By Newt Gingrich
AMERICAN SOLUTIONS VALUE PROPOSITION
There are certain values that unite a large majority of Americans.
It is vital to have an organization in this country to pursue the goal of strengthening and revitalizing America's core values.
Our focus should clearly be to provide long-term solutions instead of short-term fixes.
It is important to move the government into the 21st century.
There will be incredible possibilities to meet our country's challenges in a variety of fields because in the next 25 years, there will be 4-7 times the amount of new technology and science in the world.
We should dramatically increase our investment in math and science education.
Everyone needs to be involved in the scale of change needed in America.
We clearly need to change the way the government operates by bringing in ideas and systems currently employed in the private business sector.
We must help defend America and her allies.
We must defeat America's enemies.
We have to be prepared to survive an attack by a nuclear, biological, or chemical weapon.
Al Qaeda poses a very serious threat for the United States.
Iran poses a serious threat to the United States.
North Korea poses a serious threat to the United States.
Hezbollah and Hamas pose a serious threat to the United States.
It will not be possible to negotiate with terrorist groups like Al Qaeda; we must defeat them.
In order to keep America safe, any terrorist groups caught here must pay the penalties.
If they had the chance, America's terrorist enemies would kill millions of Americans.
America should take the threat of terror by fanatical religious groups more seriously.
While it is not possible to completely eliminate terror attacks, the United States should impose either a very long prison sentence or the death penalty for convicted terrorists.
Anyone caught in the planning stages of a terrorist attack in the United States and convicted of planning the attack will serve a very long prison sentence or endure the death penalty.
We have to recognize that enemies exist in all parts of the world.
American policy must recognize that America's terrorist enemies would team up with other countries hostile to the United States, like Venezuela or North Korea, if they had the chance.
Congress should make it a crime to advocate acts of terrorism, or violent conduct or the killing of innocent people in the United States.
The Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies should develop programs to teach Americans what they can do as individuals to help in the fight against terror.
Terrorist websites at home and abroad should be closed down using computer warfare.
The United States should take the lead in creating a new set of international rules under the Geneva Convention to set guidelines for countries for how they can fight the War on Terror.
Political infighting in Washington, DC is making it more difficult to fight the War on Terror and we must find a way to put patriotic self defense above partisanship.
IMMIGRATION AND BORDER SECURITY
We must increase the number of visas for highly-educated immigrants or those with special technical skills, the so-called H1B and H2B visas.
Terrorists are trying to enter the United States illegally.
Border control is a security issue.
Being for border security first is not anti-immigrant.
It is clear that current immigration laws are not being enforced.
We should deport illegal immigrants who commit felonies.
Federal funds should be cut off to so-called sanctuary cities that prohibit their local police from checking the immigration status of those they arrest.
Allowing illegal immigrants to remain in this country undermines respect for the law.
It is not acceptable for companies to market services such as credit cards or bank accounts specifically to illegal immigrants.
If employers are not allowed to hire illegal workers, it would reduce the number of illegal immigrants in this county.
We must lay heavy monetary fines against employers and businesses who knowingly hire illegal immigrants.
We support requiring the Internal Revenue Service to conduct audits of companies who hire illegal immigrants to determine if those companies have paid the taxes they owe.
We both have to create an incentive-based worker program and gain control of the border to stop illegal immigration.
We support a worker visa program so people can work legally in this country.
We support a worker visa program in which each worker will go to immigration centers in their home country that will help them find jobs in the United States and apply for the worker visa.
We support a worker visa program in which each worker will receive a tamper-proof identification card that will allow the government to track him or her.
We support a real-time system to verify immigration status to companies like American Express, Visa or MasterCard so businesses can immediately identify if someone has forged papers or not.
In the worker visa program, each worker should take an oath to obey the United States law, and to be deported if the worker commits a crime while in the United States.
To join the worker visa program, workers must apply from their own country; they cannot apply from the United States and must return home first.
Each worked in the worker visa program must open a special bank account where the employer will deposit all of his or her wages. No worker will be paid in cash. This will ensure that all taxes will be paid.
The United States should only grant citizenship to those who want to embrace American values and culture.
English must be the official language of the United States.
All election ballots or other government documents should be printed in English.
New immigrants should be required to learn English.
The government today does not do a lot to encourage new immigrants to learn English.
We support offering intensive English language instruction to all who need it, including stipends to help immigrants attend the programs.
Businesses should be able to require employees to speak the English language while on the job.
ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT
We have an obligation to be good stewards of God's creation for future generations.
We can have a healthy economy and a healthy environment.
Our current dependence on foreign oil threatens our national security by making us vulnerable to dangerous dictatorships.
Our current dependence on foreign oil threatens our economic prosperity by making us vulnerable to dangerous dictatorships.
We should build more oil refineries in America to lower the cost of gas and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
With appropriate safeguards to protect the environment, we should drill for oil off America's coasts to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
We can solve our environmental problems faster and cheaper with innovation and new technology than with more litigation and more government regulation.
Entrepreneurs are more likely to solve America's energy and environmental problems than bureaucrats.
We must rely on innovation and new technology if we are going to compete successfully with India and China.
We can best improve our environment by relying on innovation in the private sector stimulated by tax credits and prizes. Tax credits would be given to companies that reduce pollution. Prizes would be given to individuals and companies that invent creative ways to clean up the environment. Relying on American ingenuity and profit motive will give us a better environment.
