ONE) Gary Johnson’s Work Visa Program will fail for all the same reasons that current background checks and immigration standards and VISA programs have failed. The expensive bureaucratic oversight that Johnson wishes to eliminate won’t go away. It’s not that Governor Johnson believes in a series of horrible ideas, it’s just that he’s so much of an idealist that he believes some those ideas would actually be implemented. Massive immigration is not, I repeat not, a good thing for this country. The United States is a Welfare State and a Regulatory State. Until we fix those problems, turning a blind eye to our border problems (which is exactly what a Johnson Presidency would mean) is a horrific idea. It’s certainly bad enough to make Johnson a poor alternative to Trump.
Whether or not Donald Trump ends up building his wall and making Mexico pay for it is beside the point. More than any other candidate running for President, Donald Trump takes securing the border seriously. We’ve heard a lot of words in this election about immigration and we forget that immigration is the purview of the US Congress, not the Presidency. None of these candidates will be able to do anything other than enforcing the laws already on the books and Donald Trump is the candidate most likely to commit to doing exactly that.
See Johnson’s many plans and ideas (and a brief loss of his mental faculties where he freaks out over the word “illegal”) here.
TWO) Donald Trump is far more likely to work with a Republican Congress that has struggled to pass effective legislation with a Progressive Democrat President in the White House. Pennsylvania Representative Keith Rothfus (12th district), wrote an outstanding Op-Ed detailing a positive Republican Agenda and the obstructions they’ve been up against with President Obama in the Oval Office.
With Donald Trump, you have someone who has already pledged to sign transformative legislation to restore congressional oversight, has embraced tax reform and health care reform proposals similar to those in A Better Way and pledged to support conservative nominees to the Supreme Court. CNN
It does us very little good to have a Republican Congress with a small majority in the US Senate if we do not have a President willing to work across the aisle. Donald Trump is the only candidate running for office amiable to the Republican agenda in Congress. Whether or not you like Donald Trump, your Republican Senators and Congressmen will depend upon him to advance important legislation. Now, one might ask whether or not the Republican Agenda in Congress is any good, and that is certainly up for discussion, but years of Gridlock, while preventing even more reckless spending then we already have, has deprived us of a host of excellent pieces of Republican Legislation like the REINS Act, which would save American Tax Payers tens of billions of dollars.
THREE) “Authorities plan to bring charges against Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein after she joined protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline in spray painting graffiti on equipment at a construction site Tuesday” Inforum.Com.
FOUR) Donald Trump is not a Neo-Con. While his Foreign Policy philosophy remains murky, the one thing we know for certain is that he has absolutely no respect for recent strategies in the Near East and frankly, I’m not sure it is possible to have created worse outcomes in Egypt and Libya than what the United States tried and threatened to do.
On democracy in the Middle East, Trump said, “We went from mistakes in Iraq to Egypt to Libya, to President Obama’s line in the sand in Syria. Each of these actions have helped to throw the region into chaos and gave ISIS the space it needs to grow and prosper. Very bad. It all began with a dangerous idea that we could make western democracies out of countries that had no experience or interests in becoming a western democracy.” Ballotpedia
It is definitely time for a change in foreign policy and a President likely to delegate to the generals (as Trump has been known to do in his business) would likely be a change in the right direction.
FIVE) 88 Generals have endorsed Donald Trump for President. I am only aware of one other general to have endorsed one of his opponents.
The Republican nominee’s campaign unveiled the letter, organized by Major Gen. Sidney Shachnow, a 40-year Army veteran and Holocaust survivor, and Rear Admiral Charles Williams, ahead of a speech on veterans affairs in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Politico
Having the support of the United States Military is usually a pretty good sign.
SIX) Presidents do not make tax policy. Congress does. However, it is important to note the kind of tax policy a potential president has, because (and I think I speak for 95% of Americans here) what we are currently doing is a disaster and if Congress ever does address taxes in this country, we want a President looking to sign productive and mature legislation.
