Opinions on Political Issues & Strategy
by Thomas A. Stobie, SFO
In this webpage, I will discuss my views on various political issues and provide a strategy where those who support the respect for human life can take back Congress and many state legislatures from those who support the culture of death. For specific recommendation for the state of Kansas see my .
The United States and the individual states need to be more ready to respond to disasters, such as floods, wildfires, etc.
I support the creation of a Emergency Response National Reserve Force that would train professionals, such as physicians, fire fighters, engineers, on how to work effectly with the National Guard to help restore services and order to areas affected by disasters. The President and Governors would have the authorithy to activate these reserves to respond to disasters.
Assistance provided directly to individuals or businesses where they did not have insurance to cover losses should be recovered via a government assistance repayment tax.
The educational system in this country has a number of problems, specifically:
I recommend the following measures on education:
"One Size Fits All" fails for education.
I favor clean energy sources including nuclear power.
Governments should give preference to energy sources that do not pollute the environment, such as solar power, wind power, geothermal power, nuclear power, hydroelectric power, tidal power, etc. while discouraging energy sources that pollute such as fossil fuels and coal.
Exploring and extracting fuels should be allowed in new areas with the requirement that the exploration and extraction not damage the environment.
Taxes may be applied to natural resources extracted, particularly when world prices far exceed, extraction costs.
For transport vehicles, such as cars and planes, the government should encourage development of clean energy alternatives to the current petroleum use. The alternatives include but are not limited to biodiesel, ethanol, electric, hydrogen, and solar.
Local waste management companies should be encouraged to convert applicable trash into biodiesel fuel for their use and the use of (and sale to) local governments and public transport organizations. This may require upgrading vehicles to use biodiesel.
I believe that human beings have a responsibility to be good stewards of the environment.
Governments should encourage the development of clean energy sources.
Governments should regulate the quantity of pollution from industry penalizing those who pollute excessively. Governments should tax pollution to encourage use of cleaner methods of energy production, manufacturing, and waste management.
Smoking should be heavily restricted to provide a safe breathing environment for non-smokers. All entrances to public and health care facilities should be smoke-free with at least a 50 foot buffer zone outside with no smoking allowed.
Smoking near children should be treated as child abuse.
There should be a study considering creating fresh clean water and pipelining it to where it would be useful in the cases of drought, fire, and very dry conditions.
Local laws that require certain building materials should be modified to allow more efficent and cleaner alternatives.
Governments should permit and encourage free market competition to prosper under their laws but need to oversee the following areas:
Freedom of Religion
In the past 30 years, the United States has seen political action at all levels of government that incorporate the beliefs of the Hedonism, a religion, into the laws of the land. These new laws violate the non-establishment clause of the First Amendment of the United States constitution.
The following adverse effects of such actions have occurred and should be reversed:
We need a strong federal law reasserting the Freedom of Religion and prohibiting legislations that favors hedonism over other religions.
Organizations should be able to declare a religious preference or idealogy for their organization even if they serve members outside of their religion. These organization should then be allowed to practice their religion in all that they do.
States should allow for people to choose religious marriages which may be more restrictive and binding that non-religious marriages. For example, Catholic marriages are life-long covenant commitments between one adult man and one adult woman with requirements for annulments by the Catholic Church in order for divorces to be granted.
The governments' legislative process should be more automated taking advantage of current computing technologies.
Periodic audits of government functions should be conducted to find overlaps and recommend consolidations to save time and money.
When Congress fails to do its duties in a timely manner, such as the approval of Judges within 3 months, the President should have enhanced powers to do these activities.
Government laws should be simplified and special interest provisions should be eliminated.
See Government Spending for a discussion on spending issues.
The State of Kansas needs to appoint a special investigator to investigate current and past government officials (including but limited to Attorney General's office, District Attorneys, and Judges) who choose not to enforce Kansas laws, particularly in the area of late term abortion. It would not be surprising to discover massive corruption and bribery in this area.
I believe that functions that are performed by Government should be done at the lowest level of government that can do the job well.
I believe that where feasible government functions should be outsourced to commerical businesses (including Faith-based organizations) to perform those functions with a minimum of administrative overhead and in a competitive environment.
The government should not subsidy industry, including the agriculturial, manufacturing, and service industries.
All spending authorizations should separate out the cost of providing the service/product (Adminstrative overhead) from the services provided.
In general, the federal government should not fund local projects.
The President of the United States and the state Governors should have line item veto ability to help them manage a cost-effective government and prevent excessing spending. They should also have the authority to spend less than authorized by their legislatures.
Any organization or individual that deliberately defrauds the governments should be heavily fined and penalized.
Any government employee or official found guilty of corruption should lose all government benefits, including retirement pay, for life.
The government should not fund sports or the arts.
I favor Free Market Medicine with the government assisting the needy.
All Facilities that provide medical care should be required to meet the same standards for the level of care they provide. Abortion facilities should not be exempted from any statewide medical requirements.
No Healthcare should be provided from unethical means, such as vacinations made from aborted children.
"One Size Fits All" fails for healthcare.
The government should support quality low-cost housing, particularly by non-profit organizations.
The government should eliminate the home mortgage income tax deduction which discriminates against the poor and may encourage bad housing decisions.
The government should allow encourage creative housing solutions to allow greater choice among citizens to choose how they will live. "One Size Fits All" fails for housing.
Human life should be respected and protected from conception to natural death.
All forms of abortion, including abortificent contraceptions, should be illegal. Euthanasia should be illegal. The death penalty should be usable only in cases where the individual's living may cause future deaths, such as with major terrorist organization leaders. Harmful research on human beings should be prohibited.
The various issues within the respect for human life are addressed on my 100% prolife webpage.
