Reform Party National Committee

Gerrymandering is a product of the spoils system. It is a tactic the two major parties use to take and maintain offices at the expense of the American People, and it has to end. Gerrymandering is the art of drawing district lines to pack as many straight line voting party members into a district, so that it will always elect a representative from a single party. It reduces competition and silences the voice of independent voters.

The first symptom of gerrymandering is that Congress has a six percent approval rate, and a ninety percent reelection rate. This is because only ten percent of Congressional districts are tossup districts, and competitive. The other ninety percent will always hold a member from a single party (either a Republican or Democrat). This means when the majority of the population disprove of the government, only ten percent of the representatives can be replaced.

A second symptom of gerrymandering is the loss of moderate voices in the Congress, and an increase of partisanship and polarization. The moderates are the candidates that win tossup districts, so with few tossup districts, there are few moderates to create compromises, and reduce far-right and far-left partisan friction.

The last symptom of gerrymandering is that it silences the will of the people. In the 2012 election, 59,645,531 people voted for Democratic Congressional Candidates, and 58,228,253 people voted for Republican candidates. Even though the Democrats had 48.8 percent of the vote, and the Republicans had 47.6 percent of the vote, the Republicans won 234 or 53 percent of Congressional seats and the Democrats won 201 or 46.2 percent of Congressional seats.

The Reform Party of the United States calls for the end of gerrymandering, and the addition of new guidelines for the creation of legislative districts. It also calls for the creation of independent, nonpartisan redistricting boards based on the Iowa redistricting system.

Open Letter to Congress and the President Regarding Trade

Dear Congress Members and President Barack Obama,

The Reform Party of North Carolina is writing this letter to urge you to vote against expanding free trade and reform existing trade treaties. Free trade agreements have damaged our economy and exported jobs overseas.

Since the start of free trade agreements with NAFTA in 1992, America’s trade deficit rose from 39.2 billion dollars to 559.8 billion in 2011, or an increase of over 1428 percent. The increase in this deficit was caused by the outsourcing of jobs, and the exploitation of unregulated environments and labor overseas.

During that time the American Economy has moved further towards dependence on service based jobs and away from manufacturing.  This has hurt working class Americans, because manufacturing workers make more on average. The average manufacturing worker in 2011 made 77,060 dollars including pay and benefits compared to an average salary of a service worker, which was under 48,000 including pay and benefits.

For these reasons the Reform Party asks Congress to halt the expansion of free trade agreements, including voting no on the Save Our Industries Act, and reforming WTO, NAFTA, CAFTA and other free trade treaties in a way that benefits the economy.

Sincerely,

Nicholas Hensley,

Lead Organizer

Reform Party of North Carolina

Reform Party Statement on America’s Fiscal and Economic Health

Barack Obama’s approval rating is at an all-time low. Congressional job approval is currently a dismal 8.9 percent. These numbers symbolize America’s growing frustration with their government officials, and the culture on Capitol Hill.

Over the past thirteen years the Republicans and Democrats have taken turns running and mismanaging the country. Their actions have damaged the country’s economy, fiscal future, and general wellbeing. These three items took the United States generations to build, and have been damaged to an extent that it will take decades for them to recover.

In 2000 Republican George Bush took office. At that time the country was at peace, the economy was in an upswing, and the government budget was balanced. Prior to Bush taking office the government had a debt worth 5.6 trillion dollars and it was shrinking.

When Bush left, eight years later, the country was in two wars. The debt had risen to over ten trillion dollars, and the economy had been thrown in to a recession.

In 2008 Barack Obama took over as president. During the first year of his presidency the Democrats had a veto proof majority in the Senate and a large majority in the House of Representatives. His first two major legislative victories were the creation of a giant spending project that cost the country trillions of dollars, and the passage of a heath care act that was poorly executed.

By the end of his first term in 2012, the Democrats raised the national debt to 16 trillion dollars. Due to poor economic policy, and the expansion of free trade, trade deficits have risen dramatically. These trade deficits, along with poor handling of the economy, contribute to a prolonged economic recovery.

The Reform Party wishes to address the problems related to America’s fiscal health, economy and wellbeing. The party believes that its solutions lay the best course for the America’s future.

Through trade deals such as NAFTA, CAFTA and the WTO the Democrats and Republicans have expanded free trade. Since the start of free trade agreements with NAFTA in 1992, America’s trade deficit rose from 39.2 billion dollars to 559.8 billion in 2011, or an increase of over 1428 percent. The increase in this deficit was caused by the outsourcing of jobs, and the exploitation of unregulated environments and labor overseas.

The Reform Party proposes that trade agreements be reformed in ways that end free trade, and bring jobs back to the United States. The party believes that new trade deals should benefit both the United States and its trading partners. No one side of a trade deal should reap all rewards.

The Reform Party wishes to reform American tax law. The current tax code consists of over a million words and over 3,450 pages. The tax code contains numerous problems including, but not limited to, loopholes that favor some over others, and unnecessary provisions.

The party wishes to put together a simple, easy to follow tax code with few loopholes. This tax code would be revenue neutral and not benefit one person or corporation over another.

The United States has a patchwork regulatory system. Years of mismanagement have left some sectors of the economy over regulated and other sectors poorly regulated. The Reform Party wishes to make a line by line review of all existing regulation. During this review, the Reform Party will propose legislation to regulate what needs more regulating, and cut regulations that need to be cut.

