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The Trinitarian Collective Party
The Trinitarian Collective Party
“It is time for all powers to take a proactive approach to the opportunity, success and quality of life of their supporters; the people.”
The Trinitarian Party was created with the unification of all major and lesser powers of influence in our country for the betterment of our countries citizens. We believe that through a union of government, big business with supervision given to the voters our country can go beyond economic recovery to a place of economic independence on an international, national and citizen level. The following is a summary of our positions on social, domestic and foreign issues.
A. Social Issues
1. Drug Abuse and Treatment (Creation of policies that increase practitioner educational requirements and improve treatment options.)
It is our goal to ensure the instilment of higher standards in regards to qualifications for substance abuse counseling and a higher success rate of treatment. In 2010 the Department of Health and Human Services reported admission to treatment as a result of substance abuse around 1.6 million nationwide, of these 984,879 had received prior treatment1 or more times (DHHS, 2010). That means that more than half the people who enter into treatment are readmitted post treatment. The rate of recidivism could be decreased with augmentations to programs starting with increased educational requirements of practitioners and inclusion of life and social skills resistance training (Botvin GJ, Baker E, Dusenbury L, Botvin EM & Diaz T., 1995)
2. Child Welfare & Safety (Mandated parenting Course inclusive of stress management, childhood developmental psychology and life skills training)
Our children are not only our future but a reflection of their past. It is imperative that as a country we adopt a more hands on and communal approach to parenthood and the raising of our nation’s children. By instituting the requirement of specific parenting classes such as early childhood development, stress management, behavioral therapy and nutrition for expecting or planning parents we can ensure the success of our future generations by providing a nurturing, stable and healthy environment.
3. Educational Reform (extension of mandatory school to require completion and award of a Bachelor’s degree level of education.
In line with our approach to educated parenting a movement toward educational reform will also be necessary to adequately prepare our nation’s children for not only movement on to further education but prepare them also to handle the various socio-emotional experiences they will encounter. Inclusion of life skills training, leadership skills, basic psychology and mandatory community service could greatly increase the likelihood of these students managing their relationships and thus their lives more successfully. It is also our position that it would benefit our nation’s youth and therefore our country’s future if the educational requirement of 12 years was extended to 4 years of subsequent collegiate education. By doing this our children would leave school making an average of 50% more than they would have without education beyond 12 years (U.S Department of Education, 2012)
4. Unified Human Sustainability
(A Resource based communal approach to society for the strengthening of our nation’s people and their family’s futures)
It is our belief that the creation and implementation of a universal tax percentage based on income could easily be garnered and used to provide the basic human needs of all of our citizens. Take for example an individual netting $10 billion in one year. If this individual or entity paid a 2% tax it would generate $200 million in tax revenue. According to the 2000 Census there were around 1.2 million people worked as chief executive netting a median income of $81, 590 (). If just these individuals contributed 25 annually another $1.9 billion would also be generated. On a much grander scale a 2% tax on all personal income in the United States in 2011 would have generated $258,998,100,000. This money could have been used to help provide basic needs for those who are otherwise unable to provide them for themselves. What would the impact of this tax be on poverty level people and the federal and state spending on welfare benefits?
- Domestic Issues
1. Fair and adequate compensation for services provided. (Profit margin limits, paid wage based on profit percentage of business with set minimum.)
When companies and/or businesses benefit from the work of their employees the employees should benefit also. The instillation of percentage based pay would create drive for employees to ensure the success of the company through their performance. This is a grand step and may not be received by the business community very well. However, by companies sharing their success the quality of life and the individual’s ability to help stimulate the economy would greatly increase. It is safe to say that this increase in income may also help lower the amount of state and federal aid needed for welfare services.
2. Elimination of poverty through appropriate wealth redistribution (livable wages)
It is this party’s position that the minimum wage should be set according to the area and state in which the individual lives. A federal wage of $7.50 per hour is not a livable wage. Because business are too often focused on expansion and profit requiring that the employees be paid as little as possible for the maximum amount of work possible. Where does this leave the employee, the very people that allow the business to survive through production and consumption? If as a country we are to truly prosper we must take a selfless approach to the welfare of our nation’s citizens. It is not only up to the individual to work hard but it is also up to the company to compensate them for it and the government through policy and law to hold all accountable. We can no longer be a nation of individuals striving for their own success. We must become a nation of individuals striving for the success of their nation.
