Platform Stances for the
American Volunteer Party
subject to modification or additions as the system warrants.
Concurrent Receipt American Volunteer Party Platform Position
Retired military personnel shall be treated the same as other government
employees and not penalized for being disabled. The disability checks
not be deducted from their military retirement checks.
Military Service Platform
In order to serve two functions we support a
compulsory 2 year military service (subject only to disability or other
disqualifying medical conditions) immediately after high school. The
first function is to offer a permanent solution to the readiness of our
military by solving the recruiting problem. The second function is to
provide a level playing field by paying completely for up to four years of
higher education or trade school (books and tuition) to all enlistees upon
completion of their tour. Also, guaranteed low cost student loans for
the same time period should be made available for cost of living so those
soldiers or sailors who may become married will actually be able to get an
advanced education. So many people have not met their potential because
of starting a family and losing interest because they had to go part time
while they support others. This is a fair entitlement in exchange for
this mandatory service and it will allow our youngsters to mature and get a
little discipline before they have to decide what to do with their lives.
Obviously, this will be optional for females.
If the individual choses not to serve in the military-they must complete the
same time period in the area of a national service agency(i.e. American Red
Cross, Salvation Army, Peace corps, World Health Org, etc.) These must be
nationally recognized agencies that meet the 501,3(c) eligibility requirements
and are not local only, although they may have office, representatives in
Social Security Platform
1. Withhold the same amount.
2. 1/3 to be utilized the same as before, only funds to be placed in
special trust account (interest bearing, federally insured CDs) as opposed to the general revenue
3. 1/3 to be invested in a private mutual fund-to be bid on and
contracted out. 50% of these funds will in guaranteed tax-free municipal
bonds, the other 50% to be invested in Blue chip stocks.
4. 1/3 to be invested in any registered security on either the
American or New York Exchanges, or placed in an IRA, at the complete
discretion of the taxpayer.
5. Benefits should only be available to American citizens or those
legally applying for citizenship.
6. In order to pay for administration of the new system since funds
will not be going into or coming out of the general revenue fund anymore, a
percentage (to be determined by amortization/underwriting experts) of the
money in the accounts of those persons dying prior to retirement will go
into a specific fund for that purose-with the balance going to the
designated beneficiary of decedent.
With these changes, even if the taxpayer's initial investment in #4 above is
totally lost, there will be more than we are now receiving left in the other
2/3, and the taxpayer has a potential for some increased retirement savings
that could drastically improve the lifestyle of millions of retirees.
Immigration should be made more equitable to ALL
countries by creating quotas based on an equal proportion of the originating
country's population, without preferrential treatment to any individual
country. Also, a commission should be formed to study this
country's natural resouce limits and devise a total immigration policy which
is fiscally prudent. By this we mean specifically to determine how many
people this country can reasonably support without jeopardizing our lifestyle.
We do not want to end up in cubicles like the Japanese. Immigration with
sensible limits is good for this nation and always has been. A steady
influx of immigrants stimulates the supply and demand our economy needs for
continued growth. However, this number should be based on sound research
as mentioned above. Our first responsibility is to "our"
Affirmative Action Platform
To establish a sensible compromise between those
for and against affirmative action employment policies we should address the
need for it in the first place. Obviously discrimination does exist and
we have laws to punish those who practice it. In an attempt to
eliminate, as far as possible, the employment practices that facilitate
discrimination, employment applications, for the most part, should not include
a race or sex identifier. The name should be submitted in the form of
initials. For 95% of all jobs there is little or no need for a personal
interview since the necessary information can be garnered from the
qualifications on the application. There will obviously need to be
exceptions for upper management, sales and other positions where people skills
and/or appearance is imperative. For these positions there will still be
the anti-discrimination laws to handle pertinent issues. This eliminates
the greatest need for affirmative action, which should be abolished where it
already is not.
Disability benefits from any public source should
be awarded only to citizens, legal immigrants, and those who have applied for
and are awaiting citizenship (they must FILE an application for citizenship
within five years of entry to be eligible and the disability must not have
occurred before they entered the country) who incur the disability after
entering the country. There are too many people from other countries who
have pre-existing disabilities and are given life-long benefits out of the
taxpayers' pockets. That is plainly unfair for our taxpayers to be
forced to shoulder that burden. If private charities want to perform
that function, they may certainly do so.