Government spending has run ramped. In 2013 the country faces a deficit of 680 billion dollars. This deficit will feed a debt of over 17 trillion dollars. The Reform Party proposes cutting spending by reigning in social safety programs, reorganizing departments and agencies, reducing waste in the defense budget, reducing fraud, improving government accounting systems and cutting unnecessary programs. This spending reform would be the largest in history.

Once America’s spending is cut to a manageable level, the Reform Party will work to create a balance budget amendment to stop unnecessary borrowing. It would also put together a plan to pay outstanding government debts within 25 years.

In 2014 the Reform Party will run members for local, state and federal office. Without people in office, these proposals will just be dreams. To turn these dreams into reality, the Reform Party needs your support.

Several Facts about American Foreign Trade

- The last time the United States had a trade surplus was 1975.

- The United States has had a growing trade deficit with China since 1985, and its largest trade deficits are with Asian nations.

- According to government data, since the start of free trade agreements with NAFTA in 1992, America’s trade deficit rose from 39.2 billion dollars to 559.8 billion in 2011, or an increase of over 1428 percent. The increase in this deficit was caused by the outsourcing of jobs, and the exploitation of unregulated environments and labor overseas.

- According to government data, before the start of the Central America Free Trade Agreement, the United States had trade surpluses with most nations involved. Now the United States has trade deficits with most.

- A 2011 opinion poll showed the American public has moved from “broad opposition” to “overwhelming opposition” toward NAFTA-style trade deals. An NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll from September 2010 revealed that “the impact of trade and outsourcing is one of the only issues on which Americans of different classes, occupations and political persuasions agree” with 86% believing that outsourcing jobs “a top cause of our economic woes,” and 69% indicating that “free trade agreements between the United States and other countries cost the U.S. jobs.” Only 17% of Americans in 2010 felt that “free trade agreements” benefit the U.S., compared to 28% in 2007.

Abraham Lincoln’s Axe

“This is Abraham Lincoln’s axe. Its handle has been replaced three times and the head has been replaced four times. This is Abraham Lincoln’s axe.” – Modern version of Theseus’s Paradox

Theseus’s Paradox raises the question of whether an object which has had all its components replaced remains fundamentally the same object. The paradox is most notably recorded by Plutarch in Life of Theseus from the late 1st century. Plutarch asked whether a ship which was restored by replacing each and every one of its wooden parts, remained the same ship.

Using this paradox, it is possible to analyze the Republican Party. A common Republican talking point is that the Republican Party is “the party of Abraham Lincoln”. Lincoln was president in the 1860s, but is the party still the same party?

It is true the party has the same name, but it is different in many ways.

The Republican Party was a liberal party in its early days. It promoted high tariffs on trade goods with a strong stance on manufacturing. This kind of progressive attitude lasted until the presidency of progressive Republican Theodore Roosevelt. During that time they regulated the economy, busted up monopolies, created conservationist policies and made strides to further civil rights.

Compare the early Republicans to the Republicans of today. Modern Republicans have taken a far right turn, and are no longer the party of Lincoln. Today’s Republicans favor free trade, no economic regulation and outsource jobs, and are pro-business. They’ve worked to suppress the vote of minorities, and work to cut conservationist policies.

The same truth applies to the Democrats. The Democrats sometimes call their party “the party of Jefferson”, but in no way do they embody Jefferson’s ideals. Jefferson expressed a dislike and distrust for banks and bankers, yet banking institutions give large sums of money to Democratic candidates. He stood for a small federal government, but the Democrats advocate for increasing the government role in day to day life.

The Democratic and Republican Parties are not the parties of Jefferson and Lincoln. Their components have been replaced again and again until they morphed into something else.

Reform Party Stands Against an Asian-Pacific Free Trade Deal

Government officials have announced that they are nearing the completion of a trade deal with America’s Asian and Pacific trading partners. This trade deal would expand free trade with Australia, Malaysia, Japan, China and other countries in the region.

According to government statistics America’s trade deficits have increased due to free trade in other regions. Before the start of the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), the United States had trade surpluses with most nations involved. Now the United States has trade deficits with most. The same data shows that since the start of free trade agreements with NAFTA in 1992, America’s trade deficit rose from 39.2 billion dollars to 559.8 billion in 2011, or an increase of over 1428 percent.

The United States’ largest trade deficits are with Asian countries. Based off trends with CAFTA and NAFTA, it is safe to assume that a free trade deal with these nations will increase deficits.

The Reform Party stands against expanding free trade in any way. The party believes that it stands on the side of the American people.  A 2011 opinion poll showed the American public has moved from “broad opposition” to “overwhelming opposition” toward NAFTA-style trade deals. An NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll from September 2010 revealed that “the impact of trade and outsourcing is one of the only issues on which Americans of different classes, occupations and political persuasions agree” with 86% believing that outsourcing jobs “a top cause of our economic woes,” and 69% indicating that “free trade agreements between the United States and other countries cost the U.S. jobs.” Only 17% of Americans in 2010 felt that “free trade agreements” benefit the U.S., compared to 28% in 2007.

The Reform Party stands with the majority against expanding free trade. The Reform Party calls on the US Legislature to vote NO on any expansion of free trade. The Reform Party calls on President Barack Obama to VETO any legislation that would expand free trade.