foster Care & Adoption Grants ($6.5B).

o   Head Start ($6.8B).

o   Social Service Grants ($1.8B).

o   Administration on Aging ($1.4B).

o   Employment and Training Administration ($5.2B).

o   Low Income Home Energy Assistance ($2.1B).

o   Small Business Administration ($3.0B).

o   Substance Abuse & Mental Health ($3.2B).

o   Trade Adjustment Assistance ($1.1B).

o   Agency for International Development ($3.7B).

o   Corporation for Public Broadcasting ($466M).

o   Economic Development Administration ($392M).

o   Maritime Administration ($411M).

o   National Endowment for the Arts & Humanities ($254M).

o   Rural Development ($1.0B).

o   United Nations ($362M).

Sell off excess federal assets:

Agriculture

Short Term, Transfer Food Stamp Program to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Phase out all farm and commodity subsidies to return agriculture to the free market.

Eliminate USDA Food for Peace Title II grants, shifting to USAID program ($1.5B).

Decentralize the infrastructure and decision-making for water management.

Withdraw the U.S. from the U.N. Agenda 21, freeing up U.S. land for resource development.

Reform the Endangered Species Act to involve property owners in the conservation process.

Open federal land to tightly controlled natural resource harvesting.

Prosecute environmental radicals as zealots and domestic terrorists.

Long Term, Relinquish all rights, title, and jurisdiction of all public lands currently controlled by the federal government.

·         Privatize federal lands that have no unique environmental value.

·         Transfer federal lands to state and local government where the large majority of visitors are in-state residents

·         Transfer lands with marketable resources to fiduciary trusts to maximize net returns and/or preserve and restore ecosystems or cultural resources

o   Each state can choose the level of natural resource exploitation.

Abolish the Department of Agriculture ($142.0 billion annually) as not legitimate federal functions.

·         Abolish all agricultural and rural subsidies ($30 billion annually).

·         Abolish Forest Service subsidies to state governments and private businesses ($515M  annually).

·         Abolish Rural Business-Cooperative Service ($376M annually).

·         Abolish Market Access Program ($200M annually).

·         Repeal agricultural trade barriers.

Abolish the Department of Interior ($13.0B annually) as not legitimate federal functions.

Grant Indian “self-determination” and abolish the Bureau of Indian Affairs ($2.9B annually).

Budget

Short Term, Reform federal budget process:

o   Institute biennial budgeting and appropriations to restore order to the spending process.

o   Enact long term budgets and review at least every five years with triggers or action-forcing devices that automatically make changes when spending exceeds budgeted amounts.

o   Deliver annual report to American citizens of the country’s financial condition.

o   Include State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) as separate line item.

o   Appropriate truly "non-discretionary" obligations, like Social Security and Medicare, as the first task. 

o   If appropriations tasks from the previous year have not been completed, no new appropriations should be allowed to ensure that accounting estimates are based on complete and truthful information.

o   Require explicit, current recognition of the future costs for such specialized programs as flood and crop insurance, Export-Import guarantees, and prospective bailouts at the time they are granted rather than the time they are likely to be paid.

Require Dynamic Analysis to evaluate any new tax policy macroeconomic changes:

Use Performance Assessment Rating Tool (PART) to evaluate existing program and regulation effectiveness.

o   ExpectMore.Gov developed to monitor program effectiveness.

o   Calculate benefits for all new programs, not just “major” (estimated economic impact greater than $100 million; less than 1% of all programs) programs.

o   Reduce regulation compliance burden.

o   Terminate programs and regulations that are ineffective or inefficient

Authorize a Presidential line item veto authority to limit “earmark” and “pork” projects.

o   Empower taxpayers to monitor federal spending with internet access tools.

Require audits of all government departments based on standard private business accounting practices.

Long Term, Downsize government, with particular emphasis on unsustainable entitlement spending:

o   Department of Agriculture ($142.0 billion annually).

o   Department of Commerce ($16.7 billion annually).

§  Abolish business subsidies should be abolished, including technology subsidies, handouts to fishermen, and minority business aid ($1.2 billion).

§  Eliminate Economic Development Administration funding ($469 million).

§  Terminate the International Trade Administration ($389 million).

o   Department of Education ($106.9 billion annually).

o   Department of Energy ($38.3 billion annually).

o   Department of Health and Human Services ($868.8 billion annually).

o   Department of Housing and Urban Development ($62.5 billion annually).

§  Privatize Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae), ($6.5 B).

§  Privatize Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac), ($6.5 B).

§  Privatize Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae).

o   Department of Interior (12.0 billion annually).

o   Department of Labor (209.3 billion annually).

o   Department of Transportation ($90.9 billion annually).

§  Devolve the Federal Highway Administration ($51.8 billion annually) to the states.

§  Devolve the Federal Transit Administration ($15.5 billion annually) to the states.

§  Privatize air traffic control and end airport grants ($14.2 billion annually)

§  Limit Highway Trust Fund spending to level of revenue ($12B).

