The Moderate Americans Party Platform
A political party's platform is derived from their basic philosophy, how they view government and how they will govern. A political party's philosophy is based on how they believe a society should be governed. Examples of political philosophy include communism, conservatism, dictatorships, federalism, liberalism, Marxism, socialism, Stalinism, totalitarianism, and many others. The United States Constitution established a government based on federalism, where power is shared between the national, state, and local levels, and the Constitution guarantees a republican form of government at the national and state levels. The Constitution not only created a strong central government, but created a system of checks and balances by establishing three branches of federal government: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial.
The Moderate Americans Party has a centrist philosophy, which is vastly different from the two predominant political parties in the US, the Democrats, who are emphatically liberal, and Republicans, who are unquestionably conservative. We believe that government should make decisions based on what is best for the majority of its citizens, considering the greatest good for the greatest number of people. We believe that the US government exists to provide for the safety and general well being of our people, to protect us from attack, and to provide basic services for Americans.
We believe a pragmatic approach to governing is the best means to ensure non-biased decision making. There are areas of our lives where the government should be responsible to ensure our well being, and there are areas where the government has no right to intrude.
It is only common sense to recognize that the great bulk of Americans, whether Republican or Democrat, face many common problems and agree on a number of basic objectives.
-Dwight D. Eisenhower
Herein we describe the MAP's manifesto; the principles of our Party and the positions and legislation we support and will strive to enact. Each plank is identified specifically, and each position is spoken to directly.
The Moderate Americans Party supports the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States is the case of Roe v. Wade, which was decided January 22, 1973. Furthermore, we support the Court's definition of the "point at which the fetus becomes viable", which the Court defined as being "potentially able to live outside the mother's womb, albeit with artificial aid. Viability is usually placed at about seven months (28 weeks)". However, with the advancement in medical care since the supreme court ruled on this issue, the Moderate Americans Party supports no limitations on abortions up to the point of viability outside the womb as determined by current definition. At this time, that point is 22 weeks. After 22 weeks, we believe that abortion should only be performed if physicians determine that there is a greater than 50% chance of physical injury to the mother.
Since the Supreme Court has ruled on the issue of abortion, there can be no dispute that this is a legal medical procedure. As such, the procedure is available to any woman who wishes to choose that option.
The Moderate Americans Party believes that we do not have any right to force our morals on anyone, nor does anyone have the right to attempt to force their morals on anyone else. We understand that this issue is very personal and we support a woman' right to make these decisions with the advice of her physician and the support of her family.
The Moderate Americans Party does not discriminate in any form based on race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or disability. We not only support the idea of non-discrimination, we also will strive to make the Moderate Americans Party the most diverse organization in the United States, proactively seeking out people to work in our organization and to be candidates for elected office. We believe that our diversity is one of the main factors that make America the greatest country in the history of the Earth, and we will work diligently to advance diversity not only in the US, but throughout the world.
The Moderate Americans Party supports equal opportunity laws to ensure that discrimination practices are outlawed and where violations are found, charges are brought against those involved in discrimination and they are fined and/or tried for their offenses.
The Moderate Americans Party is against affirmative action laws or any law that leads to the possibility of quotas for any group, for any reason. We believe that every job must have minimum requirements for the position, and that everyone meeting the minimum qualifications continue through the process and remain a candidate for the position.
Crime & Punishment
Annually, one out of every four families in the United States is victimized by crime. The types of crimes and reasons for these crimes are varied and often connected. After prohibition was instituted, the murder rate in the US rose by more than two-thirds, nearly 70%. After prohibition was repealed the murder rate fell to its previous level.
Today, a correlation can be drawn between crime and drug use. Estimated crime rates that are attributed to drugs include 25% of auto thefts, 40% of robberies and assaults, and 50% of burglaries and larcenies. Prohibiting drugs puts you, your loved ones, and your property at risk. Also, nearly half of all police resources are devoted to stopping drug trafficking. The Moderate Americans Party believes that legalizing marijuana will help decrease crime rates, empty our overcrowded prisons (thereby lowering the costs to taxpayers), and allow more police resources to be used to reduce or prevent violent crime.
Reducing prison overcrowding would have another benefit to the safety and security of Americans: keeping violent criminals in prison. Currently, fewer than 25% of violent offenders serves more than four years of their sentences, putting more violent criminals on the streets while non-violent offenders are being housed in prisons. Early release of violent criminals puts American families at risk.
