Words by Liz Coughlin
I plan to uphold the right of every American to keep and bear arms. Even beyond the Constitution, I believe this is a right granted to every law-abiding citizen by default and should not be messed with or restricted in any way. I believe that the gun-wielding criminals we see in the news are outliers, whom the media should blame rather than the entirety of American gun owners. The underlying problem is our broken mental health care system, lacking the appropriate means to prevent violent crimes. Treatment programs need to be expanded, and those who pose a threat to our safety must be removed before they have the chance to wreak havoc. Gun ownership should not be compromised and gun owners are not to blame, for the problem does not lie in the accessibility of guns, but in the destructive nature of these individuals. Stricter gun regulation will do nothing to prevent these tragedies and have not been thought through carefully by Democrats who wish only to impose their political agendas.
My policy regarding immigration reform will focus on three key areas of concern: amnesty, the availability of jobs to Mexicans in our country, and the ease with which they cross borders. As president I would not enable undocumented workers to become citizens. All eleven million illegal immigrants, Mexican or otherwise, must be returned to their home countries, to ensure that jobs are granted only to legal American citizens. To prevent further debt, one major cost burden lying in the incarceration of illegal criminals, we must build a wall at the Mexican border. And because the potential cost of its construction could near billions of dollars, Mexico must pay for the wall. As an additional preventative measure I would triple the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. We can accomplish this by eliminating tax credit payments altogether that illegal immigrants are otherwise able to keep before the government subtracts its share. And we must end birthright citizenship altogether to prevent parents from crossing borders and to stop rewarding them for doing so. However, I would allow for more European immigration, and legal status for students graduating from college.
In a word, my tax reform policy will involve cuts, in accordance with a strictly conservative agenda, though cuts more drastic than the rest of my fellow candidates have proposed. The upper class can expect to receive the majority of these cuts. I would decrease the personal income tax rate from 40% down to 25% for Americans earning more than 150K. Americans earning less than $25K individually or $50K as a couple will not be required to pay any income tax. I propose that we also drastically raise the standard deduction (i.e money kept before taxes are withdrawn) for all taxpayers, to $25K per individual or $50K per married couple. As I see it, hard work deserves generous compensation. Every business regardless of size will pay a maximum income tax of 15%. General tax codes must also be simplified to reduce mistakes in the filing process so that Americans can keep more of the money they’ve earned. We’ll grow the economy despite these massive tax cuts cutting funding in other areas like in the education department and the environmental protection agency so they can keep benefits like Medicare and Social Security.
My plan to make America great again essentially refers back to a time when the government gave back as much as its citizens gave. As a business tycoon I treasure productivity above all else, and would reward Americans for this productivity with benefits, jobs, and VA hospitals, regardless of the potential toll that it would take both on the federal budget and the environment. My policies defy a lot of political philosophy on both ends of the spectrum, but as I’ve outlined them humbly, you can decide which you agree with.