§  Privatize Federal Aviation Administration ($11.8B).

§  Eliminate the Community Development Block Grant as wasteful and duplicative ($1.6B)

§  Privatize Amtrak ($950M)

§  Eliminate Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) ($800M)

§  Close down Maritime Administration ($325M).

§  Eliminate subsidies to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority ($125M)

§  Terminate the Essential Air Service (EAS) program ($100M).

§  Privatize the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation ($31M).

§  Close down the Appalachian Regional Commission ($3M).

§  Devolve highway infrastructure to the states.

§  Privatize the nation’s airports, while ending federal subsidies.

§  Devolve seaport infrastructure to the states.

o   Medicare (325B) - Privatize into Personal Health Savings Accounts.

o   Social Security - Privatize into personal accounts.

o   Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit ($62B)

o   Medicaid ($186B)

o   SCHIP.

o   State Payment for Family Support ($4.1B).

o   Temporary Assistance for Needy Families ($18.1B)

o   Army Corps of Engineers ($4.9B).

§  Dams ($10.0B).

§  Energy Facilities ($10.0B).

o   Export-Import Bank.

o   Geographic Survey ($.5B).

o   Global Positioning Service ($7.0B).

o   Government Printing Office.

o   Legal Services Corporation ($350 M).

o   NASA ($15.7B).

o   National Weather Service ($2.3B).

o   Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation.

o   Privatize the Postal Service ($8.1B).

o   Retirement Insurance, including Social Security ($527B).

o   Risk Management Agency ($3.4B).

o   Transportation Security Agency ($2.7B).

o   Excess electromagnetic spectrum ($150B).

o   Commodity lands (Forest Service, BLM) ($160B).

o   Government buildings and lands ($10.B).

o   Crop Insurance.

o   Flood Insurance.

o   Property Insurance.

o   Terrorism Risk Insurance (TRIA).

o   Windstorm Insurance.

o   Child Care Entitlement Grants ($2.7B).

o   Child Care & Development Grants ($2.1B).

o   Community Oriented Policing Services ($575M).

o   Community Service Grants ($631M)

o   Environmental Protection Agency ($3.6B).

o   Federal Transit Administration ($8.4B).

o   Foster Care & Adoption Grants ($6.5B).

o   Head Start ($6.8B).

o   Social Service Grants ($1.8B).

o   Administration on Aging ($1.4B).

o   Employment and Training Administration ($5.2B).

o   Low Income Home Energy Assistance ($2.1B).

o   Small Business Administration ($3.0B).

o   Substance Abuse & Mental Health ($3.2B).

o   Trade Adjustment Assistance ($1.1B).

o   Agency for International Development ($3.7B).

o   Corporation for Public Broadcasting ($466M).

o   Economic Development Administration ($392M).

o   Maritime Administration ($411M).

o   National Endowment for the Arts & Humanities ($254M).

o   Rural Development ($1.0B).

o   United Nations ($362M).

o   At-risk youth.

o   Disabled.

o   Early childhood development.

o   Economic development.

o   Homeless assistance.

o   International education.

o   Safe water.

Subsidize building Internet of the future across U.S.A. to provide universal wireless broadband access.

Crime

Enforce or erase all laws, awarding uniform sentences.

Return pendulum to favor victim rights over criminal rights.

Privatize prisons to outsource incarceration services.

Return state and local laws primacy on:

·         States should establish drug courts for drug offenses, emphasizing treatment for offenders and incarceration as leverage to ensure compliance.

End DOJ law enforcement grants that subsidize routine local law enforcement activities.

Economy

Short Term, Emphasize free market capitalism as the basis for the American economy.

Dismantle the “Too Big to Fail” policy as “Too Big To Exist”

Eliminate government intervention from exercise of free market capitalism.

Measure overall economic health with a combination of multiple metrics (Include “independent sector” (non profits) in all economic health metrics):

Long Term, Limit size and intrusion of government (federal plus state plus local) to less than 25% of GDP.

Limit federal government to only that role specifically enumerated in the Constitution.

Privatize Federal Reserve banks returning to Congress the constitutional authority over monetary policy and privatizing the money supply.

Re-link currency to an international commodity (such as gold):

Elections

Short Term, Reengineer election process to be more representative and more participative.

o   Require unique voter identification (social security number) to ensure citizens only vote once.

o   Enact tax incentive (credit) to encourage voting participation.

o   Enable electronic e-voting to enable citizens to vote remotely (via internet).

o   Ensure all valid absentee ballots are counted.

o   Require all voters to present photographic identification, issued by the federal, state, or local government, when they vote at their polling place, or to send copies of such identification when submitting an absentee ballot.

o   Require all individuals who register to vote to provide documentation establishing that they are United States citizens.

o   Require state and local election officials to verify the accuracy of new voter registration information against other available state and federal databases.

o   Require an individual who registers by mail to vote in person the first time they vote.

