Agenda for America:
Complete Presidential Platform in 5 Points
By Hap Cluff, a Conservative/Libertarian
First Published June 15, 2014 -Updated: August 16, 2018
Jobs - Energy - Infrastructure - Law Reform - Borders
Produce 62 Million New Jobs in U.S. over next 10 Years
Increase LFP (Labor Force Participation) from 63% to 73% Enact FairTax* & Repeal 16th Amendment “Income Tax”
*H.R. 25 & S.18, Fair Tax Act of 2017 - HJR 94 Repeal 16th
U.S. 100% Energy Self-Sufficient
Secure 100 Year Reserve
U.S. #1 Exporter of Refined (not raw) Energy
U.S. Ranked #1 in ICT (Information & Communication Technologies) - Currently U.S. is Ranked 34th in World
1Gb Fiber Optic to Every Home, Business, & Organization
Loser Pays for All Costs of Lawsuits & Enact Liability Limits
Curtail Regulatory Burden & Require Sunset for New Regs
Term Limits for all Elected Officials & all Judges
Zero Illegal Entry - 1st Time a Felony (not misdemeanor) Boost Legal “Guest Workers” by 4 Times
- Foreign born CANNOT displace a U.S. Citizen
Limit Legal Permanent Immigration to 250,000 per year
Visa Holders get Tamper Proof ID’s with electronic tracking
Refugees: provide safe, liveable refuge in their own country
1. Jobs. The meaning of life is to earn your own way. Ten (10) year jobs goal: increase the labor force participation (LFP) from 63% to 73% do it by creating 62 million new jobs (517,000 each & every month). Fact: over $2.8 trillion dollars are held outside our borders by U.S. companies. Why? Income Taxes. Imagine if businesses located within the borders of the U.S. paid zero taxes? That $2.8 trillion (and a lot more) would pour back into the U.S. generating over 28 million new jobs for Americans. We must repeal all “income” based taxes and replace with the FairTax, a 100% revenue neutral tax, based on consumption. Single biggest cost of goods and services (aside from the taxes themselves) is the cost to comply (accounting, tracking) with taxes. This is a 22% wasted cost burden on each and everyone of us, it is eliminated with the FairTax.
2. Energy. Economic solvency and worldwide security are directly connected to the U.S. being 100% energy independent and self-sufficient. By controlling our own energy resources we make our friends strong and our enemies beholden. Carbon fuels are here to stay for at least the next 200 years. We must invent, not tax or subsidize, our way out of using carbon. Nuclear power is the cleanest, most cost effective, non-carbon source for electricity production. Wind and solar farms scar our countryside, kill endangered species, bats, and birds; are not cost effective; they may never exceed more than 6%-9% of total needed capacity.
3. Infrastructure. U.S. must become, and remain, number one (#1) in technology. The information and communication technologies (ICT) “Environment Subindex,” which measures the “friendliness of a country’s regulatory framework in supporting high levels of ICT uptake” ranks U.S. #34 in the world (2013). There is no excuse for the U.S. not being #1. Ten (10) year ICT goal: Deploy 1Gb (1 gigabit -upload) internet fiber optic connectivity to every home, business, and organization (FTTP). The savings in services delivery efficiencies and revenues generated by an ubiquitous 1Gb internet, will not only cover all support and upgrade costs of the FTTP system, it is estimated to be sufficient to pay for all ongoing maintenance and new construction of federal, state, and local physical infrastructure (roads, bridges, tunnels, dams, et.al.).
4. Law Reform. Lawsuit abuse is one of the biggest costs to consumers in U.S. Two reforms: one, “loser pays” if you file a lawsuit and lose you pay all costs (court and defendants); two, limited liability with no-fault payouts (does not apply for criminal neglect). If you think you deserve greater compensation for your injuries or damages than are allowed by the no-fault limits, guess what; get your own insurance. According to NYT Magazine (2016) over $1.9 trillion sits inside the U.S. in “cash” accounts of U.S. businesses. (This is equivalent to 19 million jobs.) Why? Because costs of government regulations and frivolous lawsuits (settled out of court to avoid trial costs) are unknown.
