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95 theses expanded
Jane Carlile Baker
· The United States government will collect no more than 10% of a wage earner’s or business’s gross earnings yearly. This should result in approximately $59 billion at stated current rates of income and household growth. It is unjust that a government charge more taxes than God requires in tithe.
· States may collect 2% of a wage earn’ers or business’s gross earnings yearly
· Counties/parishes may collect 1% of a wage earner’s or business’s gross earnings yearly.
· Cites/towns/villages/hamlets may collect 1% of a wage earern’s or business’s gross earnings yearly.
· No currently functioning exceptions are allowed now or to be reinstated in the future. (i.e. farm subsidies, expenses of doing business, capital gains exemptions, etc.)
· As of the date of the acceptance of these theses, all elected officials are immediately retired. No currently functioning agency, department, service, bureau, court or appointed official exists as of the date of acceptance of these theses.
· Every recognized town, city, hamlet and village in the United States will hold a meeting in November and appoint one honest, trusted citizen 40 years or older to attend a congress that will set a national budget based upon needs that cannot be met by the individual, the city, the county, or the state. These people are appointed at the local level to assure they are known for their honesty and trustworthiness.
· Every recognized town, city, hamlet and village in the United States will hold a meeting in November and appoint one honest, trusted citizen 40 years or older to attend a congress that will set a state budget based upon needs that cannot be met by the individual, the city, or the county. These people are appointed at the local level to assure they are known for their honesty and trustworthiness.
· Every recognized town, city, hamlet and village in the United States will hold a meeting in November and appoint one honest, trusted citizen 40 years or older to attend a congress that will set a city/town/hamlet/village budget based upon needs that cannot be met by the individual. These people to be known for their honesty and trustworthiness.
· These congresses will be in effect for one year, from January 1 to December 31. Every November new appointees will be chosen for the following year.
· Each congress will elect a president, secretary and treasurer. The president is responsible for division of work in each congress. The secretary may appoint under secretaries in each area the president designates. The treasurer will receive budgets from each division designated by the president.
· No division may be created that duplicates the work of another division in any way.
· The divisions may consider rehiring individuals in any area who have shown honest accomplishment of their duties heretofor.
· Appointees at all levels will receive $1,000 per month for their service.
· Appointees must retain their current method of livelihood during their term.
· Appointees may not serve more than once in their lifetimes, regardless of level to which they are appointed.
· There will be no welfare in the United States.
· A new program to care for the needy, whether indigent, vets needing to reenter society after military service, or the disabled, federally administered and funded, so that it will be equal in all states, will be created by the new congress. It will not require more than 10% of the national budget. Therefor no budgets requiring more than 10% to be spent will be approved.
· This support program will be administered by counties/parishes with federal funds.
· No one will be allowed to remain on the support program for more than one year in their adult life (from age 21).
· If a person on the support program tests positive for drugs, they are immediatey released from the program without opportunity to reapply.
· To qualify for the support program, an adult must actively seek employment (proven by copies of application forms from businesses where s/he has applied).
· A mother and father on the support program may not receive funds for more than one dependent child, and must attend parenting, job-seeking, and budgeting classes during the time they receive assistance.
· To remain on the support program, mothers may not use the excuse of having children to avoid seeking employment.
· Child care, when deemed necessary to participation in the support program, will be available through school sites.
· The disabled will be trained at the local levelby the support program for employment to which they are suited.
· Anyone who neglects to meet these requirements of the support program will be dropped from the program and not allowed to reapply.
· Each city/town will be responsible to establish contracts with physicians, dentists, opthalmologists, a hospital and grocery store for health care and assuring children have healthy food.
· No one may purchase foods other than in the basic food groups, not to include “extras.”
· No medical treatment above $150 will be approved without evaluation by the county/parish’s designated hospital/medical society.
· Drug and alcohol treatment programs may be approved once.
· One card will be issued to cover whatever services the client is eligible for, medical or food assistance.
· The payments of the program may be adjusted to reflect housing costs in the area where the recipient lives, but may not be paid higher than modest living accommodations warrant, and never for more than a year.
· Education of the country’s children will be the responsibility of the federal government, so that all children receive equal education from preschool through four years of college. This area of the national budge is not to exceed 20% of the national budget.
· Two types of high schools will be instituted – professional preparation and vocational skills schools. Students will pass tests to enter either, and profess an interest in the type of education provided. Only professional preparation students will continue on to college, and parents must share 25% of that cost.
· The military will have two branches only. The Army and the Navy. Current responsibilities of the Coast Guard will be taken over by the Navy. Current responsibilities of the Marines will be taken over by the Army. This area of the government is not to exceed 20%, except in time of world war.
· All young men will serve two years in the military from age 18-20, without exception. Physical and mental disabilities will occasion specialized military jobs, but not exclusion. No family or educational exceptions will be considered.
· At the conclusion of their two years, they may choose whether to make the military a career.
· All young women will do two years of community service between the years of 18 and 20, without exception. No family or educational exceptions will be considered. Should they choose, that service may be the military. Community service opportunities will be determined by the county/parish congress.
· There will be no further monetary aid to any foreign country regardless of circumstances.
· Foreign aid may come from only one division created by the president of the national congress. This aid will be intellectual, informational only, not monetary.
· Companies who are based in the United States and choose to take their factories to foreign countries will be treated as foreign manufacturers as regards all tariffs and taxes.
· It will be the responsibility of the federal congress to house felonious prisoners in prisons. These people will work. If they do not work, they will not eat. The work to be done will be determined by the congress.
· Space exploration, research and development of technology, building and maintenance of roads and other large expenditures of funds will be established as the national budget can afford them, in cooperation with education and private business entities.