o   Require all individuals who register to vote through the use of mail-in forms, whether they are mailed back to election officials or hand-delivered by the individual or third-party organizations, to comply with the applicable HAVA provision.

o   Require all third-party organizations (like ACORN) that conduct voter registration drives to put the name of their organization and the volunteer or employee handling each registration on the voter registration form and require all completed forms to be returned to election officials by such organizations within ten days of the date the forms are executed by the voter.

o   Facilitate voting by overseas members of the military by requiring that all absentee ballots being sent to UOCAVA voters be mailed at least 45 days prior to the election deadline or alternatively by express mail or electronic means so the ballots will be received by voters in time to be returned.

o   Require all state courts to notify election officials when individuals whose names are drawn from the registration rolls are excused from jury duty because they claim they are not U.S. citizens or no longer live in the jurisdiction.

o   Require the state to enter into agreements with other states, especially neighboring states, to compare voter registration lists to find voters who are registered in more than one state.

o   Prosecute election fraud to the fullest extent of the law.

o   Develop systems allowing servicemen overseas the ability to vote electronically and their votes counted back in their home districts.

o   Base representation on number of legal citizens based on U.S. Census.

o   Redistrict conforming as nearly as possible to state or local government boundaries.

§  Redistrict design based on Minimal distance to district center or zip codes.

o   Return voting rights to criminals after they complete their sentences, parole and probation.

o   Enable electronic voting to allow remote participation from their home state and district.

o   Schedule five day workweek enabled with remote teleconferencing and voting access.

o   Each Member must certify that they actually read and understand the proposed legislation.

Long Term, Ensure Congress composed of citizen legislators.

o   No more than two full four year terms (10 years max) for President.

o   No more than five full two year terms (10 years max) for Congress.

o   No more than two six year terms (12 years max) for Senators.

o   Restrict lawyers from serving in office in the legislative branch of government.

o   Enact a lifetime ban on any elected official at the state or federal level from ever being a professional lobbyist.

o   Pay members of the House and Senate an incentive pay.

o   Pay is contingent on federal budget being passed.

o   When inflation or unemployment rate is above a threshold, pay cuts become automatic and cumulative.

o   Maximum term limits become operative when there is a deficit for more than two years in a row.

o   Congress members must participate in Social Security, like other federal employees.

o   Congress members must obtain health coverage from the Health Insurance Exchange, like other federal employees.

o   Congress members are not eligible for a government pension, but must fund their own retirement provisions, like their self-employed constituents.

o   Congress members will receive an annual allowance intended to defray expenses carrying out their duties, including office expenses, including staff, mail, and travel between member’s home district office and required visits to Washington, DC.

o   Primaries would be a rotating series of regional primaries.

o   Require all campaign contributions made to general campaign fund, distributed by the government based on predetermined spending limit.

o   Lobbyists are forbidden from direct candidate contributions.

o   Each candidate would be restricted to a fixed amount of government money for campaigns.

Enact Constitutional Amendment to authorize a Presidential federal line item veto to limit “earmark” and “pork” projects.

Enact Constitutional Amendment to extend concept of Recall to members of Congress, both representatives and senators.

Employment

Short Term, Decrease government control and interference in employment practices.

Eliminate Job Corps residential job training program ($3.1B).

De-federalize the minimum wage:

Reform unemployment insurance:

Reform pension calculation to stop pension spiking based on last two to three years earnings.

Increase union accountability:

  1. Require union recertification elections every five years.
  2. Allow company unions (repeal section 8(a)2 of the NLRA).
  3. Require private ballot elections to authorize unionization vs. authorization cards.
  4. Protect replacement workers (employers have undisputed right to hire permanent replacement workers for striking workers in economic strikes).
  5. Ensure federal employees operate under Right-to-Work rules.

o   Require Congress employees to conform to labor organization policies.

  1. Create greater union financial transparency.

o   Union members must vote on use of union dues for political activism.

o   Ensure continued full funding for the Office of Labor Management Standards, the union watchdog agency.

Pass a National Right-to-Work Law.

Measure employment accurately:

Long Term, Remove federal interference in private sector employment.

Abolish the federal Department of Labor as not covered under enumerated powers ($209.3 billion annually).

o   Offer voluntary Personal Unemployment Savings Accounts, funded by employees.

Repeal the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) of 1935.

Repeal Executive Order 10988 authorization for federal work force unionization.

Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act to allow market to set prevailing wage rate (saves $9B annually).

Energy

Short Term, Develop Comprehensive Energy Policy to allow free market to govern energy production and use.

Reduce Department of Energy budget to support only the core mission:

Withdraw the U.S. from the U.N. Agenda 21, freeing up U.S. land for resource development.

Eliminate all government subsidies on energy sources.

·         Promote fuel diversity to allow free market, not government regulation, to determine energy winners and losers.

