ERNEST J. TAYLOR
On The Issues
Get to know the man behind the movement, his life, what he stands for, and what his plans are for our country!
- End career politicians
- Congress was meant to be a citizen legislature. Our representatives were supposed to go to Washington, serve for a short time, then return to live under the laws they made. This vision has been lost.
- Congress is now a haven for career politicians who put their own power, perks and privileges ahead of public service. Even worse, they are impossible to unseat thanks to cozy connections with lobbyists and special interests.
- This broken system needs repair. U.S. Term Limits is fighting to call a convention under Article V of the Constitution to propose an amendment for Term Limits on the U.S. House and Senate. If we do not act now, we may never be able to bring back government of, by and for the people.
- The Founding Fathers of the United States, The Framers, created the constitution in 1787. Life expectancy in the America of 1787 is about 38 years for a white male. It is very improbable the Framers expected federal judges to live 40.5 years longer to the age 78.5 years old (current life expectancy).
- 10-year terms would ensure that federal judges would not lose all touch with reality through decades of ivory tower existence.
- Article III of the Constitution states:
Level the playing field: reduce the share of direct payments received above $60,000 per farm and to limit payments at $100,000 per farm with avenues to ensure a fair distribution of payments.
Decriminalization of minor drug use. No arrests, only fines that can be waived by attending therapy.
- U.S. Department of Agriculture spent at least $80 billion on meat and dairy in 2020.
- Yet, meat and dairy producers accrue yearly retail sales of around $250 billion.
- End broadcasting networks power to elect a candidate by giving more time to their favorite candidate.
- The equal-time rule specifies that U.S. radio and television broadcast stations must provide an equivalent opportunity to any opposing political candidates who request it. This means, for example, that if a station gives a given amount of time to a candidate in prime time, it must do the same for another candidate who requests it, at the same price if applicable.
- We need Section 230 reforms that impose accountability on social media sites. It doesn’t have to be a complete elimination of the legal liability shield that insulates large tech platforms from lawsuits, but well-constructed guardrails that protect Americans from exhortations of violence and outright hate speech.
- The FCC is prohibited by law from engaging in censorship or infringing on First Amendment rights of the press. It is, however, illegal for broadcasters to intentionally distort the news, and the FCC may act on complaints if there is documented evidence of such behavior from persons with direct personal knowledge.
- Plant-based meat lowers some cardiovascular risk factors compared with red meat, study finds
- As far as sodium, calories and fat content is concerned, the plant-based meats don’t fare much better than regular meat. That being said, however, choosing a plant-based diet over a meat-based diet can cut down your risk of heart disease, cancer and type-2 diabetes.
- This would apply to fast food companies, not traditional restaurants.
It would be easier than you might think. Ernest agrees with Andrew Yang's proposal of funding the Freedom Dividend by consolidating some welfare programs and implementing a Value Added Tax of 10 percent. Current welfare and social program beneficiaries would be given a choice between their current benefits or $1,000 cash unconditionally – most would prefer cash with no restriction.
A Value Added Tax (VAT) is a tax on the production of goods or services a business produces. It is a fair tax and it makes it much harder for large corporations, who are experts at hiding profits and income, to avoid paying their fair share. A VAT is nothing new. 160 out of 193 countries in the world already have a Value Added Tax or something similar, including all of Europe which has an average VAT of 20 percent.
The means to pay for the basic income will come from four sources:
1. Current spending: We currently spend between $500 and $600 billion a year on welfare programs, food stamps, disability and the like. This reduces the cost of the Freedom Dividend because people already receiving benefits would have a choice between keeping their current benefits and the $1,000, and would not receive both.
Additionally, we currently spend over 1 trillion dollars on health care, incarceration, homelessness services and the like. We would save $100 – 200+ billion as people would be able to take better care of themselves and avoid the emergency room, jail, and the street and would generally be more functional. The Freedom Dividend would pay for itself by helping people avoid our institutions, which is when our costs shoot up. Some studies have shown that $1 to a poor parent will result in as much as $7 in cost-savings and economic growth.
2. A VAT: Our economy is now incredibly vast at $19 trillion, up $4 trillion in the last 10 years alone. A VAT at half the European level would generate $800 billion in new revenue. A VAT will become more and more important as technology improves because you cannot collect income tax from robots or software.
3. New revenue: Putting money into the hands of American consumers would grow the economy. The Roosevelt Institute projected that the economy will grow by approximately $2.5 trillion and create 4.6 million new jobs. This would generate approximately $800 – 900 billion in new revenue from economic growth.
4. Taxes on top earners and pollution: By removing the Social Security cap, implementing a financial transactions tax, and ending the favorable tax treatment for capital gains/carried interest, we can decrease financial speculation while also funding the Freedom Dividend. We can add to that a carbon fee that will be partially dedicated to funding the Freedom Dividend, making up the remaining balance required to cover the cost of this program.
Yes, In this case Ernest believes ageism in congress benefits our nation.
- Deficit of mental deterioration
- Elderly leaders are making decisions for future generations that will have to deal with the consequences of these choices.
- Gerontocracies, government based on rule by old people, prevent new ideas from entering into the small elite that makes national policy.
- Creating institutions that enable older politicians to retain an advisory role while allowing younger leaders to replace them as formal representatives
Abolish super PACs.
Replace corporate funding and donations from millionaires and billionaires with public funding of elections that amplifies small-dollar donations.
Transform Our Energy System to 100 Percent Renewable Energy and Create 20 Million Jobs
Generating revenue from the wholesale of energy produced by the regional Power Marketing Authorities. Revenues will be collected from 2023-2035, and after 2035 electricity will be virtually free, aside from operations and maintenance costs.
Stop Factory Farms are indoor farms that raise and kill the animals in a extremely cruel manner.
Many chickens will have a space smaller than a piece of paper to live in, and barns crammed with up to 10,000 chickens
They will spend most of their lives sitting or lying in their own waste
Piglets on factory farms have their teeth clipped or ground and tails cut off
Ensure businesses are abiding by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If the number of senior leadership is 95% men the company needs to justify why there aren't qualified women and that they thoroughly tried to recruit women.
Adopt Equal Pay for Equal Work through the Paycheck Fairness Act.
Guarantee health care through Medicare for All, repeal the Hyde Amendment and fully fund Planned Parenthood, Title X, and other initiatives that protect women’s health, access to contraception, and the availability of a safe and legal abortion.
Oppose all efforts to undermine or overturn Roe v. Wade, and appoint federal judges who will uphold women’s most fundamental rights.
Fight to end sexual harassment, discrimination, and violence in workplaces, the military, and other institutions.
Voting by cell phone
Biometrics via face, fingerprint, iris scan, signature recognition, and geolocation need to match DMV records.
Voting is mandatory for those receiving public assistance (tuition assistance, cash-aid, etc.)
Automatic DMV registration at DMV with option to opt-out and/or religious exemptions permitted.
Restore the Voting Rights Act.
Secure automatic voter registration for every American over 18.
Overturn Citizens United.
End racist voter suppression and partisan gerrymandering.
Abolish burdensome voter ID laws.
Re-enfranchise the more than 6 million Americans who have had their right to vote taken away by a felony conviction, paid their debt to society, and deserve to have their rights restored.
Invest in conservation and public lands to heal our soils, forests, and prairie lands.
Commit to reducing emissions throughout the world, including providing $200 billion to the Green Climate Fund, rejoining the Paris Agreement, and reasserting the United States’ leadership in the global fight against climate change.