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2019-10-11 07:00 by Karl Denninger
in Politics , 103 references
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Nice try, but no donut dude....

Mark Sanford, who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, issued dire warnings about the financial future of the U.S.

A former two-term governor of South Carolina who also spent a combined 12 years in Congress, Sanford is making fiscal responsibility in government a central part of his campaign. The deficit is expected to top $24 trillion next year, a rise of $5.9 trillion since 2015, and the growth of spending shows no signs of slowing down.

“I don’t think we have eight to 10 years, that’s why I’m running,” Sanford told FOX Business.

The DEBT is projected to top $24 trillion next year, not the deficit.

But Faux waves hands instead of being precise.  It's all part of the lie.

The other big part of the lie is conflating entitlements.  Social Security is indeed running (and will run, for about 10-15 more years) a cash deficit.  But that cash deficit is manageable with a reasonable set of policy adjustments that do not screw anyone.

Medicare and Medicaid, on the other hand, are running an outrageous cash deficit and there is no way to attack that on the revenue side.  The only way to stop it is to kill -- literally, kill -- the medical monopolists.

We can legally kill them with imprisonment if they won't cut it out (note: what they're doing has been illegal for more than 100 years) or we can kill them the very-illegal way with fire, bullets and similar, but if we don't kill them they will kill us all via the collapse of our economy, our markets, our government and even civil order.

That's not hyperbole or a joke folks -- it's real.

The pattern has been clear since the 1990s.  I found it then and have been alarmed by it since.  I've spent a lot of digital ink and virtually every public presentation and talk I've done since focused on this -- and only this -- issue.  It will destroy this nation and its fiscal capacity if it is not stopped.

Further, if you're in any way dependent on said medical complex it will also kill you if it is not stopped.  Not financially, literally.

Obamacare was sold to the public as a "solution" to this problem.  It was no such thing.  As I pointed out at the time and which has been vindicated in the years since it was the exact opposite -- an attempt to compel you to participate in the looting which advanced and continued apace under that "new" regime.

There is no "tinkering" around the edges that can resolve this because the Federal Government is, at present, running an approximately 25% cash deficit every single year.  Not only must that be eliminated we must run a cash surplus to correct those imbalances and there is exactly one place in the budget where we can do it -- medical care.

There is also exactly one place we can do it -- in cost.  Not in "reimbursement", not in "taxes", not in "reorganizing" how we do things such as with electronic records, cross-state insurance or any such thing.  Health insurance is expensive because health care is expensive.  The only way to make the insurance more-reasonable is to cut the cost -- dramatically -- of underlying goods and services.

Socialist systems always cost more than capitalist ones.  But monopolist systems are the most expensive of all.

This must be stopped -- now -- or this nation fiscally, and likely civilly, dies.

Take this up, Mr. Sanford, and you've got a crack at it.  Yes, I'll meet with you.  It's not that far....

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2019-09-25 08:12 by Karl Denninger
in Politics , 263 references
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Now he's done it.

EXCLUSIVE: A senior Trump administration official told Fox News late Tuesday that the administration will release a document showing the intelligence community inspector general found the whistleblower who leveled an explosive accusation against President Trump concerning his talks with Ukraine had “political bias” in favor of “a rival candidate” of the president.

Further, the alleged "whistleblower" has already been disclosed to have not been on the call -- that is, said person was not an actual witness to the conversation.

In any legal proceeding this would make their "testimony" inadmissible as hearsay.

The bigger problem is that now the Administration and Congress are facing a critical issue with Biden and his son.  This was intentionally ignored by both the media and the current (Obama) Administration at the time -- but it damn well shouldn't be.

Biden's son appears to have as one of his greatest and best capabilities the abuse of drugs, including alcohol and hard drugs.  He was discharged from the Navy after testing positive for cocaine, which has a detection window in the body of somewhere between hours to a couple of days.  He claimed he "didn't know" how the cocaine got in his system -- uh huh, sure he didn't.  Just before the 2016 election he returned a rental car in Arizona that had a crack pipe and a "white powdery substance" in it and left his ID in the vehicle.  He was not charged -- you or I would have been.