Remove regulatory barriers to energy production, storage, and exploitation.

o   Remission EPA as economically driven Environmental Solutions Agency.

increase domestic energy supplies to lesson US dependence on imports and vulnerability to supply disruptions.

o   Employ federal funds to accelerate the development and deployment of Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) techniques.

o   Remove limitations to access to untapped domestic oil/gas energy production in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

§  Give coastal states federal royalty revenue sharing.

o   Remove limitations to access to untapped domestic oil/gas energy production in ANWR.

o   Exploit oil shale deposits in American West including National Parks.

o   Reduce regulatory and environmental restrictions to allow new production and new refineries to be built.

o   Develop and expand clean coal technologies, including carbon sequestration, gasification, and conversion to liquid fuels.

o   Streamline the permitting schedule from four years down to two or less and should be available for up to two construction permits per reactor design.

o   Amend the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 to encourage development of a market-based management system for used nuclear fuel.

§  Expand the Yucca Mountain spent fuel repository to a rational, market based approach.

§  Encourage commercial reprocessing and recycling of spent nuclear fuel.

§  Create a Market for Waste Management Services to extract the Federal Government from direct participation in energy management.

o   Explore small modular reactors (SMRs) and provide consistent system for permitting this advanced technology with minimum paperwork and minimum regulatory costs.

o   Explore Molten Salt Reactors (MSR) technology for true renewable green nuclear energy.

Decrease energy usage with increased conservation and efficiency will complement increased production.

Invest judiciously in emerging energy technologies.

o   Repeal corn ethanol initiative as ineffective and disruptive to the food supply.

o   Require dual fuel capability vehicles that use both electric and auxiliary gasoline engine.

o   Invest in battery emerging technologies to extent the range of electric vehicles.

o   Exploit geothermal energy as a readily available, environment friendly alternative.

Long Term, Abolish federal Department of Energy as not covered under enumerated powers.

·         Eliminate Commercial Deployment and Technology Development ($3.04B).

o   Eliminate the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy ($2.3B).

o   Eliminate the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability ($113M).

o   Eliminate the Office of Fossil Energy ($428M).

o   Eliminate the Office of Nuclear Energy ($178M).

·         Eliminate the Office of Science ($1.42B).

·         Eliminate the energy Frontier Research Centers ($120M).

·         Eliminate Energy Information Hubs ($48M).

·         Eliminate the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) ($121M).

·         Eliminate the Basic Energy sciences ($287M).

·         Eliminate Biological and Environmental Research ($456.6M).

·         Eliminate Advanced Scientific Computing Research ($114M).

·         Eliminate Fusion Energy Sciences ($104M).

·         Eliminate High Energy Physics ($55M).

·         Eliminate Nuclear Physics ($104M).

·         Eliminate Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists Program ($14.5M).

·         Eliminate Advanced Research Projects Agency ($350M).

·         Eliminate the Power Marketing Administrations ($85M).

§  Abolish the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Privatize Tennessee Valley Authority ($8.5B).

Privatize Strategic Petroleum Reserve ($169M).

Environment

Short Term, Reduce EPA funding to FY2008 levels.

Require a complete and objective cost benefit analysis for all environmental regulations.

o   Reject Agenda 21 as a backdoor implementation of one-world government.

§  Defund the Global Climate Change Initiative.

o   Reject carbon dioxide labeled as a greenhouse pollutant, since it encourages biologic growth.

o   Reject the Kyoto Protocol as a global warming hysterical over-reaction.

o   Reject “Cap and Trade” legislation as expensive and ineffective, except to alleviate guilt.

§  Reject Cap and Trade ‘tax’ as government intrusion into the energy free market.

§  Reject Cap and Trade exchanges as a lucrative new business for environmentalists.

o   Acknowledge and publicize vast progress made in the last 20 years improving air quality.

o   Restrict EPA ability to regulate emissions under the Clean Air Act.

o   Eliminate subsidies for all forms of energy.

Support international voluntary cooperation and sharing agreements, such as AP6.

Reject Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) business practice as leftist extortion and a waste of scarce resources, with little real impact on business performance or corporate perception.

Long Term, Reduce EPA funding to restrict mission to pollution control.

Gun Control

Streamline Licensing of gun owners with common sense rules:

Simplify registration of all guns.

Homeland Security

Short Term, Reform Congressional oversight of the DHS into four standing homeland security committees to reduce oversight burden (vs. 108 committees and subcommittees).

Prioritize investments in homeland security based on a realistic threat assessment.

o   Require DHS to use risk and Target Capabilities List capability gaps to allocate funds; and

o   Limit the number of urban areas eligible to the 35 highest risk cities in any given fiscal year for the UASI grant program, and use cooperative agreements instead of grants.

Publish an annual scorecard on Transportation Security Administration (TSA) performance.

Separate FEMA from Homeland Security to handle national catastrophes, not routine emergencies.

o   Establish clear requirements, such as international disaster scales, to limit the situations in which federal emergency declarations can be issued.

o   Eliminate entirely certain types of disasters from FEMA’s portfolio.

o   Reduce the cost-share provision for all FEMA declarations to no more than 25% of the costs to ensure that at least 75% of the costs of a disaster are borne by the taxpayers living where the disaster took place.

