Labor and Capital-
“Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.” -Abraham Lincoln
I stand with Lincoln on these views. I do believe that Capital is a good thing. There is nothing wrong with Capital. The problem arises, however, when Capital trumps labor or when Capital is obtained at the expense of labor. There is plenty of room for both Capital and labor exist side by side and both prosper. We need to move towards that. There is no reason why a corporation making billions of dollars cannot pay their employees a living wage. That’s not free market that is corporate modified slavery. If I were to be elected to this seat I would push for a livable minimum wage that increases with inflation. Legitimate small businesses would have an exemption for a period of time so they could get their business off the ground and so that ma and pa stores won’t go out of business.
Taxes and Outsourcing-
One thing for sure is that the tax system in America does not work. Individuals pay a sizable portion of their income in taxes while large corporations like Google, GE, and Chase Bank skate by with paying nothing, in many cases getting paid millions in refunds by the government. Abraham Lincoln was the first president to impose a tax on income. When he instituted it everyone paid. In fact the Revenue Act of 1861 instituted an income tax that was to be:
“levied, collected, and paid, upon the annual income of every person residing in the United States, whether such income is derived from any kind of property, or from any profession, trade, employment, or vocation carried on in the United States or elsewhere, or from any other source whatever ”
There is no reason we cannot get back to this. Businesses need to pay their fair share of taxes as well. People say that businesses will move overseas if we tax them. I have a simple solution to this. Grow some balls and require that if they start in the US and make a sizable portion of their money in the US that they start paying taxes in the US and they keep a certain percentage of their jobs in the US. This would both give us more tax revenue and more jobs.
Cutting Social Programs-
I believe that the only way to cut social programs is to create less of a need for them. It would be inhumane to cut programs for some of the most underprivileged people in our country. But there are easy ways to cut spending in these programs. Perhaps the best way is to raise the minimum wage to something that is livable. By requiring large corporations like Wal-Mart and McDonalds to pay their employees a livable wage we will in fact cut welfare programs by billions. Why should we the taxpayers have to pay for food and housing for Wal Mart and McDonalds workers? The answer is we shouldn’t and now is the time to start demanding we stop by demanding these employers pay a living wage.
In addition I feel the need to talk about Social Security. This is one area where I and Paul Ryan differ greatly. You see, both Paul Ryan and I, at some point in our life have relied on Social Security to live. The difference between us is that now that we don’t I actually still care about the people who still do. Social Security and Medicare are systems you pay into. This is no different than a life insurance policy. We have all paid into these systems and we all deserve to have them. Cutting Medicare and Social Security is like a life insurance one day announcing they are cutting their payouts. How upset would you be if your loved one just died and the life insurance company said “Sorry we know they paid in for 40 years but they’re only getting $250,000 instead of the $500,000 promised”? I would be pissed and so would you, this is the same as cutting Social Security.
No matter how you splice it legalizing marijuana is good for America. No matter how you look at it science has proven that Marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol. It causes less impairment and is much healthier for you. So why do we spend billions of dollars annually prosecuting and investigating it? We need to bring back personal responsibility. If an adult wants to engage in marijuana use they should be able to and take personal responsibility for whatever that means. Additionally, marijuana has been proven to help with a wide range of medical conditions. As an example, I find it inhumane to tell a cancer patient this drug will likely help you more and won’t hurt your body near as much as the Morphine or other drugs but you cannot have it because its illegal. As a Congressman I would do whatever I could to get the DEA to reschedule Marijuana at the very least. It is currently in a class of drugs that it has been proven it does not belong in. We could also then tax it at a federal level bringing in billions of dollars in tax revenue.