There is a long history of apparently-corrupt business dealings connected to Joe and his son -- in Ukraine.  But worse, there is also evidence that Biden and his family have had corrupt transactions with China.

The Ukrainian connection is especially dangerous for Biden and his campaign because if any of it proves up and is connected back to the so-called "Russian influence" in 2016 it won't be Trump that gets snagged, it will be Biden who, if you remember, was VP at the time -- and now we have actual foreign election interference by a sitting VP

There's a suggestion that Trump in some way "broke the law" or "committed an impeachable offense" in poking Ukraine on investigating this corruption.  Nonsense.  You cannot escape a corruption investigation by first doing a corrupt thing and then running for President, thus making you immune from investigation for your prior corrupt acts.  That Pelosi and others have suggested same is beyond outrageous: It's criminal and arguably seditious.

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2019-09-24 08:27 by Karl Denninger
in Politics , 216 references
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Oh this is rich....

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, who is challenging President Trump in the Republican primaries, proclaimed Monday that the president committed treason through his controversial phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky -- adding that the punishment for treason is death.

You mean former Libertarian candidate Bill Weld.

In my association with the Libertarian Party here in Florida I became concerned that they were never really intending to win anything.  After all when you boil it down the entire point of a political party is to elect candidates to office.

One example: During my time on the state party EC the chair at the time got into a pissing match with Florida on Real ID for driver licenses.  He refused to submit when his license came up for renewal and repeatedly taunted the local cops and Sheriff during his public, on-air appearances, basically daring them to arrest him for driving without a valid license.

Eventually, of course, they did.

Once that happened I pointed him at the historical record, which many have documented and arguably one of the better documentations of this record is found here.  Recognizing that he was taking on nearly a hundred years of regulatory scheme, despite its constitutional infirmity, there is nonetheless plenty of precedent harkening back to the first 120 year or so of American history that argues well the premise that for non-commercial purposes, that is, to transport one's person and personal effects one may travel upon the roads using the common means of the day without interference -- which today, means using an automobile.  The counter-argument is that the state's "regulatory scheme" for personal, non-commercial automobile use, including registration, license and insurance requirements, thereby turning the use of said roads in a personal automobile from a right to a privilege is "reasonable" under the policing power.

He decided instead that pursuing the Real ID angle was more productive.  I predicted he'd lose as the predicate of his argument was defective: Once you agree that the State may regulate who, among free persons, may and may not travel upon public roads using the means common to the day you have already lost any argument you can raise that the State may not enforce a requirement that you identify yourself while seeking such a credential in an irrefutable form.

Simply put if the State may regulate who can have a credential to do a given thing as that thing is a privilege, not a right, then the State can require that you positively identify yourself otherwise the entire scheme, which you admit is Constitutional, is a pointless handwaving exercise trivially subject to fraud and abuse.

He proceeded on his chosen path of attack and lost.  Had he won he would have in fact accomplished nothing of substance since the entire regulatory scheme would have remained intact.  Indeed all he would have accomplished is harming the interests of people because the Federal Government had already decided that such credentials, if they existed, would be worthless for boarding aircraft.  In essence he would have turned Florida residents into individuals who now had to acquire a Passport in order to travel domestically by air.  But had the chair taken up the premise of a right to travel upon the public roads using the common conveyances of the day and won an immense and immediate amount of political change and improvement in liberty would have come from it.

By focusing in the wrong place a puerile personal stand was taken and ultimately struck down, with the protagonist retiring from the field of political battle with his tail between his legs.