The Moderate Americans Party believes that only violent criminals, those who commit crimes against children, and habitual offenders should be housed in prisons. For non-violent criminals, we support work release and house arrest programs and, for crimes against individuals we would require those on work release to provide restitution to their victims. In regards to work release, we believe that a program should be developed to assist those in prison to help re-introduce them into society, for perhaps the last one to two years of their incarceration.
We believe that programs can be implemented where prison inmates can become more self-supportive. Farming, dairies, greenhouses, etc., can be run by prisoners, that would provide them the food necessary to sustain them, and would give them skills for use after prison and give them a sense of self worth.
The Moderate Americans Party does not believe that the American public should pay to provide luxuries for prisoners. Televisions, audio/video devices, weigh equipment, etc., should not be provided from taxpayer funds. We are not against inmates having this equipment and would not deny prisoners access to those items if they were provided by friends and family, or donated.
We support tougher sentences for people convicted of DUI, whether they were impaired by alcohol, drugs (illegal or prescription), or any other substance. Fines and suspension of driving licenses do not prevent someone from driving. We favor instituting a program using technology that would not allow someone whose license has been suspended from operating a vehicle.
The Moderate Americans Party believes that anyone convicted has the right to one appeal and to have their case heard in a higher level court. We believe that the appeals process should be concluded within one year, and that only capital punishment cases should be heard at further levels. We also believe that all first offenders should be given the opportunity to be rehabilitated.
In any case where the accused enters a plea of guilty, no contest, or in any other way admits guilt to the crime of which they are accused, we believe there should be no trial, expedited sentencing, and no appeals whatsoever.
For repeat and habitual offenders of violent crime and crimes against children, we support the death penalty. However, for capital punishment sentences, we would change the verbiage from "within a reasonable doubt" to "with irrefutable evidence, without any doubt". Furthermore, with speedier trials and appeals, we believe that sentences upheld throughout the appeals process should be carried out expeditiously.
Our nation's future is dependent upon our children leading us when it is their time to replace us in the workplace. They must have the best possible education to prepare them for the responsibilities they will inherit from us. The Moderate Americans Party believes that paying for our children's education, and thereby securing our nation's future, is the responsibility of all Americans. Therefore, we would provide for all educational expenses for every child until the age of twenty. These educational expenses would include pre-school and pre-K, kindergarten through high school, college and/or university, as well as technical and trade schools.
The Moderate Americans Party believes that by providing the best possible education for our children, we will secure our nation's future for every generation. To that end, we would research every curriculum for every grade level to identify those that have proven to be the most effective as demonstrated though national testing, and requiring those curricula be used at the each grade level throughout the country, providing consistency in material and approach. We would require pre-testing of all students, in all grades, to get baseline data on all. Once the best curriculum has been instituted and annual testing has been completed after the curriculum has been used for one full school year, we would require a comparison of test scores throughout the country to determine if there are any deficiencies that are identifiable, and institute changes as necessary.
The Moderate Americans Party believes that parents are the key to their children's education. Parents have the single greatest impact on their children's interest in school, ensuring that their children go to school, do the homework assigned, and contact the school/teacher when they have questions. However, teachers must be held accountable and communicate with parents and the school's administrative system when they have children who are not meeting the basic, minimum requirements in the classroom.
The Moderate Americans Party believes that we should explore every possible option for energy sources. Whether the source is wind, solar, nuclear, clean coal, natural gas, geothermal, hydroelectric, wave and tidal sources, or any other energy source of power for commercial, industrial, or residential energy, or ethanol, hydrogen, propane, electrical, or any other source of energy for powering vehicles, the future for power throughout our country and the world must decrease the need for oil.
Windmills, solar panels, nuclear plants, geothermal systems, and clean coal plants are proven technologies. While windmills and solar panels make sense in particular areas that can take advantage of these technologies in relation to their environment, clean coal, geothermal systems, and nuclear plants are a real option anywhere in our country.
For automotive uses, hybrid and electric vehicle technologies continue to advance, and ethanol is an alternative. For future vehicles, propane, natural gas, and hydrogen technologies progress is encouraging. Additionally, there are engineers who are developing systems to run vehicles more efficiently, where V-8 engines are getting over 100 mpg by increasing the efficiency of the vehicle, and other engineers that are running their vehicles on hydrogen, using water as their fuel source.
The future of energy in America and throughout the world is very promising, which will have the added effect of being better for our planet.
