Work in progress. Proposal: 2012 platform in part 1 - Eliminate the complex income tax system entirely for individuals. Doing this will remove all the 'loop holes', 'tax credits' and 'unfair advantages' across the board. 2 - Institute a Federal Sales Tax rate of 20%. The following would be exempt: - services. - raw food - medicine - baby care, including clothing, diapers, formula and food. - Necessary utilities. These would be gas, electric, water, heat oil, propane, land line telephones. Revenues under this system would be 5% greater than under the existing system, serve the purpose of putting extra money in every American's paychecks, allow "the poor" more immediate cash while safeguarding necessities remain affordable. It also puts more of a tax burden on those who spend the most on luxury items such as high end cars or giant tvs. 3 - Eliminate all "death taxes" allowing Americans to pass on their wealth to family. The current system is abused, and serves to limit lower income American's abilities to pass on the fruits of their labors to their children. While the system as is is well intended, it is broken and needs to be eliminated. 4 - Create a Federal Hospital System to work as a national base-care system to provide low and no cost base and emergency care to all citizens. This is not a replacement for the current system, but a complete overhaul. Existing private insurance would be able to continue, however it would restructure to provide more high-end care. The FHS would be staffed by doctors, nurses and technicians who work a standard 40 hour week at a fair wage for 10 years, in return for free school and training, and a salary while they train. After their time-in is served, they are free to stay or go into private practice. 5 - Social Security restructuring. Money paid into the system would remain in the system, put in escrow for the future. No more dipping into it allowed. Past IOU's are to be paid back into the system, with reasonable interest. This would result in the current system becoming quite solvent. 6 - Border Security The Southern Border would be immediately strengthened, with additional agents deployed to combat intrusion. They would be augmented by active duty military and National Guard units as needed, with unmanned drones patrolling much of the border. Hostiles will be met with overwhelming force. Civilians will be given all reasonable humanitarian aid, and returned speedily to their respective embassies. 7 - Revamp Education To create the future, one must dream. We must encourage people to dream again, while balancing that with the tools to live. People must be allowed to be creative, and trained in entrepreneurial concepts. 8 - Make Medical Care Affordable #4 covers some of the problem, but not all. - Hospitals must be audited to ensure that billing is accurate. Errors in billing cost Americans Billions of dollars in over payments each year. - Medicaid and Medicare must be revamped. There is an estimated 60% fraud in the system, stealing aid from both the tax payers and Americans who need the help the most. Fraud must be punished, freeing funding to go where it is most needed. - Drug companies enjoy a monopoly on drugs for years, and can extend that by making miner tweaks. This loophole must be closed, and generics allowed on the market. 9 - The redefinition of Corporations as people should be reversed. 10 - Return the election of Senators to the States and re balance the power in the Federal Government 11 - The Lobbyist system needs to be rethought. Campaign contributions from lobby groups should be eliminated, the ability of a government servent to become a lobbyist and vice versa should also be restricted, with no GS allowed to become a lobbyist for at least 1 year after leaving office. This "No Conflict Clause" is similar to Non-Compete Clauses in use in business today. 12 - The Federal Budget should be gone through line by line with serious attention to fat, and trimmed back to reasonable levels. 13 - Marriage Rights Recognize all couples legally joined under the laws of their home state as "married" and extend to them all benefits and obligations accordingly, regardless of gender, orientation, race, or creed. This gives Federal recognition for civil purposes to all legally married couples, while allowing States to decide the issue for themselves, as well as allowing religions to do the same. 14 - Medical Overhaul (extends #4 and #8) Raise Medicaid tax rate and remove income cap. Expand existing system to include more people. Raise income level restrictions so that anyone under $20k is 100% covered, with a graduated system topping out at $64,000 (the half-way point in the tax system). Add additional fraud prevention measures. End result: More people covered, funds raised withing existing system to cover it, no huge bureaucracy created. If you qualify, you're covered. Walk into any medical place that takes it, show the card, fill our the usual paperwork, get treated, and go home. Can also be applied to Medicare.