·         Implement a decentralized approach to preparedness adhering to baseline preparedness standards but operating under grassroots structure tasked with on-the-ground implementation of disaster response efforts.

o   Demand that state and local governments pay greater attention to mitigating disaster risks and bear the consequences of responding to disasters exacerbated by poor policies.

Fund information technology investments to enable more efficient and effective operations.   

·         Develop “Terrorstat” program to gather and analyze all useful threat information.

·         Develop “Borderstat” program to consolidate all illegal border crossing and capture information.

·         Develop “Readystat” program to measure localities preparedness against risks.

·         Implement “Secure Flight” program to flag suspicious passengers for additional screening.

·         Implement Incident Command System (ICS) to standardize emergency protocol to reduce potential miscommunications during initial phases of incident response.

·         Accelerate the implementation of Real ID.

·         Implement “Trusted Traveler” program.

Eliminate most homeland security grants to states and allow states to finance their own programs.

Transfer the Coast Guard mission to the Department of Defense.

Long Term, Reorganize Homeland Security to report to the Department of Defense.

Judiciary

Short Term, Return judiciary funding to levels prior to recent unwarranted expansion.

Nominate and confirm only those justices who have a proven record of fidelity to the Constitution.

Elected officials should criticize any policymaking from the bench that is disguised as judicial “interpretation.”

Encourage arbitration in consumer and employment matters to free up over-burdened courts.

Long Term, Enact Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits for Supreme Court Justices (12 years max).

Remove federal judges who have a history of being reversed on appeal.

Legal

Short Term, Establish a Congressional Office of Regulatory Analysis (CORA).

·         Require a regulatory impact analysis for legislation similar to the existing requirement of a CBO score.

Protect the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs to scrutinize rules before adoption.

·         Require independent agencies to submit cost benefit analyses to OIRA for non-binding review.

o   When a regulation will cost more than $100 million to comply with, Congress should require a vote on the regulation BEFORE it becomes binding.

·         Require a sunset date for all new federal regulations

Expand Congressional Accountability Act to ensure all statutes and regulations apply equally to members of Congress and their staff:

Reorganize, update, and enact the entire U.S. Code as law.

Ensure Congress oversees the impact of legislation, under the Congressional Review Act:

Reform tort system:

o   Eliminate punitive (pain and suffering) awards.

o   Enact traditional English Rule (“loser pays”) and require litigants to pay costs of spurious law suits.

o   Require class members to affirmatively “opt-in” rather than affirmatively “opt-out.”

o   Treat settlement and attorney’s fees as part of one recovery, with recovery total split.

Restrict eminent domain judgments to public projects.

Long Term, Restrict lawyers from serving in office in the legislative branch of government.

Taxes

Short term, simplify the existing income tax:

o   Abolish capital gains taxes.

o   Abolish Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT).

o   Abolish “death tax” on estate inheritance.

o   Abolish “worldwide” taxation, to eliminate double taxation with foreign taxes.

o   Ban internet taxes permanently.

o   Liberate seniors (and employers) from payroll (social security) taxes

o   Reduce corporate taxes to best globally competitive rate (10%).

o   Allow immediate expensing for 100% of new equipment purchases for business.

Long term, replace the federal Income Tax approach with National Sales (consumption) Tax:

o   Apply same rate to individuals, partnerships, and corporations.

o   Repeal all federal excise taxes, except those dedicated to specific trust funds.

o   Redeploy IRS to focus on enforcement.

 

Foreign Policies

Foreign Policy

Short Term, Develop a coherent integrated foreign policy strategy that reflects American national interests.

o   Establish doctrinal principles to explain public diplomacy mission.

§  Create planning, clearing, and assessing processes across agency boundaries.

o   Ensure diplomatic and military efforts are coordinated and consistent.

o   Terminate FSOs who put their personal or political needs in front of their country needs.

o   Target desired audiences with appropriate dialogue approaches and channels.

o   Exploit the use of all international broadcasting vehicles like VOA to educate listeners on freedom and democracy.

Cooperate with other nations diplomatically, in our own interests.

Long Term, State Department assume ownership of the nation building and reconstruction mission.

Integrate Stability Operations Force post-conflict/post-disaster stabilization and nation building and reconstruction missions.

o   Recruit Foreign Service experienced professionals for senior leadership positions.

o   Recruit people with language and technical skills to stand by in reserve.

o   Recruit expertise in engineering, medicine, and policing available for deployment.

o   Augment non-security resources with experienced civilian contractors.

Foreign Aid

Short Term, Integrate all agency opinions (State, Intelligence, Defense, UN, USAID) into a coherent unified foreign policy.

Promote free trade and investment accords as an alternative to aid.