I also saw repeated other insults of the same sort, including a blanket refusal to focus on the extortion and unlawful monopolist impact of the existing medical system as a means to gain support and votes for Libertarian candidates at both state and federal levels.  Seeing as the Libertarian philosophy claims to have as its foremost principle that initiation of force or fraud is always and everywhere unacceptable this was rather curious.  Why would you not, given such a philosophy, go after those acts on a full-bore basis when they screw people out of three trillion dollars a year, often while they are laying on a gurney unconscious due to suffering a heart attack -- the very definition of someone who cannot give meaningful consent.

Bill Weld was one of these clownfaces.  During Gary Johnson's second try for Libertarian President he talked the party (after I had stuck up my middle finger and left) into accepting him as a VP candidate on the premise that he could, due to his stature, raise tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars for the Presidential campaign.

He won the day with that argument at the convention but it was a critical, even fatal mistake.  Weld went on to praise Hillary Clinton in the days just before the election in 2016 instead of advocating for Gary Johnson -- the very man headlining the ticket on which he appeared!  While I doubt that cost the Libertarian Party the additional 2% it needed to gain federal matching funds and ballot access on a national basis it sure as hell didn't help a damn thing and while the party did raise and spend a hell of a lot more money in 2016 than 2012 what it didn't do is get over the 5% line -- not even close.  Further, there's a fairly clean argument that a lot of Johnson's 2016 votes were in fact from Republicans who were pissed off about Trump getting the nomination.  In any event if 2% of the vote costs $10 million, roughly the delta involved unless you could raise a couple hundred million your odds of impacting the race sufficiently to achieve anything on a policy basis is zero.

Nor are these chops when it comes to money any good today; his current "campaign" to unseat Trump has raised less than a million, all-in thus far and about $180 large of that is self-financed -- in other words, from Weld himself.  

Weld once again claims he can raise the money -- but he hasn't.  He claims he needs $10 million and has access to five in donations, but he's managed to actually acquire much less than one.  The truth is that he probably needs $100 million to have a rational crack at Trump, and the odds of him being able to raise that are non-existent.

Let's not kid around -- Weld is a blowhard jackass.  He and his wife live in a gilded cage of their own design; he's the son of a Wall Street banker, which ought to disqualify him instantly from high political office.  But of course it doesn't.

And now.... he has issued a call for execution of the President.

For treason.

A crime that is very specific and limited in our Constitution, and with damn good reason: Treason is arguably one of the most-abused principles by governments in history.

Indeed Treason is the only criminal offense specifically defined in the Constitution -- in Article 3, Section 1.  There is simply no colorable claim under any read of anything Trump has done or been accused of in regard to Ukraine that meets that definition.  Ukraine is not our enemy as defined by anyone.  Trump has not levied war against the United States.  That's the beginning and end of it.

You could make a colorable claim that Barack Obama, on the other hand, or Hillary Clinton, did indeed commit that crime.  Both took actions that could trivially be attributed to giving aid and comfort to declared enemies of the United States, specifically with regard to Benghazi (but certainly not only in regard to Benghazi.)  Yet even there it's a stretch.

Bill Weld's screed is the product of derangement to the point of having lost all mental connection to reality.

In this regard I have just one response: He should be Red Flagged right here and now with the Storm Troopers showing up to seize any firearms he may have.

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2019-09-22 07:00 by Karl Denninger
in Politics , 251 references
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You have to give Andrew Yang credit for being willing to put forward "UBI" -- a $1,000 a month "stipend" that he foolishly calls a "Freedom Dividend" -- with of course a boat-load of fraudulent claims of how he's going to pay for it.

Chief among these is a 10% VAT -- which sounds good, but it's problematic for a whole host of reasons, not the least of which is that it won't raise enough money.

Remember that a VAT exempts government spending, since that's just taxing yourself.  Yang recognizes this and pegs the revenue from a VAT at $800 billion as he also removes groceries, clothing and apparently some other things from it.

He also says he's going to "consolidate" (get rid of) many other welfare programs.  The problem is that the only ones that matter from a budget perspective are health care related.

