Here is your chance! Prove whether or not brutal honesty will win an election.
I would raise taxes on those making more than 250,000.00 a year, but there would be a sliding scale even for those. I would raise the tax rates on capitol gains, because that is where the real meat of the wealth is in this country. I would stop spending money on useless, expensive weapons systems but still invest in rational R&D for the military so that when we perfect something useful, we can THEN deploy it. I would never attempt to start an off budget war. If military intervention is necessary, the taxes to fund that intervention are necessary. I would increase the income ceiling for SS tax deductions, so that it reflects current income averages and not those from, say, 1950. I would raise the retirement age, since people live longer and stay healthier longer than they did in 1936. That age would be the age when you can get both Medicare and SS. If I had a magic wand, I would make health care universal/single payer and move everyone into the same system and take Medicare and Medicaid off of the books as separate entities. I would stop wasting money on useless Border Security measures and instead, enact steep penalties for those who hire undocumented workers. That is you I'm talking to construction, hotel and food industries. Want more clarification, ask me. Some issue that matters to you I haven't addressed, ask me. Then vote. Bet I lose. I have pissed off both conservatives (raising taxes, universal health care) and progressives (I don't hate the military, I raised the retirement age).