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A Jack Of All Trades!
I've lived across the country in some of the most extraordinary places. Places like Providence, where the bitter cold was overcome by the pleasantries of the country's smallest state. To Carmel, where the western coastline teems with oceanic wildlife. Maine followed next, where the lobster is good. Up to the atmosphere of Denver where the air is thin. Over to the windy city of downtown Chicago and then headed down to Wichita. To the big sky of Bozeman and into the beauty of Sheridan. Back home to the city of Philadelphia and then finally coming to rest in the city that I've come to love, Orlando. From coast to coast I've seen more than most and I've met so many incredibly wonderful people along the way. The overall takeaway from my travels is in realizing that no matter who you come to meet, whether it be professional athletes, ranchers, hipsters, seniors, or those struggling to get by, we're all after a common goal; to live the good life, to prosper, and to find satisfaction.
As a candidate, our campaign has always focused on finding common ground, representing both sides, and finding the best fit solutions to each party's concerns. Tribalism is doomed to fail, but by taking the best ideas from both sides we can all succeed together.
Ending The War On Drugs
Jack Achenbach supports ending the war on drugs. Addiction is a serious issue, but not one that should end with incarceration. Rather rehabilitation for non-violent offenders should be the goal for those unfortunate to have lost control. Jack Achenbach supports legalizing recreational drugs with a few caveats. Recreational drugs must be regulated, held to strict safety standards, sold from a licensed retailer, and produced by regulated manufacturers. Furthermore, retailers must be required to offer 'weaning' services for individuals who wish to discontinue drug use. Additionally, a marginal percentage of a retailer and manufacturers revenue must go towards funding rehabilitation services and research and development into addiction-based interventions. Additionally, public intoxication and driving under the influence will not be tolerated. Lastly, the sale of drugs will be prohibited to persons under the age of 21, as this is indicated to be the final stages of brain development.
Student Loan Reform
Jack Achenbach supports cutting student loan interest rates to assist college students in repaying their student loans. He also supports lowering the student loan cap to prevent colleges from arbitrarily increasing the price of tuition in an attempt to take advantage of the student loan system. Additionally, colleges and universities that receive federal student loan aid will be prevented from spending it on items not directly related to the student's educational needs. Jack Achenbach supports the construction of an oversight investigation team within FAFSA to annually investigate that schools are properly using federal student aid and are not charging students for unnecessary items not conducive to education.
Student Loan Interest Reallocation
In addition to Jack's student loan reform plan, Jack proposes to reallocate prior interest payments to pay down a graduate's student loan principal. Essentially, students would not be receiving a reimbursement, but rather the money that was already spent paying down predatory interest rates would be deducted from the principal instead. In this manner, the taxpayer is not held responsible for debt that is not their own, while graduates burdened by massive student loans can see their debt significantly improved. This would have to occur in conjunction with lowering interest rates, or moving the interest rates, lest the problem be allowed to continue.
American's that were left out of the job as a result of government intervention during the Covid-19 pandemic were never properly compensated for their sacrifice. Despite the gracious stimulus checks and state and federal unemployment benefits, these benefits did not rectify the financial impact for American's that annually made above the amount provided on unemployment. Jack Achenbach fully supports compensating American's that were forced out of their jobs from the actions taken by their government. American's that lost their jobs specifically due to Covid-19 restrictions should be compensated the remainder of their annual income minus previous relief benefits.
Jack Achenbach supports creating opportunity zones by lowering corporate taxes in low-income communities thereby bringing in higher paying jobs and corporations that will revitalize struggling neighborhoods.
Prohibiting Rider Legislation
Jack Achenbach supports prohibiting rider legislation. Too often does Congress slip in random and incompatible items into a piece of legislation in hopes of it getting passed. Congress should be held to voting on single item, or like-item, issues. Rider legislation impedes the passing of necessary legislation, such as was the case with COVID relief.
Jack Achenbach supports limiting the page-length of pieces of legislation. Americans are aware that Congress does not read bills that span hundreds of pages, and regular Americans certainly do not either! Therefore, Jack Achenbach supports putting a cap on bill and legislation length. Additionally, Jack Achenbach supports the accompaniment of a Layman Copy that clearly summarizes and clarifies the main points of a bill or piece of legislation. These moves will allow the average American to better understand and comprehend the laws under which they live.
