Restoring Confidence in the American Tax Dollar
With nearly 20 years in Public Accounting, proving a success in my professional career has been centered around the one thing that funds the federal government—your tax dollars. While becoming an expert in the laws mandating that we pay our “fair share,” I have lost all faith in the Political Elites’ “Power of the Purse.” Blatantly ignoring the Comptroller General’s grim sustainability warning, they continue to cheat and defraud YOU, the hardworking American Taxpayer. Political Elites have led the way to the brink of a financial crisis never before experienced—the collapse of the US federal government.
If you think you have FDIC insurance on your bank account—think again. Under the clever term “Investment in US Treasury Bonds,” your FDIC trust fund, along with every other government trust fund, has been diverted and laundered to finance the ever-growing National Debt. To the tune of approximately $6 trillion—your Social Security, your Medicare, and our Military Retirement Fund, to name a few, all “invested” in US Treasury Bonds—IOU’s from the US federal government general fund. To make matters worse, as of May 2019, EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN TAXPAYER would need to fork over nearly $710,000 to make the US federal government truly debt-free. Did you catch that? For the federal government to pay you back what is rightfully yours, you need to pay them $710,000. Fraud. Negligence. Extortion. Breach of Fiduciary Duty.
Fiscal responsibility is to the government what soil is to life—the beginning and end. The government is only as effective as its management of available resources. In the words of Albert Einstein, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different result.” Why do we KEEP sending the same Political Elitist to run our nation? We NEED new representation in Congress. In fact, there are more medical professionals and professional pilots in both chambers of Congress than professionally trained accountants (8). We must act now—tell the Political Elites “YOU’RE FIRED” in November, and send a true Public Servant to Washington.
As your Senator, I serve you! Working for you, I will restore Fiscal Responsibility in Washington. I will demand laws to regulate the legislature’s fiduciary duty to its largest stakeholder—YOU, the American Taxpayer. Instituting harsh civil penalties for negligence, Congress must be subject to the same enforcement penalties it imposes on you, the American Taxpayer. It is the duty of a public servant to protect your prosperity rather than extorting it to finance politicians’ uncontrollable spending habits of buying votes. YOU DO NOT WORK FOR THE GOVERNMENT—if elections were on Tax Day, Politicians might actually act as PUBLIC SERVANTS! As your Senator, I serve you. I will lead the way in Restoring Confidence in the American Tax Dollar.
Resurrecting the American Dream
First thing’s first—a flourishing and stable economy is vital to restoring confidence in the American Tax Dollar. A strong economy is the result of healthy, profitable, private business ventures. DO NOT BELIEVE THE LIES – government CANNOT legislate the creation of a sustainable flourishing economy; in fact, history proves government regulation first deflates and then stagnates the economy. It’s time for the government to emancipate the American Dream!
“A ruler with no understanding will oppress his people.” —Proverbs 28:6
Public safety is critical to a strong economy. When public safety is prioritized, it reduces the cost of crime and enhances the desirability of our communities as places to work, live, and play. We must stand against the liberal’s lenient prison reform! It is imperative that we restore confidence in the criminal judicial system. Continually releasing violent criminals into society with a mere slap on the wrist is an injustice to our communities. We must be hard on crime! It is impossible for law enforcement officers (LEOs) to be everywhere at all times; even more, crime does not wait for LEOs to respond. As proud Americans, we should never fear for our right to keep and bear arms! It is the right of every law-abiding American to bear arms for defense, ready and able should the occasion arise, though I pray it does not. I encourage all to embrace your Second Amendment Right, and I’ll be damned if it is infringed upon. Next time you go to the range—let me know. I’d love to meet you there!
Human capital is a prime component of a flourishing economy. We must invest in our future. Our early education system is broken, and we fail to provide an able and trained workforce. College education is wonderful, but we must remember that our great nation was built on the hard work of a blue-collar workforce. We must reverse the results of “No Child Left Behind”—it is OUR duty to ensure our children receive the highest quality education in their early years. There is no cost too great than losing our future; whatever the cost, we must supply more than just the core learning subjects. Our educators must educate without personal biases, educating with methods that encourage students’ development of interpersonal behaviors such as self-motivation, self-discipline, competition, and teamwork. Like we were afforded, we should give our future access to Art, Music, Dance, Foreign Languages, Shop, Welding, Agriculture, Personal Finance, Early Work Release (Co-op/Internship), etc. We must ensure athletics and intellectual competitive teams remain a part of each and every school system. Our public education system is responsible for our future, and we must not take it for granted.