At the same time Yang wants to expand Medicare to everyone.  The problem is that these two programs are in direct opposition to each other.  He says he'll be able to bring costs under control but Medicare and Medicaid have utterly failed to do so.

In other words Yang is a pie-in-the-sky Democrat protecting and in fact expanding the medical monopolists.

Look folks -- CMS -- Medicare and Medicaid Services, have spent $1.465 trillion through August which is 35% of the federal spending all-in.  The federal budget deficit during that time was $1.067 trillion.

In other words that spending was 137% of the deficit.

If you killed all the medical monopolists and took the "low hanging fruit" as I described in that post you would erase the entire federal deficit, plus some and not one person would be denied medical care.

Further, you'd take roughly another trillion and a half off private forced spending on this alleged "service" since the "service" is 500% overpriced.

This would instantly resolve both the federal debt and all the state and local pension problems -- at once.  It would also eliminate the destruction of personal purchasing power and that of saved funds.

20% of the people in the country -- those who are involved in and require this scheme to make a living -- would hate you.


In short this is one of those nearly-impossible to find 80% issues among the electorate.  That's exactly what Trump exploited (a claimed 80% issue that he never actually addressed) to get elected himself -- illegal immigration and displacement of American workers.

He was lying, as we now all know in that instead of resolving any of these problems he has dripped out half-measures where, as the head of the Executive he could have resolved several of them immediately but that sales job is why he's President today.

Yang seems to think that socialism will somehow "work" in health care.  It never has -- in health care or anywhere else.  NHS in Britain is falling apart.  So are the other socialist health care systems.  They're falling apart even though they exist almost-entirely on the back of the 500% overcharge Americans pay in that we effectively fund the R&D and in many cases the reproduction cost of everything they use.  Even with that sort of outrageous transfer and theft they're still fiscally underwater.

Yang could have -- and perhaps, for a very short period of time forward still can -- become a credible candidate.  He needs an 80% issue -- indeed, anyone who intends to try to take on Warren, Bernie or Biden does, just as I've argued for decades that if you want to try to run as a third-party candidate you need to as well.

Remember Ross Perot?  He took up an 80% issue -- the giant sucking sound of "tariff free" trade with Mexico.  Had he not folded his tent he would have likely won too.

There are so many other crackpot ideas on Yang's plate that frankly, I can't take him seriously.  The "vote at 16" idea is one of them.  Representation comes with responsibility, or at least it's supposed to.  Yang is nothing more than pandering with this bull**** -- if my kid can vote at 16 I can eject him or her at 16 and they can go fend for themselves.

There are acts that should define you as an adult in all respects.  Reproduction and Felonious conduct are two of them.  Voting is a third.  Today we refuse to recognize that exercising the most-profound power a human can have -- to reproduce or not -- does not come with the responsibility commensurate with that power.  This must change and since slavery is immoral (never mind illegal) there's only one direction it can that is consistent: Pregnancy, for both sexes, is an automatic and irrevocably emancipating event.  So is a felony conviction.

Further, Andrew is a pie-in-the-sky economic bull****ter.  "Saving for retirement", which is one of his planks, is impossible in a nation where the federal government runs a 25%+ fiscal deficit and thus destroys the value of all saved capital.  This has to be stopped -- or those who both promote policies that allow and expand that practice must be removed from the public square by any means necessary.

Fortunately for Andrew there is a way to stop the deficit spending and get the 80% issue and greatly improve health care delivery while slashing cost by 80% or more.

But he hasn't taken it -- just like the rest haven't either.

That's because he doesn't really believe in any of it, just as neither do the others -- including our current President.

Sadly they're all bull****ters and con artists.