5. Borders. No borders, No country. Nothing matters unless we control our borders. Our leaders must demonstrate zero illegal entry for at least two years. Follow that up with a streamlined and automated legal immigration process. A states’ (not Federal) issued and controlled tamper proof identification and electronic tracking system. Over 40% of current illegal aliens came in legally and “we” have lost track of them. Fact, 90% of visa holders overstay. With an ID tracking system in place and proven to work (for a least two (2) years) then, and only then, create a guest worker program for seasonal employment which is electronically tracked. Foreign born cannot displace a U.S. Citizen. Additionally, up the qualifications for legal permanent resident immigration and reduce the quotas to 250,000 per year. The current 990,000 annual rate (2014) is unsustainable. Fact, H1-B visa meant as a means to attract high value/super skilled workers has turned into a cheap labor source for technology companies and displacing U.S. citizens - this must stop. Example: your house on a hot summer day all the windows and doors are wide open. Would you then run the air conditioner? No. You would close all the doors and windows, make sure that weather stripping was placed around them, and install double pane tinted windows. You would add insulation in the walls and attic and install attic fans. Even put solar panels on the roof. That’s what “build the wall” means.
Executive Briefing Outline
1. Jobs. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, in fact More Jobs than Workers - More Skilled Jobs than Trained Workers; Goal: 73% Labor Force Participation (LFP) Rate by 2028. Vision:Create and maintain more “private sector” skilled jobs within the borders and territories of the U.S. than there are trained workers to fill those jobs. To achieve this goal means one, make locating a business within the borders of the U.S. more attractive and lucrative than in any other country; and second, make sure businesses know this will always be the case. Fact: of all job eligible workers, 59% are either unemployed, on government assistance, or want to work full time, but are not. This is a National disgrace. On top of all that are 1.8 million net new first-time job seekers entering the workforce every year. We must create 62,000,000 new jobs over the next 10 years --6.2 million per year, 517,000 per month (nearly 300,000 per month more than in any month of the last three presidents). Here is how to create a lot of jobs:
a. FairTax - Zero (0.00%) income based taxation, zero corporate taxes. Americans pay an estimated $1 trillion annually in hidden tax-compliance costs, which is equivalent to over 10 million jobs. Individuals and businesses waste 3 billion hours every year preparing tax returns. The Treasury forgoes approximately $450 billion per year in unreported taxes. The single biggest barrier to the economy, especially jobs, is the “income tax,” with its 72,954 pages of codes and rules, and the 97,000 IRS tax enforcers. All other ”tax fixes” pale by comparison, like “rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.” The FairTax would repatriate U.S. companies offshore $2.8 trillion which is equivalent to 28 million jobs. With the FairTax we could attracted international companies to keep their money in the U.S.; just 1% of the world’s $50 trillion GDP is equivalent to 5 million more American jobs.
2). Pass the Fair Tax Act of 2017 -House Resolution 25 (H.R. 25) & Senate Bill 18 (S.18). (S18, HR25, & HJR94)
b. Implement a Balanced Budget Amendment to include Presidential line item veto. Until the budget is balanced government is shut down. NO BUDGET-NO SPENDING -here is what will happen:
1). Elected officials 10% reduced pay. No retroactive pay or adjustments for members of Congress or Executive (White House) or their staffs (they caused the problem, they should suffer the consequences).
2). Federal employees get zero cost of living adjustments (unless it is a reduction), no bonuses, no merit increases, no time-in-grade raises.
3). Federal employees and contractors may be eligible for retroactive partial or full compensation. After budget is balanced and approved.
4). Military (not DoD) and their support contractors continue with full compensation.
c. Accountability of Unemployment -Use BLM U-6 --NOT just U-3 (see Table) as measure for unemployment rates and percentages.
1). Create U-7 through U-12 (see Table) track: new job seekers, ratio of internships to jobs, ratio of government vs. private sector jobs.
2). Private sector jobs grow economy; government jobs detract. Adopt a “net jobs” policy by subtracting out government jobs from private sector jobs.
d. Job Training. Schools should focus on preparing skilled workers, who are ready to work.