Stagnated economic growth, skyrocketing education costs, and lack of affordable housing are government manufactured messes. It has legislated, regulated, funded, backed and guaranteed these crises into existence. The US federal government need not be in the lending business—the ages-old economic fact that prices rise when funding is readily available inflates the cost of goods. With the US federal government handing out loans like candy at a Christmas parade, it has loaned money it doesn’t have, demanded more tax dollars from you, and artificially inflated your housing and education costs.
Investing in a Healthy America
Integrity is a fundamental principle of fiscal responsibility. We must demand integrity from our elected political leaders! In the year 2020, time has officially expired – we are exhausted with the empty campaign promises of “affordable” healthcare and government forcing crony legislation on us that have come at atrocious costs to the American taxpayer ($1.3 trillion in FYE18 alone).
HEALTHCARE DOES NOT START IN WASHINGTON—IT STARTS AT THE FARM!
In all of God’s glorious wisdom, He gave us self-healing powers. Our bodies are pretty amazing, and just like all well-maintained machines, our bodies require a clean fuel supply to maintain optimum performance, self-healing powers included. As such, God filled the earth with livestock and vegetation (our fuel = food supply) in its natural, organic goodness, free from man-made chemical substances. Our bodies were created to operate on a nutrient-rich food supply of whole, natural, organic vegetation and livestock humanely raised in their natural habitat (hint: this is not a factory confined space). Beginning with the Woodrow Wilson administration, the US federal government has manufactured our genetically modified and toxic food supply by paying for (subsidizing) the creation of Industrial Agriculture.
Sold to America as a technological miracle, Industrial Agriculture has become our dominant (and standard) food production. It is characterized by heavy use of man-made chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, and confined animal factory operations. Poison, all of these man-made chemicals are poisoning us—foreign substances that were never intended to be introduced to the human body, our self-healing powers frantically go into overdrive and actually start attacking the body. Continually poisoning our bodies with this food, our self-healing powers continue to self-attack, leading to long-term chronic illnesses and cell mutilation forming cancer. All this from the standard agriculture of the United States.
It’s time to invest in our health and our farmers! Instead of wasting tax dollars on fake “affordable” healthcare, we need to invest in, and demand, organic, natural, and humane food production be the STANDARD in the United States. Ongoing studies funded by the USDA and conducted by researching poly-tech (agriculture) universities are showing that, over time, crop production grown organically out-produces the industrialized production in both volume and quality—odd how that works, huh? It’s also beneficial for the river/waterway pollution levels and reduces our carbon emissions—win for human health and environmental health!
And, let’s be clear. Our clean organic, natural, and humane food was supplied to mankind well before any form of government entity existed. As such, this basic human need must not be artificially inflated with the government’s desire for a piece of the profit. No, just, no. Farmers who produce their crops and/or livestock in its organic, natural, and humane state must be tax-exempt at all levels. Industrial Agricultural production should receive NO tax-exemption. Our clean food supply is a must, and it must be readily available at an affordable price.
The opioid crisis is a nationwide epidemic.
However, Tennessee’s opioid death rates are rising while the national death rate has dropped. The FDA classifies most opioid drugs as a Schedule II controlled substance (approved for medical use), including morphine, codeine, and fentanyl -all of which have high abuse potential. Marijuana has been used in healthcare for millennia; it is well known that marijuana does not cause fatal overdoses, and its medical benefits drastically out-weigh its negative consequences. States that have legalized marijuana have subsequently seen a drop in its opioid-related death rates. It’s time to legalize marijuana at the federal level. The legalization must ensure it is sourced by US Farmers subject to organic agriculture production standards, and Big Pharma must never touch this natural medication.
Because we are reliant on medicine, we must hold the FDA to ethical and moral behaviors. Too many times, they have approved complete poison—raise your hands if you’ve been a victim? Me too! The FDA has been purchased by Big Pharma – the opioid crisis is a prime example. If you want to know the truth about how corrupt the department really is – Google “Aspartame Scandal,” read the truth first, and then google simply “Aspartame.” Please do that simple exercise—your eyes will be opened. The purpose of the FDA is to protect the public from Big Pharma, and it’s time for us to remind them!
Americans Investing In Americans
It is time to take charity out of government and encourage Americans investing in Americans!
Our Founding Fathers were strong in their Christian faith, and it is forever memorialized in our founding documents. Guided by The Wonderful Counselor, they carefully authored the most astounding legal documents. Without recognizing or articulating God, the founding documents restricted the federal government from the assumption of God’s Supreme Authority. Sadly, those limitations have been heavily discounted throughout America’s lifespan. Securing elections, our political leaders have purchased their way into “power” on promises of government charity—paid for by the American Tax Dollar.