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2019-08-30 13:12 by Karl Denninger
in Politics , 1206 references
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Here's what you get if you basically draft me, since I don't fit either the RINO or Communist party profile:

  • Wage, environmental, IP theft, government oppression/subsidy and currency manipulation tariffs.  There will be zero incentive for any entity selling to anyone in America to place manufacturing or anything else (assembly, sourcing, etc) in a foreign nation to try to arbitrage poor people, dump poison in their water, into the air or on their land instead of here, etc.  Each class of goods will have the appropriate tariff calculated on a per-nation basis with no exceptions.  Any nation or firm attempting to circumvent this by cross-shipping or falsifying records will lead to an immediate, 100% embargo of all involved goods with them seized and destroyed on entry.  Again -- no exceptions.  Yes, this includes (but certainly isn't limited to) China, Vietnam, India and Mexico.

  • 100% E-Verify now.  All employers have six months to comply for existing employees, all new hires must have it run.  Liability is personal and cannot be thrown off on a staffing company or other scheme.  All 941s (quarterly withholding filings) must include E-Verify control numbers on them.  Congress will receive a bill on my first day in office to upgrade failure to include same on 941s, hiring or paying people without reporting accurately on same, or any other form of evasion by any means to a criminal felony with 5 years in the slam-slam for each person so not-reported or evaded, served consecutively, with no pleas or reductions allowed along with a $50,000 fine per person, per year who is not reported accurately.  That ends the BS.

  • It shall be the policy of this nation that no free trading relationship nor normal customs and immigration relationship shall exist with any nation that permits either their nationals or foreign nationals to travel through or use their border with our nation for the purpose of unlawful entry into the United States, nor shall such a relationship exist with any nation that suborns or permits its nationals to violate our laws whether in regard to people, goods or services.  Mexico in particular shall cut this crap out or the border will be closed -- period.  The National Emergency required to do this has already been issued by Trump and I will execute on that on my first day in office.  This shall also be applied to China as a consequence of its export of fentanyl and precursors intended for unlawful distribution in the United States.

  • H1b visa sponsors shall be required to pay 200% of the prevailing wage in America.  If there is truly a shortage or is being used to import those who are truly exceptional minds, to the point that we simply can't meet the challenge here, so be it -- the cost of doing so compared to the benefit will be tiny.  If this visa is being abused by corporations a wage suppression artifice, and today it is, that's ending.  Right now.

  • As President my first and foremost duty is to protect the integrity of the United States.  This includes physical security at the US border.  If necessary the military will be deployed to defend same against any and all invaders.  Our military exists for the primary purpose of preventing and repelling any attempted invasion of United States territory.  This is not only Constitutionally permitted it is Constitutionally required of the Commander in Chief.  This does not violate The Posse Comitatus Act; the military will not be there to execute a civilian police action, they will be deployed to prevent and turn back invasion.  If you want to come and apply as an immigrant, whether claiming asylum or otherwise, do it lawfully at a port of entry or US Embassy.

  • 100% enforcement of 15 USC Chapter 1.  Amazon is the poster child in the retail space but hardly the only offender.  The entire medical space will also have this enforced against them.  See my model bill for how to fix it entirely.  Until passed I'll be content to throw lots of hospital executives and virtually every pharma company head in the slam-slam and destroy every one of their firms with ruinous fines.  Yes, as the head of the Executive (law enforcement) I can do that without ANY new laws, and will.

  • 100% legalization and regulation of marijuana immediately by de-scheduling.  The DEA is under the DOJ, and as the head of the Executive I'm their boss.  THC will be de-scheduled immediately.  Period.  In addition a full review of the medical and scientific evidence will be undertaken for every drug currently on said schedule and they shall be adjusted accordingly.  No ifs, ands or buts.  States can do what they wish but on a federal level it's done on Day #1 and I will fire as many people as necessary and replace on an interim basis until it happens.

  • BEA and BLS will be directed to remove all "hedonic" and similar adjustments immediately and permanently.  As they are under the Department of Commerce and Labor, respectively, they too are under the Executive.  Therefore said order will be issued on Day #1.  Inflation numbers shall have all hedonic adjustments removed immediately and on a forward basis, and in addition productivity shall be removed from inflation numbers as well.  That is, inflation is inflation and we're going to stop lying about it.

