A simpler, more straightforward tax code with lower rates will unleash economic growth. Corporations in the United States pay the highest rate of any in the industrialized world. Decades of special interest lobbying and arbitrary regulating has saddled American families with a complex, cumbersome tax code. Individuals and couples filing jointly should be able to pay their taxes on a postcard. This will require closing loopholes and lowering tax rates for American families. Taxing these steps will encourage investment, create jobs, and put America first.
Repealing Obamacare to unleash medical innovation and patient-centered medicine is a priority. Leaving in place the irresponsible Obama-era law will only continue to drive costs up while reducing consumer choice, and, ultimately wreck the economy. The best and brightest minds and greatest universities are in our country. America can and will lead new advances in medicine by ending arbitrary regulations, such as on residencies for new doctors, and the restrictions on purchasing insurance policies across state lines. Long overdue reforms to medical malpractice laws will put the interests of doctors and patients before those of trial lawyers.
Reining in excessive government spending and paying down the national debt will, along with tax reform and repealing Obamacare, strengthen the economy. The exploding national debt is the most predictable financial calamity in the history of our country. Growing by trillions of dollars a year, this is a ticking time bomb waiting to explode. Politicians and special interests have long colluded to grow the reach of government ever further into the lives of everyday citizens. Instead of addressing the challenges their short-sighting fiscal mismanagement has wrought, Washington elites are content kicking the can down the road. This is not sustainable. Now is the time, with historically low interest rates, to set more responsible fiscal priorities and pay down the debt instead of increasing the burden on future generations of Americans. The window to act is small. Once interest rates increase, the rare opportunity available to service the debt will have disappeared. The time has come to put the interests of future Americans first.
Defending life from conception to natural death is a priority for this campaign. While legislative solutions are challenging on this issue, there are opportunities for real progress, such as stronger support for programs providing alternatives to abortion, making adoptions easier, and supporting strong families. Life is a holistic issue that must be addressed across multiple fields of policy.
The right of individuals to keep and bear arms for home defense, hunting, or sport is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and must be defended. The long, sad history of gun control in our country is mired by racial prejudice, and meant to disempower individual rights. Efforts at gun registration will lead as it has in other countries to confiscation. Possession of semiautomatic weapons, rarely used in crime, must not be prohibited. Gun carry permits, like marriage licenses, should be honored across state lines.
Ending the abuse by politicians of charitable foundations by politicians made profoundly apparent in the last presidential election is important not only to the health of our political system, but our tax code and budgetary priorities as well. No politician should be able to trade donations to a private foundation in exchange for political favors. This has become a common practice and must be addressed through reforms to codes of ethics. Presently, it is much too hard to distinguish legitimate and generous charitable giving from schemes meant to skirt tax obligations and enhance pay for play opportunities.
Curbing the exploitation of students by colleges and universities is essential to the endurance of all concerned. Students are increasingly trapped by a lifetime of debt for degrees diminishing in value over time at institutions beset by bureaucracy and bitterness. Graduation rates have diminished by thirty percent even as costs to students and their families continue to rise. This trend can be reversed by ending the arbitrary secondary market for student loans that allow universities to constantly raise tuition prices without any accountability to those they are meant to serve. It is time to move to a free market lending system for student loans that places a priority on the financial feasibility of a degree while also serving students who wish to learn a trade or forestall earning a degree.
Discrimination in student admissions to higher education institutions must end if American universities truly value intellectual achievement and diverse perspectives. Policies applying quotas against accomplished students because of their ancestry or country of origin is discriminatory. No college or university applying a racial test in selection students to admit should be eligible for federal funds.
Improve primary and secondary education through the promotion of school choice. Parents should have the right to determine where they send their children to school. If a family does not want to send their children to a public school they should be able to apply their tax dollars to send their children to private schools, charter schools or help fund their homeschooling. Public expenditure on K-12 education has grown while education quality has diminished, particularly in urban areas. . This is a system where administrators make hundreds of thousands of dollars per year while teachers are made to just get by. Where families are forced to buy houses in expensive neighborhoods to access the better schools. Providing parents with options on where and how to educate their children will promote accountability in education, and produce better outcomes for students.
Infrastructure modernization is imperative to building a twenty-first century economy for Maryland. Instead of funding projects overseas, American tax dollars should be put to use here at home. Governor Hogan needs an ally in Washington to procure funding for road projects in the western counties, an expansion of 270, and a new bridge over the Potomac to relieve existing traffic congestion.
Research and Development are integral to the economic infrastructure of Maryland. The United States must continue to lead the world in science and technology, and our state can lead the way. Maryland has the institutions for the task, and, with the right leadership in Washington can achieve it. Funding research at Maryland institutions and laboratories through competitive grants while also combatting administrative bloat is the proper way forward. Being the worldwide technological leader is not only a matter of securing our economic future, but securing our national defense against geopolitical threats.
Manufacturing is a long-neglected but important sector of Maryland’s economic infrastructure. While free trade is a priority, so too is the well-being of American producers and production. The United States should withdraw from nonreciprocal trade agreements which allow the taxation of American goods arriving abroad, but not on foreign goods entering our country. Furthermore, more must be done to protect the intellectual property of American companies and citizens against theft.
Domestic Energy Production is a key to curbing dependence on autocratic regimes to meet American needs. The United States is blessed with an abundance of natural resources that can and have strengthened the economy. Unshackling our innovators and producers from burdensome and arbitrary regulations will increase employment and provide new avenues for investment. A key component of this is allowing the people of Western Maryland to exercise their mineral rights. Renewables such as nuclear offer opportunities for further growth, and new power plants utilizing new technology should be brought online. Recent history has reinforced the need to better safeguard American uranium from export to hostile foreign actors.
National Voter ID standards are needed to ensure electoral integrity. There is no reason for counties or cities to have more voters than residents. Voter rolls should be updated, and audited to safeguard against fraud.
Immigration to the United States through legal means should be smoother and less costly for potential new Americans. However, one key reason why people from across the globe come to the United States is our respect for the rule of law. This means ending the abuse of the EB-5 VISA program, and restoring it to its original purpose providing America with talent in the highest skilled sectors. Also, this means opposing amnesty for criminal immigrants unlawfully in the country, and stopping efforts to hinder enforcement. Enacting E-Verify for the employment of immigrant labor and building the wall will ensure the safety and security of all Americans, whether native born or immigrant.