1. THE ECONOMY & JOBS IN SOUTHWEST OHIO: 

First off government is not the first place to look for job creation. If you believe government should be the main job creator then vote for Hillary Clinton and non-conservative republican candidates. The private sector creates jobs and government policy can either positively or negatively impact private sector job creation.

This administration and OBAMA-2 (Hillary Clinton) stand for expansion of the government sector; republicans should always champion growing the economy via the private sector. In most cases whatever government can do, the private sector can do better. There is little to no systemic discipline in the government sector that can drive efficiencies that compares favorably to how the free market rewards and penalizes risk-takers engaged in private enterprise. Business owners know the next decision they make could be the difference between failure and success.

For this reason government over-reach, excessive government regulation, massive deficit spending, burdensome high taxes and the ever-expanding size of government all must be reversed at a macro-level in order to jumpstart and maintain consumer confidence and grow our economy. I am committed to reforming government policies and real reductions in the size and scope of the federal government. “Few things could do more for the long term economic stability of America than a true “grand bargain” on deficit reduction, health care cost control, and government spending. Tax reform also wouldn’t hurt.” [1]

The following specifics are proposed:

(1)     Across-the-board federal budget cuts of 35 billion dollars or approximately 1% in year one of my three year budget/tax plan.

(2)     Freeze federal spending in years 2 & 3 at “year-one” budget levels.

(3)     Corporate Tax Rate Lowered from 39% to 22.5%.

(4)     Simplify personal income tax brackets from 7 to 4 and cut rates:

Current rates and brackets go FROM: 10%, 15%, 25%, 28%, 33%, 35%, and 39.6% TO: 9%, 17%, 26% & 32.5% 

(5)     Cut capital gains tax rates across the board and cap the rate for all taxpayers who earn dividends on investments in American companies at 15%.

(6)     Extend federal incentive programs like “Federal Empowerment Zones and “Enterprise Zones” to catalyze urban re-development.

(7)     Incentivize “Insourcing” in America and offer programs to attract companies and business investment to the United States as well as programs to keep companies here. Reward private sector participation and investment in America by helping individual states better themselves through partnerships with the federal government to contrive a unified strategy that competes for jobs and business on a global scale rather than on a state vs state level.

(8)     Affordable Care Act (OBAMA-CARE): two-tracked strategy on this disaster of a law. First support congressional efforts for a “Full Repeal”. Second, simultaneously advocate for strong tax and regulatory reforms to the law to bring immediate relief to our taxpayers, families and businesses.

(9)     Support and advocate for a “Balanced Budget Amendment” to the U.S. Constitution- requiring the federal government to operate under the limits of a balanced budget.

(10)   Support efforts to require independent periodic audits of the Federal Reserve to enhance checks and balance/accountability.

(11)   Support repeal of the “Dodd-Frank Act” and banking regulatory reforms to allow local and regional banks to engage in local commerce more freely and efficiently.

(12)   Reduce the role of government in the home loan business.

(13)   Return education and vocational educational loan making to the private sector so that we can better invest in students and degrees that the economy and businesses demand. Offer grants to students who choose fields of study that are in high demand and have them agree to use their taxpayer subsidized educations in America for a minimum of 5 years.

(14)   Fund infrastructure: roads, bridges, ports and air traffic control systems/airports at responsible levels. Insist on innovative approaches to require “best-practice” strategies so that projects do not become wasteful. Ensure accountability; cut construction, EPA and permit regulatory bottle-necks.

(15)   Expand international trade agreements that make sense. Support fair trade and hold bad-actor countries accountable when agreements are abrogated. Enforce the agreements in place or withdrawal.

(16)   Re-vamp and streamline job training and job-education programs. Nine federal agencies currently run 47 retraining programs at a total cost of $18 billion annually with dismal results. [2] We can do better; efficiencies can be found. De-centralize control of these types of programs by sending grants to individual states so we can gain value and lower cost.

(17)   Continue to drive reforms in the federal government’s role in education. This should be the purview of states and municipalities.

(18)   Oppose laws that seek to increase the numbers of un-skilled foreign workers coming into our state & country. Put more of our own folks to work by demanding welfare reforms that eliminate waste and lead and motivate people to find jobs rather than seek eternal dependency on government assistance programs.

(19)   Energy: Reward companies that invest in American energy and help develop energy here at home with tax and investment incentives. Protecting the environment is a high, worthy calling that government should ensure for the public good but targeting one industry over another with punitive regulations is unreasonable and wrong. The war on coal is excessive and bad for American families and workers. So too is direct subsidies to “green energy” companies that go bankrupt  due to inabilities to compete and win in the marketplace. Let the market pick the winners and losers; not government.

(20)   Cut foreign aid (2016 is estimated at 36 billion dollars) by a significant amount- perhaps 35%. Stop sending foreign aid to certain countries that are marginal allies at best if not adversaries. Re-appropriate these monies for domestic use.

(21)   Support efforts to expand the military “footprint” at bases in the region to include but not limited to WPAFB and the Springfield Air National Guard base. Look for opportunities to attract new operational and support units across all branches of military services as well as DOD contractors. Strengthen those that currently call the Miami Valley home.

Folks we have a spending problem; not a revenue problem. This is a real threat to American prosperity, American security and for future generations of Americans. It is essential that both parties face this challenge “head-on” and for once actually cut federal spending to manageable levels that the country can afford. My three year budget plan allows for modest restraint in the near term and affords three years to contrive a long term plan to develop responsible federal budgets that will reduce our debt burden and return federal spending to affordable, manageable levels. This plan broadens the tax base, cuts tax rates, simplifies the tax-code, eliminates certain tax perks that can entice fraud and rewards “skin in the game”. [3]

Government must decrease so we the people can increase. Business will respond if government can demonstrate self-restraint and pursue pro-economic growth strategies. Targeted incentives and enabling lower levels of government to partner with business will achieve better results than the continued one-size fits all “Big Government” Obama-Clinton plan.

“Of the people, By the people & For the people”
 
Kevin F. White, Lt Col USAF Ret. (Republican)
People for Kevin F. White
1833 N. Dayton-Lakeview Rd.
New Carlisle, OH 45344
(937) 679-8020

www.kevinwhiteforcongress.com