  • The Fed will either adjust policy to meet its mandate of stable prices over the medium term or I will do whatever I must to destroy and replace it.  Period.  They do not have the privilege of re-writing legislation and "stable" means unchanging, not 2% "doctored and fraudulent" inflation.  Specifically they will control money and credit aggregates to reverse the scam of the false inflation numbers via hedonics and productivity that were unlawfully applied over the last 30+ years.  I understand doing this in a week can't happen, but it will happen and they will run policy commensurate with their Congressional mandate or I will find a way to remove them by whatever means it takes.  Cue President Jackson on this one, if it comes to it; Treasury can be directed to butt**** The Fed under Executive power, that's already obvious and actually not even slightly difficult given the will and I will do so.

  • A National Emergency will be declared on the first day of my Administration relating to the Internet and threat to our Republic that the current abuse of same both foreign and domestic has incurred.  The specific demands for reform will include separation of utility and application functionality with the former being absolutely barred from discrimination in sales of like kind and quantity for any firm with more than $100 million a year in revenue worldwide.  Any firm that refuses will have all foreign transactions blocked in accordance with the 1970s NEA powers and all dollar-denominated transactions and assets frozen.  Further any coordinated action to ban particular political perspectives, points of view or publishers shall bring instant prosecution under 15 USC carrying felony criminal penalties.  I will perp-walk every single major social media, transport, cloud and DNS company executive straight into federal prison if I must. The bullcrap we're dealing with now will stop or the firms doing it will be destroyed with their executives asset-stripped to their underwear.

  • The 2nd Amendment shall be restored.  I shall seek declaratory judgment from the Supreme Court on the fraud in Miller's instance and, once having secured same shall move to have the entire body of existing "gun control", other than actual commerce between states which does remain a federal power, declared void.  In addition the 14th Amendment guarantees incorporation against State Laws on matters of civil rights.  Any state or local government official who disagrees will find themselves in the federal slam-slam facing 18 USC 242 charges.  Until that is accomplished the DOJ shall be directed to ignore that blatantly unconstitutional set of laws and if they or any other federal agency refuses I shall issue pardons to anyone they arrest on any non-violent firearms offense.  If you want to make, own and carry a firearm, suppressor or whatever -- have at it.  If some federal agency cop shows up and tries to bust you the next morning you'll be pardoned.  I don't care if I wear out 1,000 pens signing pardons.  This bull**** will stop -- right now.

  • The 4th Amendment shall be restored.  The entire "policing for profit" revenue share model on civil forfeiture is rankly unconstitutional and the entirety of that program will be scrapped by Executive Order on my first day in office.  Any state, county or local official who continues it beyond that day shall be subject to arrest and indictment by the federal government under 18 USC 242 which explicitly prohibits the violation of Constitutional Rights under color of law or authority.  That is a criminal statute and I will be more than happy to put 50,000 local cops and county sheriffs in the federal slam-slam if I must.  We'll have plenty of room with all the weed violations that will be released.  This crap will stop; if some copshop claims that money or property is the fruit of an illegal act before they can seize and attempt to forfeit it they must obtain a felony criminal conviction on the underlying offense and prove the connection beyond a reasonable doubt.  Period.

  • The Glo-bull warming scam will be stopped dead.  All federally funded research and data, past, present and future shall be declared as public domain.  Mann and his cohorts will be forced to disgorge same or be charged with theft (or destruction, if they try to evade it via tampering) of government property.  Enough.

  • I shall demand of Congress that the current law permitting International Cartels to operate in facial violation of 15 USC Chapter 1 be repealed.  This is an outrage passed in the 1970s in response to the Arab Oil Embargo.  Congress shall be called upon to repeal it on their first day in session.  Period.  Until they do I shall tariff all cartel-controlled products, including oil, sufficiently to make them non-economic for import and sale in the United States.  We can be oil-independent today and until Congress puts a stop to the OPEC rape-job one way or another we shall be.