1). Colleges refund tuition to graduates who go jobless in their field of study. Fact: 30% of job seekers have college degrees only 20% of jobs require degrees.
2). Secondary, higher, and vocational education must provide paid internships with school credit for every student; working in coordination with local employers.
3). Homeschoolers granted full academic status. May participate in all of their local public school extracurricular programs.
e. School Choice -Issue vouchers so parents can determine their school of choice. Once there are more jobs than workers the competition from outside the U.S. for those jobs will become intense. The way to counter this is with school competition.
2. Energy. Self Sufficiency, 100 Years Reserve, and #1 Worldwide (Refined) Exporter. Vision: Achieve Worldwide Social, Political, and Economic Stability. Energy Goal:Produce and deliver, without subsidizes, U.S. energy and related technology at a lower cost than any other country. With U.S. energy self sufficiency, we could actually enforce economic sanctions on any rogue state or terrorist organization. Because the U.S. could supply our allies with all the energy they need any time. This would allow our friends to never be forced to negotiate with, or be threatened by, the likes of ISIS, Iran, North Korea, Hamas, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, et. al. By all estimates there are at least 1,000 years of affordable and accessible clean carbon based energy. We could use this to first, build a solid economy for the U.S. and our allies, and then, offer these less costly energy resources to non-allies based on condition of human rights and anti-terrorism efforts. Fact: Russia is #1 supplier of energy to China; nothing can go wrong with that, right?
a. Energy Program -Three (3) Components to a secure and pollution free future via affordable efficient raw and refined resources and exports.
1). U.S. 100% self reliant energy: production, supply, refinement, and delivery.
a). Drill offshore inside 25 mile barrier. This relieves natural oil seepage which threatens environmentally sensitive areas. States own this resource and may, or may not, choose to share with others.
b). Expand nuclear energy to maximum, same for fracking and clean coal.
2). Sustainability -100 year plan to achieve sustainability. Americans will invent our way out of carbon use; no need to “penalty” tax our way out.
a). High priority: non-carbon propulsion and power production technology;
b). Low priority: “green” energy resources or conservation -new or renewable.
3). Export energy technology and refined (not raw) energy to the world. Fact, exporting raw energy takes refining jobs from U.S. citizens. Order of export: friends first, next 3rd world, and then biggest polluters.
a). Bring our democratic allies to energy independence and self sufficiency;
b). Offer to non-democratic allies, neutral non-allies, and lastly “enemies” --least cost energy resources (e.g., less than Russia or China can produce it for).
c). Encourage development of low cost means for clean coal conversion. This includes fracking and other energy efficiencies. Provide incentives to inventors to sell technology to China and India by offering expedited processing.
d). Address third world poverty and hunger. Fact: 1.2 billion people live without electricity or running water.
(1). Fuel alcohol (clean burning) for cooking produced on individual family farms; foliage regeneration for water filtration and sewage treatment.
(2). Technology: e.g., PowerPot™ boils water to make electricity for lights and charging batteries.
b. No forced (faux) innovation. Declare a moratorium on funding, subsidies, and tax benefits for all carbon dioxide (CO2) “green house” related anthropogenic (human caused) global warming (AGW) initiatives until proven to be scientifically validated with actual data, not faux science using only computer models, i.e., wind, solar, electric cars, et.al.
3. Infrastructure. U.S. #1 in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) -At all levels of government federal, state, local, and tribal. Vison: Achieve and maintain U.S. as the #1 ICT country by 2028. Create Cabinet level Department of ICT with governance structure, funding, and technology savvy leadership to achieve and maintain #1 ICT status in perpetuity. Assure unfettered internet and outernet access worldwide. Critical communications needs: speed at 1Gb (1 gigabit) upload, security of connectivity, and safety of users. ICT includes transportation which addresses pollution and physical distribution of people, goods, and services.
a. FTTP -Fiber Optic cable to every premise (home, business, and public facility) by 2028. Estimated cost, over 10 years, $3 trillion (FTE 300,000 jobs for 10 years), 5-10 year return on investment (ROI) including sufficient revenue to sustain a state-of-the-art system and ongoing maintenance.