If we use technology and innovation and incentives, we do not need to raise taxes to clean up our environment.
We support giving away large financial prizes to companies and individuals who invent new ways to successfully cut pollution.
We support giving a large financial prize to the first company or individual who invents an affordable car that gets 100 miles per gallon.
We support giving a large financial prize to the first company or individual who invents a new, safer way to dispose of nuclear waste products.
We support giving income tax credits to companies that cut their carbon emissions as an incentive to cut pollution.
We want to encourage businesses to voluntarily cut pollution and give them financial incentives to do this. But if necessary, we will require them to do so.
We should give tax credits to homeowners and builders who incorporate alternative energy sources in their homes, like solar, wind, and geothermal energy.
Climate change and global warming are probably happening.
Human activity, such as burning fossil fuels, is a significant cause of climate change and global warming.
We support building more nuclear power plants to cut carbon emissions and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
We should hold city governments to the same standards for cleaning waste water as are applied to the private industry.
We are prepared to use public funds to purchase land to preserve green space and parks to protect natural areas from development, but especially with public and private partnerships.
TAXES AND JOBS
The federal income tax system is unfair.
The death tax should be abolished.
That capital gains tax (which should be called the tax of production) should be abolished.
We favor tax incentives for companies who headquarter their companies in the United States.
We should favor giving taxpayers the option of a single income tax rate of 17% Taxpayers would still have the option of filing the taxes in the current system if they choose.
The option of a single rate tax should give taxpayers the convenience of filing their taxes with just a single sheet of paper.
We favor the option of a single corporate tax rate of 17% that would lower taxes for some businesses that pay up to 38% while also closing loopholes that some corporations use to pay less in taxes.
The wealthiest should pay the same proportion of their income as everyone else.
The United States has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the industrialized world making it difficult for the U.S. corporations to compete internationally which gives incentive for companies to move overseas. This plan will make America a more attractive place for businesses that provide good paying jobs.
SOCIAL SECURITY AND RETIREMENT
It is important for the President and Congress to address the issue of social security in the next few years.
The current Social Security system is broken and if it isn't reformed, future generations will no longer have it as a safety net for retirement.
We should favor a Social Security proposal that would allow workers to invest around half of their Social Security taxes into Personal Social Security Savings Accounts that would pay for some of their retirement benefits. The money would then be invested in stocks and bond funds.
We favor a Social Security proposal in which Personal Social Security Savings Accounts would be optional, with workers given the choice to continue depending on the current system with the current benefits.
We support offering tax credits for people who turn in older, high-polluting cars.
We favor a Social Security proposal in which when a worker retires, he or she would use the money in the account to buy an annuity, which is a type of financial benefit that will give monthly payments for the rest of the worker's life. The annuity will pay at least the same amount as traditional Social Security would.
We favor this Social Security proposal because in the current system, workers cannot pass onto their family members the money they paid into Social Security. This would not be the case with this new plan.
We favor a Social Security proposal in which any money in the account left after the purchase of an annuity would be the property of the worker and the extra money can be left to family members at death.
RELIGION AND PUBLIC LIFE
References to "The Creator" in the Declaration of Independence are very important.
Keeping the reference "One Nation Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance is very important.
Children should be allowed a moment of silence to pray to themselves in public school if they desire.
We reject the 9th federal circuit court declaring the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional because the court believes that the Pledge's reference to "God" violates the separation of Church and State.
We approve of a Christmas tree or a Menorah being placed on public property during the holiday season.
We reject banning all prayer in public schools.
We support the right of high school students of saying thanks to God in a graduation speech.
It is important to have references to God in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Declaration of Independence because they make clear that certain rights can't be taken away by the government.
It is important to acknowledge today that the reference to God in the Declaration of Independence -- that we are endowed by our Creator with the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Public schools should teach more American history.
Separation between Church and State does not mean there can be no references to God in government-sanctioned activities or public buildings.
Many of the problems our country faces are because America is no longer as religious and moral as it once was and are not a result of changes in the economy, war, public education and other issues.
The best way to ensure religious freedom is to protect ALL religious references and symbols; including those on public buildings, lands or documents.
The Founding Fathers understood that religion and morality were important to creating and building this country, and talked about it regularly. This was understood throughout American history and is central to America's success today. We reject those who say that just because America has a 200-year history of religion in government doesn't make it right. We reject that this violates the U.S. Constitution and discriminates against those who are of other faiths or are not religious.
It is OK for religious references like God or the Creator to appear in the Pledge, the Declaration of Independence and in public places because these terms are respectful of ALL religions. We reject that the mention of God or the Creator is unwelcoming to atheists and people of different religious beliefs.
The phrase "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance is perfectly in line with the U.S. Constitution. We reject that this phrase violates the separation of Church and State.
Statements regarding religion and morality made by the Founding Fathers are just as important today as they were 200 years ago.
The language in the Pledge of Allegiance and Declaration of Independence is very important and must be protected. We reject the idea that times change and the language in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Declaration of Independence must change with the times.
We favor a law that allows public school children to take a moment of silence for prayer if they desire.
We favor a law to protect city, county, and state lands that have crosses or other religious symbols from being removed.
We favor allowing Congress overruling Supreme Court decisions by a two-thirds vote. Currently, Congress can overrule a presidential veto or propose a Constitutional Amendment with a two-thirds vote.
Congress should consider limiting federal judges to ten-year term limits.