The Moderate Americans Party believes that our foreign policy has a direct correlation with our national security and our economy, as well as the security and economy of many other countries. As such, we feel that our relations with other nations must be paramount among our priorities. The United States falls under particular scrutiny throughout the world because we are the world's leader in so many aspects.
First, we believe that foreign aid must be gradually reduced until we have weaned those nations off of our aid and they are capable of sustaining themselves without need of aid from other nations. The U.S. spends approximately $14 billion per year on foreign aid. Evidence demonstrates that this aid has typically slowed development of those nations receiving aid and is counterproductive to their becoming self-sufficient. In fact, foreign aid has shown to be detrimental to countries' advancement both economically and on human rights issues. Our only aid should be in the form of agricultural, educational, and medicinal assistance.
Foreign aid has a widespread record of fraud, waste, and abuse. Often the aid is stolen by corrupt regimes. Even when aid reaches its intended recipients, the result of that aid have the opposite effect and generally keeps entire nations dependent. Any assistance we provide should help those who receive our aid to become self-sufficient.
The Moderate Americans Party believes that our relationship with other nations plays a significant role in our national security, and therefore we believe that fostering positive relationships is of the utmost importance. Cooperation with other nations on economic development, human rights issues, addressing regional disputes, and many more issues, develops an environment of trust with one another and advances progress.
The Moderate Americans Party supports our military men and women completely, and believes that our sovereignty as a nation has been sustained due primarily to the efforts and sacrifices of our brave men and women. We believe that the interaction of our citizens, military and civilian, with citizens of other nations has a great impact on how people of other nations view us and our country. Having a military presence throughout the world benefits the United States immeasurably.
However, we are against our military being used as the world's police force. We believe that any decision for any military forces to be present in any country should be made in full United Nations assembly, have overwhelming support from the member nations, be made up equally of troops from countries outside the region of the country being occupied, and be funded equally from all UN members. We would not agree to anything less.
The Moderate Americans Party believes that our government's primary focus should be governing America. We believe, at present, the United States focuses more on foreign affairs than is necessary for the protection of America's sovereignty and her well-being. Therefore, we would return our attentions to our country and our issues and spend less time, effort, and resources on foreign issues. We must first get our house in order.
We believe in campaign finance reform, and support a publicly funded system with donation limitations where each candidate would receive the same amount of funding for staff, operating expenses, and advertising budgets. We support participation in debates for all candidates, so that Americans have more exposure to each candidate and the opportunity to hear their stances and viewpoints on all the issues.
The Moderate Americans Party supports term limits, but not for all of our elected officials. We believe that all of our state and local elected officials, as well as our US Representatives and Senators, should have limits to how many times they can be re-elected, and therefore, limits to the length of time they can remain in office. We believe that too many Representatives and Senators gain far more influence and power due to the long time they remain in office and are repeatedly re-elected. They are elected to office and re-elected by the people of their state and districts often because they use their political influence to get tax dollars for projects in their state or district, sometimes disproportionate to the population and tax revenue of their state or district. Also, lobbyists and special interest groups are able to influence politicians to vote for or against certain laws and measures when those politicians have the political clout to sway others votes.
Additionally, we believe that the US House of Representatives has grown too large, is encumbered by its size, and has become inefficient. We would lower the number of Representatives by increasing the number of residents each represents from the current level of approximately 693,000 to 1 million. This would cut the representatives from the current number of 435 to 301, a reduction of over 30%.
The only two elected officials that we believe should not be limited to the number of times they can be re-elected and remain in office are the President and Vice-President of the United States. Our main reason is that these two positions are the only elected officials who gain office from nation-wide voting, and therefore must be re-elected through nation-wide voting. The President and Vice-President must consider the well-being of all Americans when making decisions, and not only a single state or district as the Representatives and Senators do. Additionally, a Representative or Senator is able to gain other employment upon leaving office, where the President and Vice-President should not be expected to have to work after holding their office.
Our system would cripple the lobbyists and special interest groups, removing their influence from our elected officials and the influence and power some of our current elected official hold over others. An added benefit is that our elected officials would be paid lower salaries, and along with the term limits would be a corresponding elimination of full-pay, un-taxed retirement. The lower salaries and elimination of retirement pay and benefits would help decrease the tax burden for all Americans.
The Moderate Americans Party believes that our election system needs to be the most secure, efficient system available, to ensure that each vote is counted and that they are counted correctly, so that there is no question to validity of each outcome. We support a computer-based system for determining voting districts, so that after each census the party in power does not have the opportunity to stack the deck in their favor.
