TAXES

Fair Rational Tax...

Our country is saddled with a growing $20 Trillion debt caused by an unfair and corrupt, over 75,000-page tax code rigged by self-serving politicians to favor wealthy campaign donors who, via deductions, loopholes and special credits, avoid paying their fair share of taxes.

Only a new tax model designed to achieve "Economic Equality Through Fiscal Responsibility and Fair Taxation" can restore and preserve the seemingly forgotten promise of our great American Democracy as champion and protector of the poor and the middle class. The "Fair Automatic Simple Tax" ("FAST") is that model!

FAST is fair, simple, progressive, automatic and designed to replace a rigged tax code which nobody pretends to understand and is destroying our economy and the confidence of Americans.

• FAST eliminates all deductions, loopholes and special credits
• Lower FAST rates make up for "home mortgage deduction" loss
• FAST eliminates most tax returns
• FAST generates enough revenue to fund and maintain:

- national security
- all necessary social and healthcare programs
- Veterans' and their families' welfare
- the Earned Income Credit (EIC)
- infrastructure and the environment

Read more on the Fair Automatic Simple Tax ("FAST").

NATIONAL SECURITY

Home Safe Home

National Security begins in the home, where over 33,000 deaths occur annually due to gun violence. I support the mandatory 3-day waiting period and background check for any sale of a gun.

Whether you have a Smart Phone, Home Computer or nothing at all, I believe cyber- security is now a threat to every American. I support keeping private things private and would seek to limit the compiling of personal data and site visits of American citizens unless a court order is obtained.

IMMIGRATION

Descendants of Im...

"We are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once, too. And whether our forebears were strangers who crossed the Atlantic, or the Pacific or the Rio Grande, we are here only because this country welcomed them in, and taught them that to be an American is about something more than what we look like, or what our last names are, or how we worship. What makes Americans is our shared commitment to an ideal - that all men are created equal, and all of us have the chance to make our lives what we will." Barack Obama.

I have ancestors who were in the Austrian Army and cousins who's names are Armando, Arturo, Gerardo and Lupita. My last name is an anglicized rendering of a French version I have trouble pronouncing. Who am I to build a wall, sneer at a passport or challenge an accent? Who are you?

ENVIRONMENT

I Give a Hoot

Ansel Adams, "It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment".

Global warming is creating a world we have only begun to imagine, let alone prepare for. Protecting our environment and correcting our abuses of it are priorities for me.

Having hiked the 8 hours down to the bottom and 11 hours out of the Grand Canyon with my children, I have a deep respect for the wonder, majesty and awesome responsibility we have to protect our home from ourselves.

HEALTHCARE

Greatest of Bless...

After a lifetime dedicated to the mental and physical health of the communities he has served, Todd believes that the challenges facing the American healthcare system need to be addressed immediately—they are a matter of life and death. He has always believed that healthcare is a human right and should be guaranteed to all Americans regardless of wealth or income. He prizes the health and wellness of individuals over corporate profits. Additionally, he supports future legislation to curb drug costs and tackle fraud in the industry. Altogether, universal healthcare serves as a strong foundation for his policy goals.

EDUCATION

Only the Educated...

As a son of a public school teacher, I learned teachers are our greatest leaders and education is our most valuable resource. I believe that all students deserve the opportunity to receive an affordable, quality education from the earliest stages of schooling to high-level degrees. I support the goals to make public colleges and universities tuition-free, as well as to drastically reduce interest rates on student loan debt.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Firm, but Fair on...

I believe that the United States squanders far too many resources on over-incarceration and misguided crime policies, and that this money could be better spent providing education, training, and jobs to those who might otherwise get lost in the criminal justice system. I also advocate for police reform through increased transparency and accountability, as well as the demilitarization of America’s police forces.

I support the death penalty in capital cases. I also believe that felons who have completed their sentences and paid their penalties should have full restitution of their voting rights.