JOHN ANDERSON CONTRACT WITH THE CITIZENS OF THE OHIO 10TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
I, John D. Anderson, as a Republican Party candidate for election to the U.S. House of Representatives from the 10th Ohio congressional district in 2012, do hereby pledge and affirm that if I am elected as your next Congressman, I will formally commit to the pursuit and implementation of the following detailed policy positions without exception or purpose of evasion. I swear this as an oath upon the altar of God Almighty and upon my sacred honor. I offer this detailed agenda to facilitate national renewal, revival, and restoration of the American way of life, individual freedom, and economic prosperity and to alter the current course of national financial suicide we are currently following. Federal spending must be substantially cut immediately to stave off national bankruptcy. Our national debt and unfunded federal liabilities are out of control. The incumbent Republican congressman Mike Turner running for this seat has done absolutely nothing to address this pending catastrophe, is part of the problem, and must be replaced. This detailed agenda is also offered to help restore our country’s place in history as a divinely inspired nation, and to realize the dream of transforming America into the “Ultimate Shining City on a Hill” as an example for the rest of the world. I also offer to treat this commitment as if it were a formal contract with the citizens of the 10th District of Ohio which I shall regard as legally binding if I’m elected to Congress.
(1). Implementation and passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which shall require the federal government to balance expenditures with revenues on an annual basis. The amendment will limit the total amount of revenue collected by the federal government on an annual basis to no more than 18 percent of America’s annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Recent American tax history has shown that the average amount of revenues collected by the federal government does not exceed 18 percent of GDP on an annual basis regardless of the current tax rate or structure. Expenditures by the federal government which exceeds 18 percent of GDP on an annual basis will therefore in most cases result in a federal budget deficit which I find unacceptable.
(2). Implementation and passage of a Term Limits Amendment to the U.S. Constitution for members of the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Senate limiting House member to no more than 3 two year terms, and 2 four year terms for U.S. Senate members. We must replace career politicians with citizen legislators. I will not plan to serve more than 3 terms if elected as your next Congressman.
(3). Implementation and passage of the Fair Tax Act, H.R. 25, which would concurrently repeal the federal income tax amendment, eliminate all business, personal income, and capital gains taxes; it will replace them with a national sales/consumption tax that all Americans would be subject to. This would also eliminate the current unworkable, inefficient, wasteful and destructive U.S. Federal Tax Code. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) would also be eliminated with the passage of the Fair Tax Act. This will result in an economic explosion and create millions of new American jobs which will raise the standard of living for all Americans!!! It will also broaden and flatten the U.S. federal tax base and require all Americans to participate. Americans would only be taxed on their purchases of new goods and services, and would decide when and on what items they will pay taxes on, not federal politicians in Washington, D.C. Taxes will be eliminated on income and production and replaced with a national consumption tax for everyone which most economists agree is the fairest tax of all. Business capital from all over the world would be reinvested into the United States and most of the millions of jobs outsourced over the last 10 years would return to the United States.
(4). Passage of legislation that would make members of the U.S House and Senate subject to the same laws and regulations that all other Americans must comply with. This would include legislation that would make members of the U.S. House and Senate subject to the same insider trading laws that all other Americans are subject to. Congressmen should not use their high office to personally profit and become wealthy.
(5). Pursue the implementation of an independent audit of Congress (by a nonpartisan agency) to identify fraud, waste, and abuse of federal taxpayer funds across the federal government. I will sponsor legislation to eliminate such fraud, waste, and abuse in the future thereafter. I will further sponsor a weekly Congressional special order presentation entitled “Anderson’s Spending Outrage of the Week” until I leave Congress.
(6). Support implementation and passage of legislation to conduct a complete comprehensive audit of the Federal Reserve and all of its transactions since 1913. I will support legislation to eventually phase out and eliminate the Federal Reserve as the manager of America’s monetary system. Management control of the nation’s monetary system should be transferred back to Congress as originally intended by America’s Founding Fathers. In the interim period, I will support implementation and passage of legislation forbidding the Federal Reserve from initiating loans or the arbitrary secret creation of funds to bail out foreign nations, corporations, banks, or multi-national organizations that are on the verge of bankruptcy or have gone bankrupt without the specific approval of the Congress, Senate, and the President. I will also sponsor legislation to retrieve and recover all Federal Reserve fund transfers to known and/or unknown domestic and foreign recipients that have not been authorized/approved by the Congress since I deem all such transactions unconstitutional.
(7). I will oppose any legislation or treaties that restricts or attempts to restrict or infringe upon the Second Amendment Rights of innocent Americans to bear arms for their own protection, and that of their families, friends, neighbors, and associates!
(8). I will vote to immediately repeal Obama Care upon my election to Congress and will oppose any/all future attempts to establish a national health care system run or managed by the federal government. I favor restoring a totally free-market health care system. Individuals should retain the authority to determine the level of care they require, the level of care they can afford, the level and type of health insurance they want, the doctors they prefer, and the medications/treatments they want, as well as having full control over end-of-life decisions for themselves.
