"Kaith Party" Platform for 2004

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Bob Hubbard

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Issues:

Abortion:
Support womans right to abortion.


Drug Policy / War:
- Legalize Marijuana and add "sin" taxes to help fund drug treatment programs and health reform.
- Use increased border patrols and higher inspections to minimize trafficking.


Death Penalty:
- Against


Supreme Court:
- Select Judges committed to law, civil rights, and strengthening the Constitution.


State Fiscal Crisis:
- Encourage States to get "Lean and Mean". Cut the fat and reduce "do-Nothing" patronage jobs.


Economy/Taxes:
- Simplify the existing tax system.
- Explore the idea of a combination flat tax and national sales tax.
- Work to encourage technical trades to use American workers rather than farming out their tech jobs to Asia.
- No tax cuts unless they come from a revised tax code.
- Run government like a business, with tight controls on spending and require justification for expenditures.
- Remove 'Special Interest' controls from the budget process.


Election Reform:
- Strong controls and limits on lobbyists, PACs, and SIGs.
- Denounce "Mud Slinging" and "Smear" politicking.


Education:
- Revamp existing funding structure and encourage private investment into education.
- Tougher standards for teachers and students
- Encourage private sponsorship of technical training


Governmental Growth:
- Return Federal Government to a smaller size
- Become "Lean and Mean"
- Return to a Jeffersonian approach to government.
- Less Government in our lives.


Environment/Energy
- Encourage US Oil Companies to update and modernize their refining capacity.
- No drilling in Arctic Refuge
- Encourage "Clean Air" alternatives such as wind, hydro and solar power, as well as 'fuel cells'.
- Encourage private companies to 'clean up' their local areas. Provide federal funding for water and land reclamation.
- Tighten pollution standards and raise penalties for non-compliance.
- Expand Federal environmental protection coverage in national parks and resources.
- US Independence from Foreign energy imports within 10 years.
- Raise MPG requirements and push for more efficient autos.


Farming / Livestock:
- Expand funding for conservation and smart farming ideas.
- Encourage farmers to plant and export products rather than relying on Federal Subsidies
- Increase the number of Meat inspectors nationwide and raise the quality of our national food supply.


Gay Rights:
- Full Rights for same-gender marriages
- Openly serve in Military
- Ban job discrimination
- Extend hate-crime protections to include.


Guns:
- Do not grant gun makers immunity from lawsuits
- Do not renew Assault Weapon Ban
- Require full background checks at gun shows
- Enforce existing gun laws and prosecute those who lie on background checks
- Homeland Security begins with the 2nd Amendment.


Home Land Security / Immigration:
- Repeal the labeling of US Citizens as enemy combatants.
- Repeal Patriot Act and restore civil liberties.
- Fully Integrate FBI and CIA inside DHS.
- No 'automatic path' to citizenship.
- Tougher 'entry' standards.
- Full patrolling of US Borders by land, air and sea. Create a "Coast Watchers" department to actively monitor coastline.
- Full and complete inspections at US Border crossings, especially the Mexican. Searches for contraband, illegal aliens and safety checks mandatory.
- Fully Fund and Staff the Boarder Patrol.
- Increase crossing capacity to handle added workload.
- Fully Federalize all Airline screeners and use strict enforcement of guidelines.


Health Care:
- Work to reduce drug prices across the board
- Allow small businesses to 'group together' to help lower premiums.
- Fund federal clinic and medical coverage by adding a 'sin' tax to tobacco, alcohol and marijuana.
- Raise standards for veterans care.
- Remove limits on health care. 100% health care coverage for all Americans.
- Remove abuses caused by outrageous markups on services.


Iraq / Afghanistan / Mid East / Military
- Convert US role in Iraq to 'Support'. Work to pull out as soon as humanly possible. Reserve right to withdraw if position becomes a quagmire.
- Return US to non-Preemption Policy.
- Return to Afghanistan to finish the hunt for the 9/11 masterminds
- Use Iraqs increasing income from it's oil production to fund it's own rebuilding.
- Continue to train Iraqis to deal with internal threats.
- Punish war profiteers.
- Denounce Israeli and Palestinian atrocities. Act as mediator to find peaceful options. Reserve right to withdraw if situations sour.
- Continue to fund improvements in technology to protect troops
- Against National Missile Defense.
- Reduce deployments overseas. Use Regular military to strengthen our borders.
- Recruit more regular service members and reduce dependency on National Guard to fight foreign wars.
- Create Civilian Defense Force
- No Draft.
- Curb wasteful spending while investing in new equipment and technology.
- Better pay and benefits for service personnel and their families.


Retirement and Social Security:
- Encourage Private Investment in addition to existing Social Security program.


Trade:
- Require companies moving jobs overseas to give notice.
- Review existing trade agreements and renegotiate those that are excessively unfair to America.
 
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