1). Much like streets, sewers, and water system the ownership of FTTP is with city, county, regional, or tribal council (not states, not private sector, not feds).
a). States develop fiber backbone; like state highway system.
b). “Loan-to-Own” program federal and state governments to back state and locally issued revenue bonds.
2). Schools first (public and private, charter, and homeschoolers).
3). Priority for use of newly generated revenues; by local government:
a). Maintain the FTTP system, delivery, and security;
b). Repay loan (est. 20 years) to bond holders and/or state or federal;
c). Build or upgrade local infrastructure: streets, bridges, levees, dams, etc. (capital projects only); provide sustainable life-cycle (build, maintain, replace).
d). Provide technological upgrades for local emergency services and improved municipal services delivery.
b. Key Components of an ubiquitous FTTP System Include:
1). Wireless access point (WAP) at every endpoint (house, building) for public access WiFi;
2). Accommodate communities of interest: to block undesirable content and protect from: predators, criminals, hackers, et.al.
3). Underground all aerial communications and power lines to homes, businesses, other buildings (cost included in FTTP estimate above);
4). Loan repayment from revenues must be 100% dedicated to federal and/or state government’s internal technological infrastructure and process automation. Cannot be diverted to social programs.
c. EMP (electro magnetic pulse) protection of power grid. Cost $10 billion (2015 est.) annual cost to ratepayers under $14 a year. Renovate all existing facilities to protect against physical attacks i.e, by environmental protestors, home grown terrorists, or foreign invasion.
d. Support Outernet’s toaster sized low orbiting satellite free WiFi worldwide system.
e. Human Colony on Mars established and sustainable by 2048; Moon 2038.
f. Build coast to coast vacuum tube transport system by 2038. Evacuated Tube Transport Technologies (ET3, Inc.) claims it can be done for 1/10th the cost of High Speed Rail and 1/4th the cost of a freeway. Travel coast to coast in under one (1) hour.
4. Law Reform. Limits on: Liability, Lawsuits, Insurance, Terms, and Government Regulation - Vision: Legal system that rewards and protects those who do the right thing.One Goal: No one ever has to go to court to get reimbursed for injury or property damage expenses.
a. Limits on Liability, “no fault” payouts, and unlimited personal/private insurance.
1). “Accidental” injury: e.g., life $1 million, eye $100,000 -- If you believe your life, body parts, skills, or property are worth more, then purchase your own insurance.
a). No fault payouts within 30 days. If a person is injured or property is destroyed, regardless of fault, immediate payout for treatment and/or repairs.
b). Liability limits are adjusted annually based on CPI, no legal fees, no administrative fees, not taxed, and paid within 90 days.
c). Auto or highway related should be funded from gasoline consumption tax or electric car mileage fees.
2). No liability limit on “criminal” activity or neglect; or “willful” malpractice.
3). Unlimited Personal/Private Insurance. Individuals may buy all the insurance they want.
b. Limits on Lawsuits, “loser pays” legal system. You file a lawsuit and lose, then you pay all court costs and both yours and the defendant’s legal fees. Current system creates distrust among us to the point that we refrain from saying or doing even the right things for fear of being sued. End out-of-court settlements based on that being the least costly alternative over a trail, even though you know you are in the right.
1). Create Professional Jurors to expedite trial times and taxpayer costs. Only used if agreed to by both parties and one or both pay all costs. Example: jurors with expertise in DNA, medical procedures, finances, corporate law, patents, etc.
2). Medicalize (NOT legalize) all drugs. Mandatory electronic tracking all prescription and “recreational” dispensing. Felony to not track. End doctor shopping.
c. Limits on Health Insurance (NOT health care), Fact: over of 33% of health care costs are for unneeded procedures --no need for government to regulate because loser pays and liability limits/no fault systems will self regulate --see a). and b). above.
1). Catastrophic coverage for all. This addresses costs and programs for the 5% separate and apart from the 95%. Issue: 50% of health care costs are consumed by 5%chronically ill people.
2). Provide government assistance only for people who are “means tested” qualified.