It’s important to understand that poverty is a permanent condemnation not erasable from humanity. Mankind’s fall from God’s gracious presence, “self” became the primary being of human nature. As a consequence of “self,” poverty was permanently etched into humanity, only to be eradicated by the Creator Himself. Government charity is not really charity at all—having self-interest (elections), Government charity is prejudice, discriminatory, and now “mandatory.”
Charity, by definition, is not mandatory. Charity, in its true form, is selfless in nature, freely given without expectation of repayment or future benefit. Its effects are priceless: it is inspiring, encouraging, motivating, stimulating, contagious, cheerful, and generous. Mandatory giving, by definition, is an entitlement; it does not inspire, encourage, motivate, or stimulate; it is discriminatory, prejudice, divisive, and demotivating.
We must take charity out of the government’s hands! Our federal tax laws governing charities and charitable giving actually discourage American personal charity and encourage charity dependency on government funding—totally backward, and we must demand change!
Every American Tax Dollar that the government does not spend on charity is a win for the American Taxpayer; therefore, charitable donations must be pre-tax American Dollars. That’s right, you heard me, no more monkeying around with the deduction for charitable donations! You should get a dollar for dollar reduction in your “adjusted gross income” for your selfless act of charity to your American neighbors! Your selflessness should not be limited to any thresholds, phaseouts, or limitations. American personal charity is the best thing that can happen for our country—Americans investing in Americans. The government’s role in charity is simple–tighten up the tax laws relative to the qualifying tax-exempt charitable organizations AND enforce strict adherence to the laws relative to maintaining its charitable status.
James Madison was absolutely correct – “Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.”
Restoring Confidence in the American Tax Dollar and fiscal responsibility requires confronting the elephant in the room. We must hold the Political Elitist accountable for the cesspool of negligence, fraud, and corruption they continue to ignore. Without action, hardworking, honest American Taxpayers will unjustly suffer the punishment for the crimes to which they fell victim. Providing a smart, sensible solution is easy—we are a nation full of brilliant, capable economists and accountants. Expecting the Political Elites to swallow their pride in exchange for the common good of whom they claim to represent is damn near impossible!
It’s time to demand the Political Elites put differences aside and do what is right for the American Taxpayer. With Social Security set for bankruptcy within the decade, action must be taken now.
Military and Veterans
“America without her soldiers would be like God without his angels.” — Claudia Pemberton
I am proud to be an American, unashamed and unapologetic of being a patriotic cheerleader! For nearly fifteen years, my roots were planted in the grounds connected to Eglin Air Force Base. These brave men and women were my neighbors, my clients, my friends…and a few ex-boyfriends. Immersed in the development, acquisition, testing, deployment, and sustainment of all Air Force armament—there are simply no words that can properly articulate the show-stopping, breathtaking, and chilling sights, sounds, and feels of freedom that are etched in the normalcy of every day—‘MERICA!
The safety of our home turf should be prioritized. Any attack on American soil is unacceptable – terrorism, violent crimes against Americans by illegal aliens, overdose by drug smuggling, etc. America needs secure borders. The most effective means to permanently secure our border is with our military. The terrain along the southern border is a prime training ground for our presence in the Middle East, an environment in which our soldiers must be ready and able to withstand combat at any given moment. Already highly and effectively utilized in securing testing sites, our military possesses border monitoring technology that quickly and accurately detects potential border breaches, allowing for swift deployment of military personnel to secure the location before a breach occurs. Utilizing this technology along with military training camps/bases along the southern border is the most effective security measure the US can make. There is no organized crime organization, cartel, or refugee group that would dare come face to face with the likes of our military capabilities. A wall is passable. The US Military is not.
No Man Left Behind! Veteran Affairs is a non-partisan agency – the Political Elites need to show respect. While the Political Elites continue childish tantrums, our veterans are suffering. It is utterly grotesque to see so many veterans homeless and dying from illness as they wait in line for care at the VA, all results from Congress’ refusal to address systemic issues within the VA. The VA is rot with cultural issues that start at the top levels of management. With four secretaries in seven years, the lack of consistent leadership has deteriorated corporate culture throughout the agency, leading to high employee turnover and 30,000+ job vacancies. It’s time to stop the political games and demand effective leadership and management within the VA. We must fully fund the overdue infrastructure investments bringing the VA facilities into the year 2020. We must expand behavioral health services to effectively treat the mental health of today’s veterans, including suicide prevention. It is imperative that we provide high-quality services for our women veterans covering all women’s healthcare needs. We must provide the resources and stability to eradicate homelessness amongst our veterans. Our veterans served us. It’s our turn to serve the needs of our veterans!
Elizabeth McLeod for Senate
Nashville, TN 37209