Long Term, Establish strong oversight over use of taxpayer funds to finance foreign aid.

o   Eliminate the Development Assistance Program.

o   Eliminate Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

o   Eliminate Trade and Development Agency.

o   Explicitly link disbursement of U.S. development assistance to support for U.S. policy priorities in the U.N.

o   Require the State Department to include information on foreign assistance in its annual report to Congress on voting practices in the United Nations.

o   Engage directly with Washington embassies on U.S. priorities in the U.N.

o   Utilize a scorecard to rate economic, social, and political behavior as input to aid calculation.

Foreign Trade

Short Term, Integrate all agency opinions (State, Intelligence, Defense, UN, USAID) into a unified foreign policy.

Seek additional partners in bilateral Free Trade Agreements, including labor standards requirements.

Long Term, Create an alliance of free-trading nations with a commitment to free trade and the rule of law:

·         Finalize the Trans-Atlantic Investment Partnership (TPIP) - a comprehensive, multilateral free-trade agreement that the United States and the European Union to reinforce the longstanding close relationship with Europe.

·         Finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) - a comprehensive, multilateral free-trade agreement that the United States, Australia, Mexico, Canada, and seven other nations are negotiating, using many of our existing bilateral free-trade agreements as a basis to create a strong bloc of allies united by free trade.

·         Formalize a U.S.-EU free-trade agreement - the EU is America’s largest trading partner, with $1.5 trillion in annual trade, representing 40% of the world’s GDP and 47% of global trade.

·         Sign a U.S.-Brazil free-trade agreement - Brazil, with the world’s 6th largest economy, is a growing regional power and a natural U.S. ally and a FTA will cement Brazil’s position as a primary force for stability and peace in South America, and as a counterweight to neo-socialist regimes and budding narco-states.

·         Reform the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) - provides a helping hand to developing economies by offering them non-reciprocated trade preferences if they strictly adhere to the rule of law.

Defense

Short Term, Allocate 4% of GDP on an ongoing basis for the continued rebuilding and maintenance of national defense.

Conduct a Military Transformation Review to identify opportunities to reduce bureaucracy, improve efficiencies and collapsing functional capabilities to cut costs (such as):

Integrate Coast Guard mission and resources from Department of Homeland Security.

Require National Security Strategy to be reviewed and reissued periodically, at least once each administration.

§  Evaluate both short-term and long-term risks.

o   Establish that humanitarian interventions should be State, not Defense mission.

o   Establish that nation-building is State, not Defense mission.

o   Derive the QDR from the National Security Strategy.

o   Create a buffer between the demands of the budget calendar and the strategy policy review.

o   Promote maintaining a substantial technological superiority.

o   Expand the two-war construct to reflect current risk environment.

o   Improve Congressional buy-in by establishing a permanent national defense panel.

o   Clearly link Defense as last resort extension of foreign policy.

§  Set force level needs to meet short and long term threats.

·         Ensure military readiness supports threat needs.

o   Ensure social reengineering (DADT) that undermines military readiness.

·         Set equipment needs to address short and long term threats.

·         Set reasonable near and long term budgeting goals for military modernization.

o   Optimize defense infrastructure investments.

§  Close underutilized bases.

§  Cut military construction and housing.

§  Reform maintenance and supply systems.

o   Continue investments in a viable tactical and strategic missile defense system.

§  Develop a layered missile defense program.

Ø  Retain the Multiple Kill Vehicle (MKV) program.

Ø  Preserve the Airborne Laser (ABL) program.

Ø  Continue boost-phase missile defense programs.

Ø  Field a system to protect U.S. coastal areas from sea launched shorter range systems.

§  Develop and field test space-based elements.

o   Invest appropriately in cyber-security measures and resources.

o   Add Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) as viable threat scenario.

§  Ensure critical infrastructure (power, communications, IT) is protected from EMP threats.

§  Integrate EMP suppression into missile defense plans.

o   Ensure National Guard receives long term commitment of resources and funding:

§  Ensure the appropriate Active and Reserve mix to meet the needs of the future.

§  Ensure equipment needs include dual use equipment for domestic missions.

§  Reorganize the National Guard to aid its response to catastrophic events.

·         Ensure logistics meet defense needs and critical components are not dependent on foreign suppliers.

o   Ensure ongoing maintenance to maintain or extend the service lives of equipment.

o   Standardize infrastructure, logistics, and equipment to better enable unified commands.

o   Restock prepositioned supplies to enable rapid deployment around the world.

o   Reinvigorate multi-national exercises and foreign military engagements.

·         Fix 40% of overall defense budget for modernization, research and development, and procurement.

o   Maintain air superiority advantage.

o   Continue investments in robotic technologies to expand military reach with decreased human risk.

o   Modernize nuclear warheads to maintain a nuclear deterrent.

Reform the military compensation, retirement, and health care system to honor current obligations to service members and updated to meet the changing demands for sustaining the all-volunteer force in a more mobile labor market.