The Moderate Americans Party believes in smaller government. We believe that as many current government agencies and government jobs that can be privatized, should be privatized. However, the government must have proper oversight to ensure the services being replaced are adequate.
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." Bill of Rights Article Four, the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.
The Moderate Americans Party believes that the purpose of this amendment was to ensure that our young nation could defend itself against foreign invaders. We believe it is important to recognize that The Bill of Rights was completed in 1789 and ratified by the States in 1791, when the United States of America was still in its infancy. As such, our nation faced the possibility of war and attack from other nations, and the need for its citizens to be armed to resist invasion from another country was crucial. Our standing military at the time of this amendment was limited in both personnel and weaponry (guns, ammunition, ships, artillery, etc.), and thus there was a real threat to our sovereignty.
Additionally, the framers of this amendment could not foresee the weaponry and technological advancements to what is available in today's world. When this amendment was developed, flintlocks and rifled barreling were state of the art weapons.
However, we believe firmly in personal responsibility. As such, we do not believe any limitations should be put upon law-abiding citizens. There are many reasons for personal gun ownership: Hunting, Personal Protection, Sport, Collecting, Historical Preservation, etc. We support any restrictions on illegitimate uses of firearms that do not unreasonably infringe on legitimate uses.
The Moderate Americans Party believes that we, as a people united in our great nation, have a responsibility to the health and welfare of our citizens. We believe that our responsibility to our citizens should be prioritized in the following order:
1. Our children.
2. Those who are unable to care for themselves.
3. Our retired and elderly.
The future of our nation is tied directly and irrevocably to our children. The Moderate Americans Party believes that all costs related to our children's health and welfare from a medical and educational perspective are the responsibility of all citizens, and that these costs be covered until the age of twenty. These costs would include all medical expenses, particularly preventive medicine, and educational expenses, including physical education. Children's healthcare is mostly preventative and generally inexpensive, and preventative treatment helps keep illnesses from becoming more serious, more expensive, for a longer period of time. Thus, preventative care keeps us healthier and saves cost over time.
The Moderate Americans Party believes that our nation and its citizens have a responsibility to help those who cannot help themselves due to physical or mental limitation or disability. We believe that it is our responsibility to provide aid, whether through personnel and facilities or direct aid for those services, to those who are unable to provide for themselves and do not have people who can care for them or provide for their care.
Lastly, the Moderate Americans Party believes that we have a responsibility to ensure the health of those who have contributed throughout their lives to the vitality of our nation. We would provide for all medical expenses of our citizens age seventy and older.
By focusing on preventing illness and the physical education of our children, we will grow healthier adults who will be thereby lead more productive working lives and be healthier in their retirement years. Within just a couple of generations, a few decades, our citizenry will lead healthier and happier lives, and the overall costs to our nation will decrease.
During our working years, starting at about age twenty and continuing up to seventy in some cases, businesses and their workforces would be responsible for the healthcare coverage for employees, their significant others, and dependents over the age of twenty.
The Moderate Americans Party believes that any working person who wishes to provide healthcare coverage to their partner or significant other, and to their working age dependents who do not otherwise have coverage, and who are willing to pay the premiums and deductibles associated with the coverage, should be allowed to do so. We believe everyone should be afforded the opportunity to provide coverage for their loved ones. Additionally, there is no reason why health coverage should not be available across state lines.
To accomplish these goals, the business community and workforce have to be in full partnership with the government. Together, we can provide a better future for all Americans, and enhance the health and vitality of our nation and its citizens.
The United States is a country that came into existence through immigration. We have grown and prospered through our varied backgrounds and the experience, knowledge, skill, and hard work of people who came here from throughout the world.
The Moderate Americans Party believes that immigrants today bring more of these traits and enrich our nation.
But our immigration system has been broken for a very long time. Illegal immigration weakens our nation in many ways, not only to US citizens but also to those who are here illegally. Illegal immigrants are most often underpaid as compared to US citizens, and the businesses that employ them often do not pay the taxes that other businesses pay to the government for the employees. Additionally, illegal immigrants do not pay income taxes. Many often do not drive legally or have insurance, and live in poor conditions. We cannot allow illegal immigrants to be exploited or to exploit the US. Our policy must be based on what is best for America and her people.
The Moderate Americans Party believes that many of the illegal immigrants would be good citizens and should be allowed to remain in our country, if they are willing to assimilate themselves into our society in all respects. We believe that by welcoming those who are here illegally to apply for residency which leads to citizenship, we will improve our nation as a whole.