1. Place a six month time limit on receipt
of welfare benefits for able-bodied recipients.
2. If recipient is not employed by then,
they must work (real work) on some government program etc., for 40 hours a
week. Alternatively, the recipient may elect to go to a free trade
school for 20 hours a week and work the other 20. Inside desk jobs can
be utilized for partially disabled recipients. There are many severely
disabled people who hold down full-time jobs voluntarily. We have all
seen this-a vocational rehab counselor at the VA had no legs and worked full
3. Establish mandatory jail time of at least
6 months for those convicted of welfare fraud.
4. The Food Stamp program should be changed to
require recipients to go pick up their allotment of actual
food from a government grocery which can be operated
by the above mentioned welfare recipients, and, for that matter, a large
percentage of the food can be grown on government farms which are also
operated by welfare recipients. The management/permanent employees of
both of these systems can be provided (jobs created) by graduates of the trade
school/welfare-to-work program. The current Welfare changes have helped,
but there needs to be much more done to curb fraud. As an attorney I see
way too many cases of welfare fraud in the courts daily.
Due to the almost fifty-fifty split on this issue
it is my proposal that this be placed in the hands of the states.
Approximately half of the states will opt for each solution, or some
permutation thereof. With this approach, if it is an issue that someone
feels strongly about either way, they would at least have the option of moving
to a state which adhered to their preference.
Foreign Aid Platform
Reduce all foreign aid by 75% by giving
significant aid to only those strategic countries (in order to avoid imminent
threat of international instability) considering national security. For
economic development purposes we should rely on tax incentives to American
businesses who are interested in doing business with the respective counties.
It is not our responsibility as taxpayers to bail the world out of their
economic trouble. A ceiling of 25% of the current expenditures will help
eliminate the excuse of "National Security" which is frequently
Term Limits -
United States Congressmen shall be limited to two four year terms. Since
feel we do not need career Congressmen any more than we need a career
President, these limits are reasonable. Since we do not want career
Congressmen, there is no need to provide them with a retirement. Since
their salaries are ample they can be on social security like everyone else.
Also, there must be a limit on their private residence rent, and that shall
be $100,000.00 per year, and shall only be for the time they are in office.
: Additionally, Congressional and Presidential pay raises of any type
must be the SAME as, or less than (on a percentage basis) our military
service personnel pay increases. Also, any Congressional or
pay increases in excess of 5% annually must be voted on by a popular
national referendum on the same ballot with the national elections.
Tax and Education Platform-
should be funded through a flat sales tax with each school given their equal,
per capita funding in order to create a more level playing field, while being
fair to all taxpayers. Those wishing to send their children to private
schools should still be able to do so. This eliminates some people having
to pay a larger share for education through property taxes, while extending a
truly equal education opportunity to all Americans. Social promotions
should be totally eliminated. That practice has helped no one. To
cut the budget and decrease the size of the federal government, we advocate the
elimination of the United States Department of Education. Control of
education can be better managed by the various state Education Departments.
There is redundant administrative expenses that cost the taxpayers billions of
unnecessary money each year. As with all of our stances we remain
completely open to constructive criticism.
Position for Military Health Care :
promised no-cost medical care must be restored to all military personnel to whom
the promise was made. They made a career of the military in reliance on
that promise. Many were wounded in action and precluded from finishing
their career, through no fault of their own. Our party intends on honoring
its promises to those who have sacrificed so much through their service to our
Court of Veterans' Appeals Platform Position for the Party:
The Court of Veterans' Appeals, which has been rife with corruption from its
inception, must be totally eliminated. Veterans who have exhauseted their
administrative remedies shall have a right to bring suit in a regular
Federal District Court. This comports with the notions of equal protection
of the laws as listed in the 5th Amendment to the United States
Services Former Spouses' Protection Act Platform
The American Volunteer
Party will vote for a total repeal to this act so that military
personnel will be treated the same as all other federal employees, thereby
comporting with the "Equal Protection Clause" of the 5th Amendment
to the United States Constitution. This will preclude the need for
lengthy, expensive litigation on this matter.