·         Expand the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) to provide tax deferred savings for all purposes including retirement.

·         Transition from existing defined-benefit health care plans to defined-contribution plans that maximize choice.

·         Focus the Military Health Service (MHS) and Veterans Affairs (VA) systems on military medicine specializing on military medicine and service related injuries and diseases.

Establish a civilian agency (Stability Operations Force) to replace military when the situation on the ground transitions to post-conflict/post-disaster stabilization and nation building and reconstruction.

o   Recruit Foreign Service experienced professionals for senior leadership positions.

o   Establish a roster of people with language and technical skills to stand by in reserve.

o   Recruit expertise in engineering, medicine, and policing available for deployment.

o   Augment security forces with experienced combat veterans and intelligence personnel.

o   Augment non-security resources with experienced civilian contractors.

Promote the creation of State Defense Forces (SDF) in high risk states

Enforce Solomon Amendment linking federal funding to defense recruiting on campuses.

Long Term, Transform the American military to operate successfully in the future.

Integrate Homeland Security mission and resources into Department of Defense.

Redefine the strategic defense posture to one of Damage Limitation Strategy.

o   Continue reduction of operationally deployed strategic nuclear warheads.

o   Continue improving security at nuclear sites around the world.

o   Continue support for the “Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction” and the “Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism.”

o   Increase Army and Marines to meet future ground forces needs.

o   Expand Special Operations Command (SOCOM) to meet expected expanded missions.

o   Rebuild Navy to a sustainable global power level of deployment (300 ships).

o   Recapitalize and modernize Air Force to maintain air superiority.

o   Establish a National Security Space Command for space, including satellite, defense.

o   Rebuild intelligence capability to better serve defense needs.

Transfer the Stability Operations Force to the Department of State for to post-conflict/post-disaster stabilization and nation building and reconstruction.

Terrorism

Redefine the War on Terror as a War against Islamo-fascism, with multiple theaters of operation.

o   De-legitimize the immorality and hypocrisy of Islamic fundamentalists.

o   Craft appropriate messages for each target constituency:

o   Exploit the use of all international broadcasting vehicles like Voice of America and Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty to educate listeners on freedom and democracy.

o   Educate American public on true nature of Islamic religion.

o   Disrespect suicide bombers by burying their remains with pig entrails and other trash.

o   Profile Islamo-fascist terrorists for elimination wherever they reside.

o   Acknowledge home grown Islamist terrorists planning attacks in this country.

o   Identify potential al-Qaida terrorist plots initiated from outside the U.S.

o   Counter all terrorist threats to include cyber-war attacks.

Continue preemptive attacks to fight terrorists where they reside, instead of waiting to be attacked.

o   Mobilize to counter the recent terrorist war on the sea (piracy attacks).

Publish an annual GWOT scorecard detailing progress and achievements around the world.

Expose the Muslim front groups as terrorism enablers.

Convene a “Geneva Convention” for defining terrorism and rules of engagement.

o   Contrast legal interrogation techniques vs. illegal torture.

o   Define outlawed torture vs. aggressive interrogation and humiliation techniques.

o   Detain prisoners until the end of the War on Terror.

Continue cooperation and coordination between U.S. and Europe focusing on War on Terror.

Once it is determined that a country gives “safe haven” to terrorists or their training camps:

Endorse moderate Muslims attempts to distance themselves from the Islamic extremists.

Africa

Redefine the conflicts in Africa as another major theater in the Global War on Terror.

Reinforce the importance of democratic governance in Africa and publicly support the region’s democratic standard bearers.

Renew and Upgrade African Growth and Opportunity Act.

Asia

Strengthen trilateral cooperation among India, Japan, and US on issues fostering democracy in Asia.

Expand U.S. Cooperation with Indian Ocean Nations.

·         Promote U.S. Navy port visits to Asian countries that border the Indian Ocean.

·         Expand the International Military Education and Training Program for officers drawn from South Asian militaries.

·         Support aid programs to the area, not only at the nation-to-nation level (e.g., the International Monetary Fund), but also at the more personal level.

Establish Free Trade Agreements across Asia Pacific (FTAAP).

·         Establish normal trade relations with Vietnam, ending 15 years of diplomacy and negotiations.

·         American leaders should not refer to China as a diplomatic “partner” until improvements in human rights.

American leaders must stand up for Taiwan freedom and independence.

Engage with North Korea to dis-mantle nuclear weapons development program via public diplomacy.

Define Asia as a major theater in the Global War on Terror.

Europe

Encourage Europe to learn from the Ireland, Estonia, and Sweden economic experience.

Support Russia becoming full participant in global community.

Redefine Europe as a major theater in the Global War on Terror.

o   Promote the values of Western democratic modernity.

§  Require immigrants assimilate into the countries culture and laws.

o   Educate European public on true nature of Al-Qaeda jihad.

§  Deport individuals who engage in unacceptable behaviors.

