Political Values

On March 28, 2016, in Government, Uncategorized, by Anthony Lake

Economy

I am against minimum wages. Increasing a Government imposed minimum wage does not increase the value of work performed – it only devalues the dollars used to pay the wage. In a free society, a business owner is free to offer any wage, and a worker is free to accept or decline that wage. In general there should be fewer regulations on businesses and individuals because government regulations hinder both trade and job growth. The market forces of supply and demand should and ultimately always do determine the value of the work performed.

I am against higher tax rates for higher income brackets. Taxes should never be punitive – everyone should contribute in equal proportions to the necessary evil of taxation. While some taxes are necessary for government to function, the Government in general should tax less and spend less, simplify the tax code, and eliminate loopholes and special provisions.

Taxes spent on entitlements should be drastically reduced. Charity is the responsibility of a free people, making free choices. The Government should balance the budget.

Healthcare

I oppose government-provided universal healthcare and the Affordable Care Act. I support free market competition across state lines and competition to Medicare from private insurance companies; I oppose Medicaid expansion.

Private companies can provide healthcare services more efficiently than government-run programs, especially if private insurance companies are free from crushing government regulations such as being required to offer contraception coverage to nuns and the elderly.

Immigration

A moratorium should be imposed on all immigration immediately, except in the few extreme cases where Americans truly can’t be found to perform a job -if such a situation truly exists.

If and when immigration resumes, I am against amnesty or any path to citizenship for illegal aliens that doesn’t start with “going to the back of the line”. Illegal immigrants drive down wages and have already broken at least one law of our sovereign nation. They should be deported. There are thousands of highly qualified persons worldwide who have paid a heavy price and are patiently waiting for legal citizenship.

We need a stronger border patrol and a fortified and effective border wall. The border patrol should not be used as a “Federal Police Force” checking the papers of and inspecting the vehicles of citizens without a warrant many miles into the interior, however.

Education

Education and government in general should be handled at the most local level possible. Parents who want to home-school their children or send them to private schools be able to get vouchers for opting out of the public school system.

Voter ID Laws

Voter ID laws are necessary to combat fraud. If a person truly is disenfranchised by the difficulty of acquiring an ID to vote, perhaps it is not advisable for such a person to vote.

Gun Rights

The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

The Military

The United States of America should have the most powerful military in the world. We should increase military spending. We should remove some of the barriers that prevent older and more experienced persons from joining the military.

The Death Penalty

I support the death penalty.

On Government Itself

Our society is not based on community and social responsibility; it is based on individual rights and personal responsibility.

Government regulations hinder individual liberties, free market capitalism, job growth, personal success, and the nuclear family itself. The Federal Government’s role should be reduced to providing a standing military, Federal Highways, and regulating contracts and commerce between and amongst the States. A smaller government with less regulation ensures maximum freedom for the States. Most services should be provided by the private sector in a free market, and a literal interpretation of the Constitution should be adhered to.

 

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