Additionally, we believe that those who are here illegally, who conduct illegal business, and who are a drain on our nation's resources, should be deported immediately and never allowed to return.
This policy would be more efficient and cost effective than attempting to identify and deport every illegal alien.
The first step is to secure our borders. It would be folly to attempt to assimilate into the American society those illegal aliens already here when the stream of illegal immigration still flows steadily into our country. We would utilize our military forces, both active and reserve, in concert with and under the direction of the Department of Homeland Security and the US Border Control Agency, to stop the flow of illegal immigrants. This would include not only our land borders, but also the sea ports and any other path that brings people here illegally.
Once our borders are secure and the flow of illegal immigrants has been stemmed, we would identify those who are here illegally and systematically process them to either remain here as legal residents, if they are working and abiding by our laws, or deport them if they are conducting illegal business, involved in criminal activities, or who are in prison having been convicted of criminal activity.
For those who are abiding by our laws and trying to assimilate themselves into our society, we would provide the necessary documentation that allows them to remain here until they obtain citizenship. Additionally, we would ensure that they are paying their fair share through taxation for the services that they enjoy.
We would also institute a policy that every child born in the US must have at least one biological parent who is a US citizen. Citizenship should not be granted solely on being born on US soil: a child born to two people who are not US citizens is not automatically granted US citizenship.
Americans are generous people who welcome immigrants to our country with open arms. We ask very little in return. Come to us legally, be responsible citizens, abide by our laws, and learn our language. Anyone given temporary permission to remain in the US, who is convicted of criminal activity prior to obtaining citizenship, would be deported immediately without the opportunity to return.
We must also ensure that our business community conducts themselves properly and abides by all immigration and employment laws. Any business who is found to have knowingly hired illegal aliens or, once hired, determines that the employee is here illegally, and fails to act accordingly, would be assessed a substantial fine.
The Moderate Americans Party believes that everyone has right to respect and support their heritage. However, their allegiance must be to the US.
In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilated himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality as everyone else, because it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or background, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every aspect an American, and nothing but an American...there can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag...we have room for but on language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty, and that is a loyalty to the American people.
President Theodore Roosevelt 1907
The issues that affect our national security are broad and varied. While we do not face any real threat to our sovereignty through invasion by another country, the United States faces many issues and concerns that are crucial to our security. Energy, immigration, jobs and the economy are all related to the security of our nation.
First, the Moderate Americans Party believes that having the greatest military in the world in the best deterrent to war on our soil, and we support maintaining a strong presence throughout the world. However, we do not believe that the United States should be the world's police force. The Moderate Americans Party believes that any decision relating to having a presence in a sovereign nation should be decided in full United Nations assembly, and have overwhelming support. In any event where it is determined a necessity to have UN forces present in any nation, we believe that the forces be made up from countries outside the region, that the forces be under joint control of nations determined by the UN, and that the cost for maintaining those forces be divided equally amongst all UN nations.
Other issues related to national security (energy, immigration, economy, etc.) are discussed in their respective sections.
The health and vitality of our nation is inextricably tied to our economy and, more precisely, to the workers and jobs in the United States. We have to not only keep the high paying, skilled jobs that we now have, but we need to bring back those jobs we have lost overseas, and most importantly, we must grow new high paying jobs in new industries and through new technologies.
The Moderate Americans Party believes that we need to make it easier for American companies to do business in America, putting Americans to work. We need to institute policies that provide incentives to companies to move manufacturing back to the US.
To accomplish this goal, we will need to ensure that we have Fair Trade, not just free trade. We need to address every trade agreement in place and renegotiate their terms, focusing on what is in America's best interest, whether to continue agreements, adjusting those agreements to ensure they are fair, or dissolving the current relationship.
In addition to fair trade, American workers and businesses must agree on fair wages and labor agreements, where neither side can hold the other hostage and where the likelihood of losing more jobs overseas is reduced, if not eliminated. Agreements to compensate individuals based on the training and skills required to perform a particular job, and experience gained through longevity, must be adequate and reasonable. Additionally, jobs where no special training or skills are required to perform the work and where little to no experience is necessary, should be compensated accordingly. There also must be job security and benefits to ensure a strong, stable workforce, to include retirement security.
We view business as vehicles of growth, not just generators of profits for shareholders. Free enterprise and the entrepreneurial spirit must be encouraged and nurtured, with the freedom to innovate and be creative, developing new industries and providing for the creation of new jobs.
We must ensure that our economy provides for the health and welfare of our workforce, and our businesses.