§  Prosecute high profile Islamists who threaten public order.

o   De-legitimize the immorality and hypocrisy of Islamic fundamentalists.

o   Label terrorists as the cowards and “useful idiots” that they are.

o   Conservative Muslim Forum turned out to be neither conservative nor conciliatory.

o   Approve the EU-U.S. Passenger Name Records Agreement.

o   Accept U.S. data privacy standards as adequate.

o   Add Hezbollah to list of foreign terrorist organizations.

o   Share data relating to asylum and immigration.

Withdraw US from NATO since its mission is purely defense and Soviet Union is no longer a threat.

o   Match the ambitions of the Strategic Concept with military capabilities.

o   Encourage NATO members to commit 2% of GDP to defense.

o   Reserve NATO resources exclusively for NATO missions.

o   Constitute an annual land exercise.

o   Reserve NATO resources exclusively for NATO missions.

o   Create a new rapid reaction force to enable quick response around the world.

o   Develop an in-depth cyber-defense policy.

Latin America

Promote Americas Free Trade Agreements to include as many Latin America countries as possible.

Promote regional collaboration against transnational crime and terrorism.

Middle East

Define the conflicts in the Middle East as one major theater in the Global War on Terror.

o   Expel Americans from Iraq.

o   Establish an Islamic emirate in Iraq and develop it into a caliphate.

o   Extend the jihad to Iraq’s secular neighbors.

o   Win the inevitable battle with Israel.

o   Label terrorists as the cowards and “useful idiots” that they are.

o   Encourage moderate Muslims to condemn terror as a tactic and Islamo-fascism as the cause.

Endorse moderate Muslims attempts to distance themselves from the Islamic extremists.

Support Israel defending themselves against the terrorist organizations to the South and North.

Pressure Lebanon to regain control and not allow terrorist organizations to operate inside their borders

Pressure Syria, diplomatically and economically, to stop support for terrorist organizations.

o   Pressure Syria to surrender Iraqi WMDs hidden in the days prior to Iraq invasion.

Support Pakistan eliminating terrorist sanctuaries.

Facilitate Iraq government maturing to defend themselves against terrorists and Baathists.

o   Complete training of Iraq homeland security (police and Army) forces.

o   Honor security agreements should violence escalate after U.S. leaves.

Continue to support the Afghan government to rid the country of Taliban and Al-Qaeda elements.

Pressure Iran, diplomatically and economically, to stop nuclear development and withdraw support for terrorist organizations.

United Nations

Short term, fundamentally reform the UN or withdraw funding and support the continued operations of the parts that are not working as designed.

·         Implement population weighted funding for the United Nations.

o   Encourage U.N. to move to Geneva, Switzerland.

o   Require UN independent agencies to publish line by line detailed budgets for oversight.

o   Sunset the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as having outlived its usefulness.

o   Enhance U.N. ethics standards and whistleblower protections.

o   Restore the U.S. policy of zero growth for the U.N. regular budget.

·         Since the U.S. has 6% of world population, U.S. should fund 6% of budget.

§  Tie U.S. contributions to specific U.N. changes.

o   Reduce U.S. voluntary funding to the U.N. system by 10% per year.

·         Implement GDP weighted voting in the General Assembly.

o   Require UN independent agencies to publish line by line detailed budgets for oversight.

o   Oppose the biased, anti-American Alliance of Civilizations mandate, funding, and support.

·         Realign UN Security Council to be top 7 economies (GDP).

o   Today’s 1 to 9: U.S., Japan, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Canada, Spain, Brazil.

o   Require China and Russia to “pay to play.”

o   Ensure continued mission to guard international peace and security.

o   Enforce standards of conduct for civilian and military personnel participating in U.N. peace operations.

o   Require Human Rights Council members to champion the causes of political and economic freedom.

o   Require the Human Rights Council to provide objective, fair and balanced assessments of Human Rights conditions around the world.

o   Withhold a portion of U.S. funding to the U.N. regular budget until the General Assembly ends the practice of funding the council and other U.N. human rights activities through the U.N. regular budget.

o   Withhold annual funds that are earmarked for obsolete or unsupported functions.

·         Eliminate funding for UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

·         Continue to veto attempts to subvert member rights to UN authority.

o   Participate in Millennium Declaration project goals only when it serves our own national interests.

§  Reject the U.N. Law of the Sea (LOST) Treaty.

§  Reject UN tax and fees initiatives.

§  Reject international gun control initiatives.

§  Reject “Environmental Sustainability” initiatives.

o   Reject the “Responsibility to Protect” doctrine that obligates military intervention.

o   Seek to coordinate voting by politically free governments within the U.N.

o   Seek support for an economic freedom coalition within the U.N.

Long term, abandon the United Nations ($362M).

o   Replace UN with League of Democracies to promote global freedom.

o   Restrict membership to countries with democratic values and rules of law.

o   Provide Free Trade Agreement between all members as an economic advantage of membership.

o   Assemble coalitions of forces to enforce and keep the peace among nations.