Politicians that support certain anti-life positions, such as abortion or euthanasia, can not be trusted on any issue and should not be elected or appointed to any office. Government officials who use their government positions to protect abortion or euthanasia providers should be impeached and removed from office.
An Amendment to the United States Constitution is needed clearing defining human life as begining at conception, marriage as being between a man and a woman, and supporting parential (guardian) rights from conception until the age of adulthood.
Education of the general public on the abortificent nature of most contraception is needed. Many people using contraception do not understand that they are or could be killing human lives.
Promote Convenant Marriage as an option for marriage. Convenant marriages should be for life and very hard to dissolve. see my webpage on marriage for further information.
First, immigration laws must be observed by those seeking residency or employment in this country. Thus illegal immigrants should be apprehended, charged as felons and deported. Employers who hire illegal immigrants should be heavily fined. Illegal immigrants should never be given precedence of immigration over those who have abided by the immigration laws.
Second, legal immigration should be expanded to allow more low income workers, particularly from Mexico, to come to this country to work and help support their families in Mexico. Priority should be granted to those applicants who have spouses, children or parents legally residing in the United States. Individuals who have commited felonies in this country should be denied immigration and temporary work permits.
The insurance industry needs to be reformed by regulating or deregulating the following:
"One Size Fits All" fails for insurance.
I desire strict constutionalists as Judges at all levels. Judges should never legislate from the bench by reintrepreting laws to represent their political slants.
The United States Senate should be required to approve or disapprove of all federal judical appointments within 90 days of the President nominating someone for the bench. If the Senate fails to act, the appointment should be consider approved.
There should be some mechanism for citizens to challenge the constitutionality of laws, both state and federal, without having to break them in advance.
Court proceedings should be simplified and more focused on reaching the truth rather then the adversarial process.
Sentences for crimes should include fines (that help pay for the court and investigative costs) and prison cost recovery repaid by a Government Assistance Repayment Tax
Prisons should be non-luxurious with costs for certain services, such as cable, etc.
Corporate Officals should be personally liable for losses to stockholders when they defraud or steal from the corporation for which they work or direct the corporation in defrauding the government.
For troubled (i.e. undisciplined) youths (aged 17-30), the option to sentence them (either directly or as a plea bargain) to military service (of at least two years) should be allowed, with the military branches setting policies on who will they take, proportions of the GI bill should not be available to those serving court-ordered time in the military.
Also for undisciplined youths, provide a half-way house for them to reside at to help them learn self-discipline and how to manage their affairs.
There should be limits on civil ligitations designed to stopped frivilous law suits.
I am strongly in favor the Right to Work (that is allowing individuals to select whether they join a union or not).
Likewise, I also favor competition between labor unions to provide workers for organizations. The lack of competition among labor unions results in jobs exported outside of the United States and the excessive beauracracy in government. Antitrust laws should applied to labor unions.
No individual should be required to financially support political efforts paid for by a union and should be able to get a refund of dues representing political expenditures (including a portion of the common adminstrative costs).
The United States should maintain a strong national defense capable of missions through the world. These missions include countering terrorism throughout the world, protecting the United States from hostile forces, assisting in managing disasters, assisting in enforcing the United States' borders, and helping maintain peace in world troublespots.
The Military may want to consider develop Special Response teams, made up of members for the various services to respond to particular situations of national and international significance. These units should train together and be highly mobile.
Parental rights come from their responsibilities as a parent and include their rights to (1) choose how their children will be raised and educated, what religion they will practice, with whom their children can associate, & how they will discipline their children and (2) use appropriate means to protect their children from harm and care for their physical, mental, spiritual, and social needs. These rights are conditional on the parents properly take care of and safegaurding their children in a non-abusive manner.
Laws need to be established to protect these rights which exists from the conception of the child and go until the child gains adulthood. Any laws that currently exists that violates these rights should be repealed. Current laws that need to be repealed include:
Political Parties and Campaigns
The current duopoly existing for political parties and supported by the laws of most states and the federal government should be replaced to allow multiple political parties and membership of individuals with multiple political parties. A candidate may be chosen to represent more than one political party.
I favor some government funding of elections through a tax on political contributions. Currently, the large elections discriminate against candidate who are poor and are not agents of special interest groups. For President, this needs to include the primary season as well.
Party caucuses should have some means for the home-bound and disabled to participate.
My preference for public transport is to encourage private industry to compete to provide public transport alternatives to highly populated areas.
Public transit should use clean fuels, such as electric or biodiesel.
States should use fuel taxes to pay part of the cost of maintaining highways with local, state, and federal funds providing for the rest based on the nature of the highway.
The government should create an environment where scientific research is done only in an ethical fashion, respecting human life and not abusing animals.
The government may fund long term initial research, but should avoid subsiding corporate product development research.
I favor research in outerspace and deep into the seas, particularly if it leads towards private industry performing research, development, and production in space and the seas.
All medical discoveries that are patented, such be available to be licensed to competitors at reasonable rates.
The current Social Security and Medicare systems need a number of reforms:
I favor the following new taxes:
I favor the following reforms to the tax systems:
I believe that the United States as the strongest world power as a responsibility to the entire world to help counter terrorism wherever it is found.
The United States should retain military forces in Iraq and Afghanistan until their governments can handle their security concerns.
The United States should maintain a strong intelligence network to gather information about terrorism before it happens.
The United States should assist other nations to enable them to better combat and deter terrorism.
The United States should form anti-terrorist training schools and permit representatives from foriegn government to pay to attend.
Governments should encourage competition among electricity, cable, telephone, water, and sewage utilities, moving away from local monopolies.
Laws should be modified to eliminate the favoritivism of governments towards particular utility companies.
Likewise, monopolistic practices that thwart competition should be heavily penalized by the government.
A strategy for recapturing the government from the Culture of Death:
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