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson promised this weekend that Donald Trump’s proposed tax plan would be the greatest stimulus the U.S. has seen since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “New Deal.” Washington Examiner
So, this sounds like a huge endorsement of Donald Trump, but Dr. Carson either doesn’t understand the “New Deal” or he doesn’t understand Donald Trump’s tax plan, either way, I thought I’d throw this out there to make people feel better about the fact that Carson wasn’t our nominee. Let’s face it. The above quote is pretty dumb.
So what is Trump’s Tax Plan? We don’t know much, but what we do know is good: Corporate Rate decreased from 35 to 15, full expensing for business investing, elimination of the AMT and the Death Tax. Trump has made some claims about wanting to axe the IRS, but he’s in no position to do that. (Bloomberg). Another running theme throughout Trump’s campaign has been a Reaganesque simplification of the tax code. Here’s a clip from CNN.
SEVEN) The Supreme Court. This is a no brainer and it requires no further explanation. This is also the most important reason to vote for Donald Trump.
EIGHT) Donald Trump intends to shake up the federal bureaucracy. Now, this is more difficult than it seems (The American Thinker). You don’t simply walk into the Oval Office and shake things up. Every agency is mired in red tape mired in red tape. Nevertheless, Donald Trump wants to take the Bureaucracy and their regulatory overreach on head first. If Trump can put even the smallest dent into the EPA, IRS, and BLM, I think we’d be in an exponentially better situation. That doesn’t even mention the good Trump could do with the Department of Education.
“Both unions practically retched when Trump named Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate last week. Pence touts his moves to increase charter schools, lift the cap on the dollar amount of vouchers for private schools and expand merit pay for teachers in his home state” Forbes.
NINE, TEN, ELEVEN, TWELVE, THIRTEEN, FOURTEEN, and FIFTEEN) From Donald Trump’s own Website.
Congress must act. Our elected representatives in the House and Senate must:
Completely repeal Obamacare. Our elected representatives must eliminate the individual mandate. No person should be required to buy insurance unless he or she wants to.
Modify existing law that inhibits the sale of health insurance across state lines. As long as the plan purchased complies with state requirements, any vendor ought to be able to offer insurance in any state. By allowing full competition in this market, insurance costs will go down and consumer satisfaction will go up.
Allow individuals to fully deduct health insurance premium payments from their tax returns under the current tax system. Businesses are allowed to take these deductions so why wouldn’t Congress allow individuals the same exemptions? As we allow the free market to provide insurance coverage opportunities to companies and individuals, we must also make sure that no one slips through the cracks simply because they cannot afford insurance. We must review basic options for Medicaid and work with states to ensure that those who want healthcare coverage can have it.
Allow individuals to use Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Contributions into HSAs should be tax-free and should be allowed to accumulate. These accounts would become part of the estate of the individual and could be passed on to heirs without fear of any death penalty. These plans should be particularly attractive to young people who are healthy and can afford high-deductible insurance plans. These funds can be used by any member of a family without penalty. The flexibility and security provided by HSAs will be of great benefit to all who participate.
Require price transparency from all healthcare providers, especially doctors and healthcare organizations like clinics and hospitals. Individuals should be able to shop to find the best prices for procedures, exams or any other medical-related procedure.
Block-grant Medicaid to the states. Nearly every state already offers benefits beyond what is required in the current Medicaid structure. The state governments know their people best and can manage the administration of Medicaid far better without federal overhead. States will have the incentives to seek out and eliminate fraud, waste and abuse to preserve our precious resources.
Remove barriers to entry into free markets for drug providers that offer safe, reliable and cheaper products. Congress will need the courage to step away from the special interests and do what is right for America. Though the pharmaceutical industry is in the private sector, drug companies provide a public service. Allowing consumers access to imported, safe and dependable drugs from overseas will bring more options to consumers.
My point is, regardless how you may feel about Donald Trump, there are good reasons to vote for the man. It’s not all about saving the country from