Vote For Eddie [dot] com
Independent candidate for
US House of Representatives
PO BOX 173937
Hialeah, Fl 33017
Social Security & Medicare
Social security and Medicare need a recalibration to face the current economical realities. Older Americans should not bear the brunt of this as they have put so much into the system already and deserve the benefits promised to them.
Leaving Social Security on auto pilot and allowing it to continue to grow beyond its means is no longer an option. Based on current projections, Social Security will be unable to fulfill its obligations in 2033 and Medicare is not too far behind that.
Social Security & Medicare accounted for a combined 41% of the government's budget in 2011 amounting to almost $1.5 trillion dollars. These numbers are expected to rise as more baby boomers collect the benefits of these programs for longer periods of time due to an increased life expectancy.
A new social contract must be struck with the younger generation, my generation. While we still need to pay into the system, the benefits for us in the future will not be as high as the current social security payments being received. Either cuts to benefits or an increase in taxes have been recommended by the powers that be.
I propose a "New Idea"
A trade off is needed: If we can free this generation & future generations from paying the oil companies thousands of dollars a year, that revenue saved can be used to make our own retirement & health care decisions. We would not need to depend as heavily on an already strained government to pay out Social Security or Medicare.
I propose a long term weaning off of Medicare and Social Security by younger generations. Once the Nation Energy Security Act is implemented it would free up hundreds of dollars a month per household, which would allow citizens to have more fiscal control of their financial decisions.
Social Security & Medicare will always be there as a social safety net but should become a smaller part of the overall budget over time as Americans determine their own retirement and health care futures.
Tea Party & Occupy Wall Street
Listing these two movements in the same breath is odd and the idea that they may be able to work toward a common goal borders on the incomprehensible. Nevertheless, I will try to align their interests to do what is best for America through the implementation of my National Energy Security Act (NESA).
I applaud the Tea party for their ability to turn a grass roots movement into a political force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately the Party has chosen to turn its attack towards its own government instead of focusing on the damages being done to us from abroad.
The Original Tea Party was a group of American patriots in 1770's Boston who were fed up with a tax on tea, implemented by an organization: The East India Trading Company.
I believe that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is very much like The East India Company. The tax that OPEC levies on the United States is based on its ability to decrease production or issue embargos against this country (as they have done in the past) costing Americans hundreds of billions of dollars a year.
The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement with its "We are the 99%" slogan rallies against the richest 1% and corporate greed. Instead of focusing its efforts on all of Wall Street, wouldn't it be better to focus on one of the truly evil business models: Oil. Capitalism is not the economic issue that OWS should rally against; it should be the oligopoly of oil.
I believe that the OWS movement and the 99% would be better served by eliminating the worst kind of economical abuses inflicted on this country by the oil industry's manipulation of markets and supplies.
VoteForEddie.Com's National Energy Security Act will be a victory for the Tea Party by removing an unfair "taxation by a foreign entity" while also being a victory for the OWS movement by fighting the corporate greed inflicted on the 99% of Americans by the oil industry.
The first bill that I plan on bringing to the floor of Congress will be The National Energy Security Act, ("NESA"), which will be funded by allotting half of the current 18.4 cents per gallon federal gasoline tax to a renewable energy initiative. Using the funds generated from the allotment, which equal almost one billion dollars per month, I would have experts from all fields of science, energy & technology develop and implement a plan to free our country from a dependence on fossil fuels as quickly as possible.
My plan is non-partisan, it's for the benefit of every American. It encompasses the spirit of nationhood, and of working together towards a common goal of energy independence. In the past when this nation worked toward a common goal we achieved great things not just for this country, but for all of mankind.
Japan dared to "awaken a sleeping giant" with its attack on Pearl Harbor and this nation manufactured its way to victory in WWII.
Later, in a race to beat the Soviet Union, this nation put in a decade's worth of time & resources and succeeded in being the first to put a man on the moon.
This nation has both the manufacturing might and intelligence to wean ourselves off of oil. All that is lacking is the political will.
Together in one voice we can make energy independence a priority by funding it with a tax that we are already paying. We will tell the government where to invest our money for our collective future.
The second bill called the Tax Relief for Emergency services, Armed forces & Teachers ("TREAT") act. The TREAT act will allow our uniformed men and women who put their life on the line everyday to be rewarded by paying less tax. Teachers are educating your children, and police and firemen are risking their lives to protect our citizens yet they are constantly facing salary freezes and budget cutbacks. I propose that as long as they have been in their chosen profession for 5 years they should enjoy a 5% tax break on federal taxes maxing out at 10% for 20 years of service.
Gay & Lesbian Issues
I fully support same sex marriage. I believe responsible adults can enter into whatever loving relationship they so choose and receive the same benefits as any "straight couple" would under the eyes of the law.
That being said most religions define a marriage as a man and a woman. I am not trying to change religion, just protect citizens from being unfairly denied benefits based on a sexual preference.
My primary issue is ending America's addiction to oil through my National Energy Security Act (NESA). This will have a positive effect on lowering the green house gases that are responsible for global warming.
The continued warming of the earth will lead to rising sea levels, flooding, droughts, famines, mass refugee exoduses, resource wars & other unimaginable worldwide disasters.
Just as the stone & iron ages ended with the arrival of better technology and tools, so must the oil age.
VoteForEddie.Com is dedicated to making sure that this country will lead the way out of the oil age while avoiding the apocalyptic consequences of global warming.
"One thing our founding fathers could not foresee... was a nation governed by professional
politicians who have a vested interest in getting reelected. They probably envisioned a fellow
serving a couple of hitches and then looking forward to getting back to the farm."
- Ronald Reagan
I believe that having the same politicians run our country election after election is detrimental to governing effectively. Term limits would improve many of America's most serious political problems by eliminating most incumbent election advantages, ensuring more congressional turnover, securing more independent congressional judgment, and reducing re-election related incentives for wasteful government spending.
Let's face it; many of our lawmakers lose touch with their constituency after too many years in office. And let's consider that perhaps the biggest negative to extremely long careers is the fact that new and fresh ideas are stymied. I believe that government benefits whenever it can get new blood circulating within its institutions.
I support the U.S. Term Limits Amendment as presented by Termlimits.org.
I, pledge that as a member of Congress I will cosponsor and vote for the U.S. Term Limits Amendment of three House terms and two Senate terms and no longer limit.
This will ensure that they get in and work to make a difference in the limited amount of time given instead of trying to pad their bank accounts and re-election coffers as a life time politician.
I believe that having marijuana listed by the DEA as a "Schedule I" drug in the same categories as cocaine, meth and heroin is misguided.
I propose moving it to "Schedule III or IV" and allow the states through the ballot box decide if medical marijuana is appropriate or whether decriminalization is an option.
The states should be allowed to do this without interference from the federal government.
Complete prohibition does not work; we tried it: See the 18th & 21st Amendments.
Stem Cell Research
My grandmother has Parkinson's disease, a horrible disease that she shares with more than a million other Americans; an additional 60,000 new cases are reported every year. Stem cell research offers hope for the future to be able to repair the damage that this disease causes.
My personal reasons aside, stem cells offer the possibility of a renewable source of replacement cells and tissues to treat a myriad of diseases, conditions, and disabilities including Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injury, burns, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis.
Stem cell research offers the possibility of allowing the paralyzed to walk again.
Over 100k people are currently waiting on the organ donor list and an average of 18 people die per day waiting; we can make this a thing of the past.
There are too many benefits to not support this kind of life saving science.