Recycling Program Deductions
Jack Achenbach supports providing tax deductions to companies and rental apartment buildings that institute recycling programs. Deductions could incentivize increased cooperation and help companies offset the cost of initiating and maintaining the primary step in the recycling process. Deductions could be issued as a flat rate and titrate dependent upon a company's annual tonnage.
Investment Into Alternative Energies
Jack Achenbach supports investment into thorium reactors as part of the 'green energy' push. Thorium reactors are more safe, efficient, and environmentally friendly compared to contemporary nuclear power plants(2). Additionally, thorium reactors can produce cheaper energy compared to nuclear energy, thereby providing another cost-effective green alternative to contribute to a diverse energy portfolio. Federal subsidies for renewable energies have dramatically reduced the costs of wind and solar, thusly subsidizing a new generation of nuclear reactors (thorium) can bring about commercial success and cost decreases. The future of nuclear energy is an important investment as currently 55 nuclear reactors provide 19.7%(5) of all U.S energy compared with 67,000 wind turbines(4) that provide 8.4%(5) of all U.S. energy. For skeptics, nuclear energy has been proven safe with over 445 reactors(6) operating safely worldwide (not including nuclear submarines) with 3 major accidents in 60 years. Additionally, the generated waste materials is estimated to fill no more than a single football field(3). Overall, the U.S. should aim for a diverse green energy portfolio that allows for energy independence and stability in the face of rising geopolitical threats.
Investment Into Energy Efficiency
Jack Achenbach supports investment into the further research and develop of energy storage technologies necessary to fully realize the potential of wind and solar energy farms. With wind energy having capacity factor of 33%(1) and solar energy having a capacity factor of 25%(1), developing efficient, small scale, and transportable energy storage units are necessary for capturing energy when it is being generated but not being used. Energy capture is an important factor in the stride to create a sustainable energy grid.
Jack Achenbach supports removing candidates' party affiliation from the ballot, thereby encouraging voters to research politicians before mindlessly voting Democrat or Republican. Casting a vote should be done with the voter's full understanding of who and what policies they are voting for. Our elections must have integrity and it starts with all of us.
Reducing Voting Barriers
Jack supports the elimination of costs associated with obtaining the vital documentation necessary for voting. This includes the cost associated with obtaining replacement birth certificates, the fundamental document for obtaining other forms of ID. Additionally, all states should have the option to allow voters to vote using a birth certificate, social security number, and two forms to prove residency (after all, all four items are required to obtain a valid state ID). Additionally, if an individual wishes to obtain a State ID (in which you can use to vote), the cost should be waived, but the state may still charge a fee for vehicle licenses and other forms of ID. However, if an ID is used to vote, it should be required to have a photo to clear it of potential theft. Additionally, we should allocate resources to open additional DMV sites in areas where current locations may be out of reach. Not only would this satisfy the second argument but would hopefully help to eliminate those horrendous DMV wait times all of us have experienced.
Voting Security: Post-Voting Confirmation
Jack supports a post-voting confirmation system to ensure ballots are cast by the legitimate voter and to ensure that votes have been counted. A confirmation letter shall be mailed to each voter's registered residency to indicate the place of residency was used to vote. The confirmation of vote would alert individuals had they not voted and would provide instructions on how to report the error. Additionally, the confirmation of vote would provide instructions to download a ‘voting receipt’ to ensure their vote was counted and recorded accurately. In order to download, voters would provide their proof of identification and residency into a secure database.
Funding The Police
Jack Achenbach supports funding our police. There is a reason the United States has the best military in the world and that is because it is the most heavily funded military in the world. Better policing requires greater funding for training, safety equipment, and for investment into alternative nonlethal weaponry. Defunding the police has notably increased crime, rape, burglary, and homicides rates, especially in minority communities. The defunding and demoralizing of the police has led good cops and experienced cops to quit the force, thereby leaving behind crooked cops and new undertrained recruits. Jack Achenbach also supports increasing police force requirements including more extensive training and higher education in law enforcement, criminal law and constitutional law. Lastly, Jack Achenbach supports funding for health and psychological evaluations.
Section 230 Reform
Jack Achenbach supports legislation to reform Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The internet has become a public utility and necessity for American life. As such, the United States Constitution must be extended to it.
