Synopsis: A robot has decided to take his personality chip for a spin and see if his study of the human race has paid off enough to win the presidential nomination
Current Job: None - he pretty much goes around stumping for other republicans at this point in time. He is the ex-governor of Massachusetts, which while he was governor, managed to essentially obtain universal healthcare for the state.
Spouse: Ann, who is a breast cancer survivor and suffers from MS
Kids: 5 - all boys.
- Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Repeal and replace
- Roe V Wade: Would like to overturn Roe v Wade; but feels that anti-abortion legislation should be on a state level, not national.
- Funding Planned Parenthood: Against.
- Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Against (because it is creating life in order to destroy it)
- Afghanistan: The decisions about Afghanistan should be made by our military's top brass.
- Iran: We must create stronger sanctions against Iran to prevent them from obtaining nuclear weapons
- Budget: Cut spending, limit amount allowed to be spent.
- Taxes: Lower Corporate taxes, set new limits on personal tax rates
- Mexico/US border: Build a high-tech fence and provide the manpower to back it up.
- Education: Education should not be confined to Teacher's Unions. Admits there is a problem and recommends providing incentives to students (such as top performing students get full scholarships to state schools)
- Energy: We need to rely more on America's oil sources.
- LGBT issues: Against marriages and even civil unions (as of 2008), but of course we all know how much he waffles.
Chances of Winning: If the media is to be believed, it is now a two man race between Gingrich and Romney.
Who would vote for him: Older slightly liberal leaning folks. Those that are scared by Gingrich.
Clips from the fake news (since that's all I need):
-Colbert Report: Clinching the Nomination
-The Daily Show: Earning more in a day than the median American
-Fox News: State of the Union Reaction
Campaign Talking Points (from his website):
- Keep personal income tax at the same rates; however eliminate taxes on Dividends, Interest and Capital Gains for those with an adjusted gross income of less than $200,000.
- Eliminate the death tax
- Overhaul the system to provide lower, flatter rates over a wide base.
- Reduce the corporate tax rate from 35% to 25%
- Switch to a Territorial tax system (instead of Worldwide) for corporations.
- Repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
- Repeal Dodd-Frank
- Streamline the FDA approval process
- Enact comprehensive patent reform (it takes too long to get a patent)
- Repeal Sarbanes/Oxley
- Allow businesses to reallocate their capital as they see fit
- Support states in pursuing "Right to work" laws
- Prohibit the use for political purposes of funds automatically deducted from worker paychecks
- Eliminate redundancy in federal retraining programs by consolidating programs and funding streams, centering as much activity as possible in a single agency
- Give states authority to manage retraining programs by block granting federal funds
- Facilitate the creation of Personal Reemployment Accounts
- Encourage greater private sector involvement in retraining programs
- Raise visa caps for highly skilled workers
- Grant permanent residency to eligible graduates with advanced degrees in math, science, and engineering
- Immediately cut non-security discretionary spending by 5 percent
- Reform and restructure Medicaid as block grant to states
- Align wages and benefits of government workers with market rates
- Reduce federal workforce by 10 percent via attrition
- Undertake fundamental restructuring of government programs and services
- Cap federal spending at 20 percent of GDP
- Pursue a Balanced Budget Amendment
- Create a One-Stop-Shop to streamline the permitting process for common activities
- Amend the Clean Air Act to remove carbon dioxide from its purview.
- More nuclear power plant approvals
- Open America's reserves (I take this to mean drill in ANWR)
- Regulations to make it easier to produce oil from oil shale
- Support pipelines to get oil from Canada into the US.
- Concentrate alternative energy research funding on basic research
- Repeal and replace Obamacare
- Give states the responsibility, flexibility, and resources to act
- Empower citizens to buy their own insurance
- Focus federal regulation of health care on making markets work
- Reform the medical liability system
- Make health care more like a market and less like a government program
- The US needs to pursue new free trade agreements across the pacific.
- Support World Trade Organization Negotiations
- Complete the the Trans-Pacific Partnership
- Put China on notice about needing to play by the rules and honor the agreements already signed.