3). Individually Owned Insurance: maintain health insurance in the name of the individual or family; not their employer. Employers may reimburse premiums.
a). Policy cannot be revoked for any health care reason.
b). Purchase insurance policy from anywhere even across state borders.
4). Health savings account (HSA). Keep what you don’t spend and will it to benefactors after death, tax free.
5). Incentive bonus, if you uncover overcharges or fraud you get 10% (tax free) as a reward.
d. Curtail Burdensome Regulations, there was a 13% increase in regulatory burden ($70 billion cost annually) from 2008 to 2012 -Pres. Obama’s 1st term. Noted earlier U.S. businesses are holding over $1.9 trillion in the U.S. in “cash” accounts, as insurance against unknown costs of government regulations. This is equivalent to 19 million jobs; not to mention much higher wages for American workers.
1). Legislators shall be required to review and disclose regulatory consequences of laws prior to voting.
2). Require all federal agencies to get Congressional approval before putting any major regulations into effect.
3). All regulations must have expiration dates (sunset provisions) to prevent out-of-date rules from remaining in force and to compel bureaucrats to ask for renewal of regulations they wish to preserve.
4). Continue Pres. Trump’s EO remove 2 regulations for each new one.
e. Term limits for all elected offices, including both appointed and elected judges. Any judge or politician knowing they will have to go back into their community to make a living will cause them, and especially their financial supporters, to be more consciences of the impact their decisions will have on their respective communities. America is not the place for professional politicians or judges.
5. Borders: Secure Borders, Language, and Culture. Vison: Advisory to the World: “U.S. Foreign Policy: our borders are sovereign, English is our official language, and our culture is to be respected.” This applies within our borders and anywhere U.S. citizens are legally abiding in the world. The United States is the de facto world’s police. Who else? We are the parents, the adults, of the world and we must assume and assert our role as responsible loving parents. NOTE: the statement that we are a “country of immigrants” is not accurate, we are a “country of assimilated immigrants.” Bring your cultural with you, we will celebrated it with you; but we expect you to assimilate to our culture; it is unique this should be why you came. Goal: Eliminate illegal immigration and enhance legal immigration. Border control is about security and safety. Safety from disease (i.e., ebola, tuberculosis) and safety to interdict all types of “terrorist” (drug cartels, radical Islamists, anti-Christian, anti-free enterprise, indigenous terrorist (i.e., gangs), et.al.) Note: drug cartels hire enforcers from indigenous gangs, like MS-13, many are U.S. citizens. Fact: there are over 100,000 illegal immigrant gang members living just in Texas right now.
a. #1 Secure the Border –And Prove it for at Least 2 Years. Zero illegal entry. The real border issue is not about passing laws, building walls or fences, or hiring more border patrol agents. It is trusting that current and future administrations, congresses, and even Supreme Court Justices, will faithfully enforce the laws as written, build and maintain the wall, and allow ICE and border patrol agents to do their jobs.
1). Prevent anyone from crossing any illegal entry point.
2). Make first time illegal entry a felony (currently first time is civil misdemeanor and the second time is felony, which is rarely enforced).
b. #2, provide efficient electronic automated legal immigration process. U.S. Immigration Policy: regardless of anyone’s current plight, so long as they are ‘’...yearning to be free...” come on in to America. We are here for you. All we ask is just get a job, learn the language, obey our laws, and respect our culture –this is American exceptionalism.
1). Applicant Tracking System: Every immigration applicant knows exactly where their application is the process 24/7 online.
2). Reduce current 1 million permanent immigrants a year back to 250,000 per year.
3). Raise current 120,000 H-2 (A&B) guest workers to 500,000, provide legal protection, allow for choice of employers, and include visas for family members. Only with tamper proof ID tracking system.
c. Tamper Proof State’s Issued Identification (ID). NO federal I.D. system. Contract with Visa or American Express to make, manage, and issue.
1). Establish a uniform electronic tracking system consortium with all 50 states and territories (federal government may only access with state permission).