Economic Sanctions on China to End the Uyghur Genocide
Jack Achenbach supports economic sanctions on China to facilitate the end of the persecution and genocide of Uyghur Muslims and other religious groups in China. Jack Achenbach also supports sanctions on any country that acts in kind. History is repeating itself, and we must not allow it to.
Health Care Competition
Jack Achenbach supports legislation that reduces the barriers to competition in the healthcare industry. Healthy competition is essential for product innovation and decreasing prices. Medicare For All sounds nice, but affordable healthcare would render it obsolete!
Social Security Investment
Jack Achenbach does not support universal basic income. However, he does support universal basic investment. Jack Achenbach proposes the creation of an IRA for each American at birth with an initial government investment of $1,000. Under the basic 'Rule of 72', investments double every 7 years. Therefore, an at-birth investment of $1,000 has the potential of increasing to $1.24 million by age 70. After which, participants are able to withdrawal the money for their retirement needs.
Jack Achenbach wants to assure that every child has the option to attend the best school within reach. Low-income communities should not be held hostage to failing schools. Likewise, any parent should have the ability to send their children to the school they believe to be the best option for their child.
Home School and Private School Deductions
Jack Achenbach wants to offer tax deductions to families that either home school their children or who send their children to private schools. In other words, parents should not be required to pay taxes to fund public schools they do not use. This move will eliminate the penalty towards parents that choose alternative learning options. It will also promote competition and encourage public schools to improve their services in order to compete for tax dollars.
Public School Reform
Recent data indicates that public school education is failing our children. In order for our children to succeed and compete in the global market, public school education must be reformed to encourage competent, intelligent, and self-sufficient young men and women. Furthermore, Jack Achenbach supports the banning of illegitimate and divisive concepts, such as Critical Racism, from the classroom.
Skilled Worker Selection Factors
Jack Achenbach recognizes the economic and innovative benefit that immigration provides to the United States. Therefore, he supports an immigration system that benefits both the country, its citizens, and its incoming immigrants. Jack Achenbach supports a successful immigration system, likened to that of Canada, which matches an employer with a skilled worker prior to immigration. Such a system would thereby bring in an immigrant that will provide a net benefit to the country while the hiring company aids in providing a job, destination, safe travel, and relocation assistance to the immigrant and their family.
Jack Achenbach supports term limits for elected officials. Lawmakers once saw a need to set term limits for the presidency and it is time to set term limits for the rest.
Enforce the Second Amendment
Jack Achenbach supports legislation that is aimed at enforcing the Second Amendment. The U.S. Constitution prohibits the government from infringing on the people's right to keep and bear arms. A woman walking the streets at night has the right to protect herself from danger. An inner-city father has the right to defend his family from intruders. The Second Amendment allows the good to defend against the bad, and no person should be made defenseless against the evils of man.
Domestic Microchip Manufacturing
Jack Achenbach supports legislation to bolster U.S. microchip manufacturing. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, supply chain shortages of computer chips continue to foster economic stagnation. Coupled with rising foreign threats to Taiwan, the world's leader in microchip production, it is imperative that the U.S. secure the infrastructure necessary for a sustainable production of these vital resources. To put this into context for the younger demographic, the current shortage of video game consoles is directly related to the shortage of microchips. In addition to creating domestic manufacturing jobs, increasing our gross domestic product is essential for tackling our rising deficit.
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2. Mallapaty, S. (2021). China prepares to test thorium-fuelled nuclear reactor. Nature. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02459-w
3. DOE. (2021). 3 Reasons Why Nuclear is Clean and Sustainable. Department of Energy. https://www.energy.gov/ne/articles/3-reasons-why-
4. USGS. (2021). How many turbines are contained in the U.S. Wind Turbine Database? U.S. Geological Survey. https://www.usgs.gov/faqs/how-
5. EIA. (2021). What is U.S. electricity generation by energy source? Energy Information Administration. https://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.php?
6. NPT. (2021). Nuclear Power in the World Today. Nuclear Power Today. https://world-nuclear.org/information-library/current-and-future-generation/nuclear-power-in-the-world-today.aspx
Got Any Good Ideas?
We want to hear your ideas on how to better our nation! After all, our campaign is about you, the American people! Not only does your vote matter, but so does your representation in Congress. So share your solutions below, tell us what needs to be fixed, and let's get it done together!