I believe that tax deductions for setting up private medical savings accounts are an attractive option for Americans when coupled with basic catastrophic health insurance coverage. I do not believe that the federal government has the authority to force individuals to buy health insurance under our Constitution.
I will insist that health insurance sales be legalized nationally across state lines to increase competition among the insurance companies. I concur that individuals have the right to band together in groups to negotiate the best health care rates with the insurance companies. I agree that tort reform is very critical to reducing costs for health care and believes that the government’s current system is laden with fraud, waste, and abuse requiring urgent legislative reforms. I do not agree that there is a one-size-fits-all health care solution for all Americans, and believes it should be mandatory for insurance companies to offer competitive insurance policies for sale to individuals based on the individual’s own health insurance requirements as specified by each American for themselves and their families. Individual Americans should be free to draw from a broad menu of available health care insurance service options that can be packaged together and sold in a competitive environment, as required to maintain maximum American health care and consumer flexibility, based on affordability.
(9). I will support the passage and implementation of fair trade agreements that will not result in the exportation of American manufacturing and middle class jobs to third world and slave labor countries controlled by corrupt, crackpot dictators, Communist, Socialist, or autocratic governments where human rights, equitable wages, and safe/sanitary working conditions are nonexistent or unsatisfactory. I will insist that the President of the United States pursue the elimination of all foreign tariffs by other nations on American products, goods, and services which would stimulate the creation of thousands of jobs for the American people. Tariffs by foreign countries on American product have resulted in the loss of thousands of U.S. jobs. The United States has removed tariffs on imported goods from other nations but there has not been reciprocal action from many foreign nations. Equity in our trade relationships with other nations must be restored. Communist China remains the chief offender recently imposing an additional outrageous tariff on American manufactured automobiles. I will support repeal of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Most Favorite Nation (MFN) trade status for Communist China since these agreements have resulted in the exportation of millions of American jobs and have not achieved their original objectives. I will oppose any/all so called free trade agreements that are “covers” for the exportation of American jobs by multi-national corporations.
(10). I will support a renewed emphasis on the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to restore the rights and responsibilities of our states under our federal system of government. There is a distinctive division of Constitutional authority between the federal government and the states that needs to be restored. Under the Constitution, federal responsibilities are “few and defined.” I will judiciously support the phased transfer of responsibilities usurped by the federal government back to the states. We must move the center of gravity of power from Washington, DC to the state capitols. Unless a responsibility is assigned specifically to the federal government by the Constitution, it is the responsibility of the states and the people, respectively.
(11). I support the maintenance of a strong national defense and a military second to none, to defend the United States against all potential and actual aggressors, attacks, and national security threats from abroad. American military force should only be used to defend the United States and its allies from attack based on our approved treaties. I will not support the deployment of the U.S. military into foreign wars unless total military victory is the objective and all of our troops possess the required logistics support/resources to win the war as quickly as possible with minimal casualties and loss of life. I will not support deployments of our military into foreign conflicts if restrictive, politically correct rules of engagement are unwisely imposed on our armed forces, specifically, those rules of engagement which will grant sanctuaries and unfair battlefield tactical and strategic advantages to America’s enemies. I believe that it is too costly to defend foreign borders without defending our own borders first. I will not support the deployment of American military troops into NO WIN Wars that do not have clear achievable military objectives. I believe it is unconstitutional for America to assume the role of world policeman. Such policies must be terminated immediately since we can no longer afford them. I will support the reduction and elimination of unnecessary American military bases around the world that have no effect on America’s national security. Savings from such base reductions could be used to procure new advanced weapon systems needed for U.S. national defense in a time of reduced available national financial resources. Returning military forces from closed bases should be placed on our own borders to defend the United States. I will not support long term American military combat action anywhere in the world without a formal declaration of war which is required by the Constitution. I will not support additional wars financed through federal deficit spending or Federal Reserve expansion of the money supply to pay for them.
(12). I will support the establishment of performance metrics and objectives for every constitutional federal program and agency on an annual basis, measure the success or failure in meeting those objectives and metrics on an annual basis, and revise and/or cancel programs and reform/eliminate agencies accordingly. I will vote to terminate all federal programs and agencies that are not authorized by the U.S. Constitution.
(13). Implementation and passage of a Line Item Veto Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting the President of the United States the legal authority to veto any/all spending line items in federal spending/appropriations bills approved or passed by the U.S. House and Senate requiring a two third votes of both chambers to override Presidential line item vetoes in each instance. Almost all of America’s Governors possess this power at the state level, and I believe it would be a powerful executive tool to control federal spending.