The Moderate Americans Party supports our military men and women fully and completely. We understand the sacrifices they endure voluntarily each and every day, as they put their country above themselves. From the extreme environments and working conditions to the family separation, these brave uniformed personnel give their all for the betterment of all. With all that our military personnel sacrifice for America, we believe that we should relieve them of some of their burdens.
Military pay is obtained exclusively from tax dollars, which means that military personnel partially pay their own salaries. The Moderate Americans Party believes that all military pay and retirement pay should be tax free and will work diligently toward accomplishing that goal.
When a Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine volunteers to serve their country for 20 years or more, making their service a career, we believe they should be guaranteed the best medical care we can provide for the rest of their lives. The Moderate Americans Party would expand and advance the capabilities of the Veteran's Administration hospitals to ensure that our wounded warriors receive care with the same level of loyalty that they have shown as career military members.
We believe that all Americans are indebted to the men and women who protect us through military service, and the Moderate Americans Party will ensure that we repay that debt.
The US needs to recruit, train, and maintain a strong, well-equipped, well-prepared military. However, the size of our military need not remain at its current strength. We must assess our military needs and retain a force sufficient to protect the United States and its territories, as well as provide assistance to our allies and those who request our assistance in times of emergency. While this may lead to a decrease in the size of our standing military force, it may very well mean that we must increase our military forces.
The Moderate Americans Party believes our military should only be used for defensive and humanitarian reasons.
There is no debate that humans have had an impact on our planet. There is much research which shows the level of carbon dioxide deposits have increased dramatically since we have become an industrialized world. We must work diligently to reduce and eventually eliminate carbon emissions. The advancement of technologies for fueling automobiles, power plants, factories, and all facilities that emit gaseous byproducts into the Earth's atmosphere must be accelerated so that we can more rapidly reverse the negative effects our presence on the planet has caused.
However, man's impact is not the only issue with our planet's climate change. We must continue to research the environmental history of our planet and have open discussions with scientists and experts on both sides of the global climate change debate to ensure that we have the best, most current information, in order to make the decisions necessary for the protection of our planet and future on our species. This includes research and discussion on the Earth's natural cycle, its polar tilt, angle, and position relative to the Sun, the Earth's wobble, and the Sun itself, and how these factors affect the Earth's environment.
We would require mandatory recycling to the fullest extent in every community. We must recognize that our planet will remain, but it may not remain habitable by man unless we take every precaution to safeguard our environment.
Science and Technology
The Moderate Americans Party believes that scientific and technological advancements for the betterment of human beings and our planet should be supported to the maximum extent possible. We support new technology for clean coal power plants, wind and solar power generating technologies, nuclear power, hydrogen and fuel cell advancements, embryonic stem cell research, and other similar science and technology.
We also believe that in order for us to maintain our technological superiority in the world, we must give our children the best education possible. In order to improve our standing in the world in regards to educational ranking, The Moderate Americans Party would place more emphasis on math and science throughout our schools. Improving our children's education is the most crucial step to ensure our future.
We must also ensure that all decisions made are non-partisan and without influence from any source. To achieve this goal, the Moderate Americans Party would create panels of experts for specific sciences and/or technologies who would develop priority lists. These lists would be worked in order of the priority determined by the experts, without exception, to ensure that partisan politics and influence play no part in the process whatsoever.
The Moderate Americans Party believes that scientific debate should take place among scientists, and that the role of policy makers is to take account of the risks and opportunities that those scientific debates reveal.
We all understand that taxes are necessary for our government to operate. However, the purpose of those taxes should be focused on the basic tenets required of our government as spelled out in our constitution. Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution states "The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States". Section 8 lists 18 additional powers of the congress, six of which are directly related to the common defense. The size of government has grown too large and a number of the functions that our taxes now pay for we believe are outside the basic tenets of our Constitution. Additionally, the current system for collecting taxes is broken.
In order to determine how much in taxes needs to be collected from American citizens and businesses, we must first determine the basic services the federal government is responsible to provide. Once we have identified those services, all services currently provided by the federal government which are over and above those basic tenets must be systematically eliminated. After those have been eliminated, we must ensure that the remaining services are operating at optimum efficiency and effectiveness, reducing the burden of taxes.
The Moderate Americans Party believes that a flat tax is the most fair system to ensure equality of tax burden on all Americans. When the basic services provided by the federal government are identified and streamlined, then a flat tax percentage can be determined, ensuring that all expenses are covered, and providing for a minimum surplus of funds.