My Platform for 2010

Just a quick post to test the waters here. As I’m writing this, the state Board of Elections website is showing Democrat Tom Perriello with about a 600 vote lead over Republican incumbent Virgil Goode in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District race.

The results will be certified on November 24th, and if the margin is less than 1%, the losing candidate can request a recount. I’m quite certain that, with a margin that small, a recount is inevitable.

If Virgil Goode manages to lose his seat in Congress, it will be entirely his fault for not running on the FairTax, especially in the economic “perfect storm” this country is facing. By not informing his constituents of the details of the FairTax, he left that soft underbelly exposed to be exploited by Perriello’s deceitful dagger.

So, while this may seem premature, I have decided to run for the Republican nomination and hopefully become their nominee for the seat in 2010. Call it a trial balloon, if you like, but here is my initial platform for that race. I’d appreciate some feedback on these points, because I think they will appeal to a very broad range of the political spectrum. See if you agree.

#1- The FairTax. In the last 2 weeks of the ‘08 campaign, Tom Perriello launched ads attacking Goode for his co-sponsorship of the FairTax legislation. While disingenuous, they were, nonetheless, effective. Who wants to pay 23% more for everything when their budgets are already strained?

Well, no one, of course! At least not when that is the only caveat. By not letting people in on the fact that the FairTax also eliminates ALL Federal withholding from their paychecks and provides total relief for the tax payable on life’s basic necessities, Perriello has distorted the FairTax into something no one could even imagine supporting. Very clever, but it won’t work with me in the race.

Because I’ve studied the FairTax extensively over the last 6 years, and I (unlike Goode) know how to explain it to people, in sound-bite-sized portions, if necessary. That is why I will make it the centerpiece of my campaign. It will be my mission to bring the facts about the FairTax to 5th District voters between now and November of 2010. Because, once it is explained, Democrats and Republicans alike can’t help but see how much more sense it makes than our current monstrosity of a tax code.

#2- If given the honor of being elected to Congress, I will make it my goal to convince leaders of the other two major parties that our Republic cannot stand much longer under the oppressive weight of the Federal bureaucracy. A 10th Amendment Review Committee is not only advisable, but is quickly becoming a necessity.

So I will work tirelessly to bring a majority of Congressmen over to support establishing a commission of economists, businessmen, and experts on Constitutional Law and public policy to identify areas in which the Federal government has run afoul of the 10th Amendment. There are numerous things that are controlled from the Federal level that were once taken care of (and much more efficiently) at the state and local level.

A return to 10th Amendment restrictions will create more government efficiency, transparency, accountability, and responsibility, both in fiscal and civic arenas. We cannot spend our way out of problems created by massive spending. After all, isn’t doing the same thing, and expecting different results, the definition of insanity?

#3- Marginalize and, ultimately, cripple the influence of lobbyists on Capitol Hill. While the FairTax will effectively derail the influence of those lobbyists whose sole purpose is to game our incomprehensible and corrupt tax code, that process is a lengthy one. Something else must be done, in an immediate and decisive fashion, to set up a roadblock on either end of Gucci Gulch.

I will propose and fight for tough legislation to censure and remove elected officials caught illegally dealing with lobbyists so that scandalous behaviors exhibited by those such as Ted Stevens and Jack Abramoff will never be able to take place again. This corrupting influence has doubled just in the last 8 years, and was an untenable problem even before that. Enough is enough.

#4- I am NOT a lawyer. Lawyers are FAR over-represented in Congress. Well over 40% of House members and over 60% of Senators are lawyers, or have practiced law in the past. In a country that seemed so ready in ‘08 to embrace “change,” how foolish is it to send the same old political class to represent us in D.C.?

Put another way, why do we believe that people who practice law should be entitled, or even allowed, to make laws? This seems a bit counter-intuitive and highly counterproductive to me. Also, in my opinion, this runs a bit contrary to the Constitution’s “Separation of Powers” clause. Just sayin’.

Anyway, there’s my initial rough draft platform. Much more will follow, but for now, let me know what you think.