  • I shall demand of Congress an immediate rescission of (1) all federal funding of student loans and (2) immediate removal of the "privileged" status of such debt on a forward basis from bankruptcy discharge.  All such lending on a forward basis shall be private and shall be subject to the risk of bankruptcy discharge.  This will instantly collapse the cost of college to something you can afford to attend and engage in by working at Starbucks.

  • It shall be the national energy policy of the United States to explore and, if justified, develop LFTR-based nuclear energy, including using coal as the Thorium feedstock, so as to become entirely energy independent through its use and CTL technology within 20 years.  The math and basis for this is found in this post from 2011, or if you prefer in my book Leverage.  This is achievable given the technology of today and we shall do it as a nation so as to never again be able to be held hostage for electricity, transportation or war-fighting fuels.

  • It shall be the foreign policy of the United States that unless (1) an American or (2) a piece of American property, including a flagged vessel, aircraft, embassy or other item is damaged or destroyed it is not a matter for our military.  The United States shall respect the sovereign power of all nations.  However, no nation shall enjoy a free and open trading relationship nor shall the ownership and control of any US property whether physical, intellectual or otherwise be recognized on an equal and unimpaired basis by any of their firms or nationals if said nation does not afford all of its citizens on a substantially equal basis the freedoms guaranteed by the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th Amendments to the US Constitution along with substantially equal rights without regard to sex, race, color and creed.

  • It shall be the goal of my administration to fire half of all Federal Employees within my first term and shrink both the Federal Statute Books and CFRs by 50%.  I think I can do better, but that's the goal for the first 4 years.  We'll see.

  • I shall neither submit or sign any budget that runs a deficit except in a time of declared war and in fact shall sign no budget that does not run a surplus as a percentage of GDP equal to the previous 12 months productivity gain or more if same is positive.  End of discussion, full stop.  Whatever the government wishes to do it will pay for, and all such shall include the room for whatever supplemental appropriations may arise including disasters.  No exceptions.  Disasters are not known in advance but that they happen every year is.  Further the government shall not steal the natural improvement in purchasing power that belongs to the citizens as a consequence of their improvement in productivity either.

  • No, I will not stop using "colorful language" when it is appropriate.  Running a nation is an adult job.  Children do not have a seat at the table -- not because they aren't respected but because the lack the experience, wisdom, impulse control and judgment to be considered an appropriate resource in such matters.  If you're incapable of dealing with adult matters then feel free to go hide in your "safe space" and let the adults do what has to be done -- including, occasionally, erecting a well-earned middle finger.

  • No, I will not publish my tax returns.  The requirements to run for President are in the Constitution.  Tax returns are confidential, period, end of discussion.  Incidentally, so are medical records (HIPPA) so no, I won't be taking any public medical exams either.  However, you're welcome to peruse my running time records in races where I publicly appear and there is a publicly-visible clock, and draw from that whatever conclusions you wish.

To the extent any of this requires Congressional approval I will veto at my discretion every single bill that comes across my desk until the necessary statutes are enacted or repealed.  This specifically includes but is not limited to all spending bills.  In addition to the extent spending is constrained by said vetos I will direct that the first cuts are to all security, maintenance, utility and other facilities and programs that benefit any member of Congress or their staff.  They will either do their damn job or they'll take the brunt of their refusal, unlike Barry Soetero who punished ordinary Americans when Congress didn't do what he wanted.

There's plenty more but this will be a good start for my platform.

I'm available for public debate on any or all of this platform against anyone else who believes they have better ideas and wishes to take the left seat.  As noted, since I'm aware of no party interested in these positions one of them will have to draft me....

As for electors and the state filings for same we'll cross that bridge if there's enough to be worth doing what has to be done to make that happen.

This page is subject to update but no commitment above shall be materially weakened or changed to the detriment of the people of this nation, and if challenged on same I will produce the entire audit log of this page back to the original posting of this message. -- Karl

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