2). Not mandated for those choosing non-access to the “grid” and not engaging in civil disobedience or criminal activity.
d. End birthright citizenship (a.k.a. “anchor baby”) by illegal birth mother; mother must be legally in the U.S. (not a tourist or H-2 A/B visa holder) for a baby born here to be U.S. Citizen.
e. End chain migration (where people can invite everyone they’ve ever known to join them); End lottery (people randomly picked for immigration).
f. U.S. “National Interest” based on Declaration of Independence i.e., unalienable rights. U.S. Constitution is for U.S. citizens. The Declaration is for all mankind. If there is any individual, group, or country being denied life, liberty, of the pursuit of happiness (a.k.a. right to own property) they must know that the people and government of the United States will be there for them.
g. Refugee Policy - first and foremost protect and defend all refugees in place, where they are. They must remain in country to be there to retake control and see to it that disruption never happens again.
1). Leave all refugees in their own country and provided with safe and liveable refuge. Protect and defend their security from enemies and criminals. This is the only possible hope for immediate stability and long term resolution. To relocate refugees to another country is cruel and unusual punishment. Not to mention the potential disruption and risk to the country in which they would be relocated; crime, disease, terrorism, et.al. Fact, 25 million jobs in U.S. already held by foreign born workers. Virtually every new job during the Obama presidency went to foreign born immigrants legal and illegal.
2). No direct government subsidies in U.S. or outside. U.S. government may engage in infrastructure, transportation, or security but shall not provide direct assistance to individuals, families, or groups. Any and all direct assistance shall be provided via charities.
Current (U-1 to U-6) Jobless Assessment Measure
Approved by United Nations (U.N.) International Labour Organization (ILO)
Used by U.S. Bureau of Labor Management (BLM)
Percentage of labor force unemployed 15 weeks or longer.
Percentage of labor force who lost jobs or completed temporary work.
Official unemployment rate per ILO definition.
Looked for work in last 4 weeks.
U-3 + "discouraged workers", or those who have stopped looking for work because current economic conditions make them believe that no work is available for them.
U-4 + other "marginally attached workers", or "loosely attached workers", or those who "would like" and are able to work, but have not looked for work recently.
Looked for work in last 12 months but not last 4 weeks.
U-5 + “part time workers” want to work full time, but cannot due to economic reasons.
Proposed (U-7 to U-12) Jobless Assessment Measure
Do NOT Need (or want) U.N. Approval
U-6 + “new-job seekers”, those who enter job market for first time. New entrants minus those leaving workforce (by choice: retire, death, health, homemaker, other (not fired, laid-off)). Fact: 3.2 million graduate High School and 1.2 million dropout HS every year for total of 4.4 million new-job seekers a year. Workers 65+ who retire, or die, are less than 1.9 million per year. 4.4 minus 1.9 = 2.5 x 73% LFP = 1.8 million net new-job seekers a year (150,000 a month) added to unemployment.
Full disclosure actual % of LFP who need jobs.
“self employed” & LLC, LLP, INC need to be part of LFP %
Track as %
“government jobs” by federal, state, local, tribal (e.g., special districts, schools, regional agencies). Breakout by direct government employee, indirect, or contract employee. Fact: Administration tells us there are fewer federal “employees” intimating that government has shrunk. While there may be fewer direct government employees government is still growing by using contract employees and outsourcing. This measure counts all people working directly and/or indirectly for all government agencies.
Track government jobs as
% of total workforce
“training”, track: vocation, trades, interns, apprentices, student teachers, residency, et. al., number of “seats” needed vs. available slots.
Track ratio of need
“university graduates”, job placement alignment with major field of study. Refund of tuition for graduates not getting jobs in alignment with major field of study or degree. Fact: Less than 20% U.S. jobs require 4 year college degree; universities are graduating 30%. A student may sign a waiver and give up the option for tuition reimbursement and take courses not recommended for jobs needed in real world.
Hold universities accountable for educational relevance
“obsolete jobs”, jobs in decline. Knowing this is essential to assist future-job seekers in selecting jobs that will be there when they graduate. Facts: 1 in 3 jobs replaced with robots by 2025; in the prior 30 year period 9 of 10 telephone operators have been replaced by computers.
Track decline in occupational types