(14). I will support passage of legislation that would terminate the current retirement system for new members of Congress elected in 2012, and require the inclusion of newly elected members of Congress into the nation’s Social Security program. I also pledge that I will not accept a Congressional pension if elected, and will sponsor legislation to terminate life time pensions for newly elected members of Congress and the Senate beginning in 2012. I will also support legislation banning ex-members of Congress and the Senate along with their staff members (for life) from becoming paid lobbyists after they leave office.
(15). I will support legislation that will implement zero base-line budgeting for Congress on an annual basis.
(16). I will support legislation to end all foreign aid financed by the U.S. Taxpayer. All humanitarian aid to foreign nations should be assumed by private, charitable, or religious institutions and be provided directly to the recipients and not through their intermediary governments which are often run by corrupt, crackpot dictators and embezzlers preventing the aid from actually reaching the intended recipients.
(17). I will never support the passage of legislation under any circumstances providing American taxpayer bailouts or subsidies to U.S. corporations or banks, unions, special interests, foreign governments, foreign banking/financial institutions, multi-national corporations or international organizations such as the World Bank. I will also vote to defund American financing of the United Nations and its corrupt operations that are not in the interests of the United States.
(18). I will insist that the President enforce all laws regardless of political affiliation or preference since he is the nation’s chief law enforcement officer. This will include the enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws designed to prevent the entry of criminals and terrorists, those with dangerous communicable diseases, and those who would become dependent wards of the federal government and the American taxpayer. I will insist that the President of the United States take all measures to secure our borders and ports to eliminate the entry of illegal immigrants. I do not believe that immigration can be reformed without first gaining control of our nation’s borders and ports. I will never support any form of amnesty for illegal immigrants.
(19). I will support the elimination of all federal laws, rules, controls, and regulations that are designed to limit the exploration, discovery, development, production, and refinement of abundant American energy resources. America has an abundance of national gas, oil, and other resources, that if developed and produced, would result in American energy independence. This will create hundreds of thousands of new jobs for Americans, reduce the cost of energy for all of our citizens, and eliminate the risk of foreign governments cutting off our access to precious energy resources. I will support the elimination of federal government controls on energy development and production, allowing American companies the freedom to explore, develop, and produce energy alternatives that otherwise, may never be brought to the public due to lobbyist-influenced, federal government controls. This should apply to all forms of energy including petroleum, wind, solar, nuclear, coal, and green technologies. Oversight of energy development and production should be transferred to state and local governments. Private enterprise must be incentivized via contractual requirements to minimize and eliminate environmental pollution that may result from such energy development and production. The individual states should enact whatever legislation they deem necessary to implement these objectives. American energy independence would also enable our country to avoid participation in unnecessary wars and military conflicts around the globe which are not in our national interest.
(20). I will never vote for the use of federal funds to pay for abortions under any circumstances. I will never vote to allocate federal funds to organizations that either perform or promote abortion. I will always vote to protect innocent human life, and I will never vote for any legislation authorizing or approving euthanasia.
(21). I believe that the size of the federal government is out of control. The General Accounting Office (GAO) recently estimated that over half of the total federal workforce is performing functions that could be performed by the commercial sector. I agree that the federal work force should be studied to determine which of these federal functions could be more cost effectively performed by American commercial contractors.
(22). I believe that schools should be managed locally to ensure accountability and parental involvement. The authority of parents to determine the education of their children without interference from the government is critical. I agree that parents should have control of and responsibility for all funds expended for their children’s education. I support the use of local vouchers to allow parents the flexibility to choose the best schools for their children irrespective of location. The introduction of competition is essential to reform of our educational system. I believe that education is the responsibility of the parents and the state/local school systems, not the federal government. I would vote for the immediate abolition of the federal Department of Education which has failed the American people.
(23). I will never propose or offer support for federal expenditures for projects that are earmarked for the 10th congressional district, and will support legislation to eliminate earmarks from any and all bills. I will urge other members of Congress to also reject the use of earmarks and to vote against them. I will remind all of my congressional colleagues that their primary duty is to support and uphold the U.S. Constitution, not to bring home “bacon” to their constituents. I will propose or offer support for the elimination of unnecessary federal regulations that negatively impact the effective operation of the free market and private business.
(24). I promise not to vote for any bill that I have not read or for any measure that would increase the national debt or violate the U.S. Constitution.
(25). Last but not least, if elected, I further affirm that I will not personally profit from my service in Congress. To demonstrate this personal commitment, I will voluntarily establish a public financial oversight committee (consisting of clergy, general public, financial accountant, and press/media members) to meet semi-annually to review and verify that I am not profiting from my position in Congress. I will voluntarily release all of my personal income records/receipts to the committee upon request to support this commitment.
With a firm reliance on the protection and guidance of Almighty God, I publicly pledge and swear to fully implement this “Contract with the citizens of the Ohio 10th District” if elected as your next Congressman.
Affixed by my public signature on this date, January 13, 2012.
John D. Anderson
Republican Candidate for Congress, Ohio 10th Congressional District.