Sunday, February 11, 2007

Sam Brownback: choose the tax system that works for you!

Sam Brownback's recent announcement included a series of initiatives he would pursue as President. There were some standard Republican ideas - no tax increases, use market forces to solve the health care problem, keep God in public institutions, etc. But there were a couple of puzzlers: Apparently, the number one fear in America is getting cancer. Brownback also has a strange proposal to set up two tax systems - the current one and an alternative flat tax. Choose the one you like! How the government manages that is a question left to the reader.
And we need more opportunities—not more taxes. I've never voted for a tax increase, and I certainly will never sign one!

We need a different income tax system altogether. This one, the Internal Revenue Code, should be taken behind the barn and killed with a dull axe.

I propose the creation of an alternative flat tax, which lets the people choose which system works for them.

We need a social security system in which all Americans are given a choice in how to prepare for their retirement; a choice they do not presently have. No one should be required to leave the current system, and everyone must be guaranteed their current level of benefits. Every American should be given this freedom.

Let's put our energies into conquering the number one fear in America…the fear of getting cancer.

We need high quality, affordable health care for everyone. Here, let me step back for a moment. I am a conservative. A conservative that believes in addressing problems, not ignoring them. We must address our health care problems with market-based solutions, not government-run health care. We can…and we must. This topic requires our urgent attention.

We must be energy self reliant in North America in the next fifteen years—at the same time we need to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. This is possible using our ingenuity, resources, and determination.

Also, we need judges who want to be judges…not legislators.

... the last thing we need in America is to take God out of our public lives and institutions! We need to embrace our nation's motto "In God We Trust," not be ashamed of it. Search the record of history. To walk away from the Almighty is to embrace decline for a nation. To embrace Him leads to renewal…for individuals and for nations.

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