3. Penal System Reform. (Mandated Education, community service work, Counseling and release terms such as employment, housing etc.)
The prison populous in the United States is around 218,000 inmates. A study conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics reported an alarming “67.5% of inmates released were rearrested within 3 years. This clearly shows that our penal system is only designed to effectively contain the offenders rather than rehabilitate them. From the same study it was found that the highest percentile of arrests resulted from some type of theft (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2012). Therefore it is imperative that we reform our penal system with a rehabilitative framework and impose educational and employment requirements for inmates to be released. This will increase the likelihood that the inmate will become and remain a contributing member to society rather than another recidivism statistic.
4. Elimination of bias financially influenced political campaigns and governmental process. (Impose caps on government spending; remove private funding for campaigns with a set amount granted by tax payers to all candidates).
For any of the previous suggestions to happen the way political campaigns and the general operations through monetary influence must be changed. How can the people rely on their representatives when the representatives are subjected to the need for campaign money of funds to maintain a higher life style that they could not acquire without acceptance of contributions? Unfortunately these contributions are attached to a private individual of influence who may use this as leverage to further their own interests. An easy example of this is tobacco. The fact is is that tobacco kills almost half a million people annually in the United States and around almost 9 million live with an illness related top tobacco use (CDC, 2012). How can a product that causes massive healthcare costs and death be legal when less harmful addictive substances are? It is a result of people with very large amounts of financial influence lobbying for the companies producing the products. Over 303 million packs of cigarettes were sold in the U.S in 2010. If the average cost per pack was around $5 that would make just the sale of cigarettes worth around $1.5 billion annually (CDC, 2012). This type of influence should have no place in government as it inevitably will cause bias creation and implementation of policy or the lack-there-of.
- Foreign Policy
1. Reduction of Foreign Aid. (From a financially solid platform the country would be better able to help those outside our borders)
In 2009 the U.S Government spent around $92 trillion dollars in foreign aid (U.S Census Bureau, 2012). How this was done we are unsure but that would mean with a population around 308 million that each person in the U.S could have received around $300,000. That would be true economic stimulation. As it stands the average person lives modestly to support the upper class while the very government they instilled to protect us from this calamity send trillions of dollars over seas. Clearly our nation’s health and success of it people should be a primary concern.
2. Reliance of foreign fuel sources (creation of independent clean energy through restructure of energy providing companies)
Our nation imported around 268 million barrels of crude oil in August of 2012. What would happen if we were suddenly cut off from this supply? Beyond the various substances that can be made from crude oil the most vital to our society is fuel. It seems extremely hazardous to put such a crucial need in the hands of any other nation but our own. New energy technologies must be funded and explored for our country to attain independence with regards to our fuel sources. This is another area where the three major entities of “the people, the government and the corporations” must work together. The change to a different source of energy would ideally be clean and abundant enough to be free. However this need not be a requirement. Through cooperative reform the corporations and government could work together to insure minimal loss to oil companies and help transition to new energy source production.
3. Reduction of Military involvement overseas (troops act in defense of homeland and the interests determined by the people)
Since the start of the Gulf War in 1994 there has been a constant military presence “overseas”. The amount of money this costs the American tax payers must be astounding, not to mention the heart ache, psychological damage and loss the solders families may suffer. It is understandable that some military action is necessary across our borders yet there is no control or influence from the voters. Because our constitution allows the federal government to declare war or pursue military action independent of the voters consent the interest of “the people” is only being served in the opinion of a few. The attention of our military forces should be allocated to defending our nation and creating a system of defense that is not only on a government level but individual as well.
4. Unified form of government.
We believe that the creation of a system of government in which voters, government and corporations work cohesively with the intent of creating a sustainable society where all basic human needs are met for those who contribute is imperative to the survival of liberty and freedom in our country. By removing the separation of business and government and allowing for supervision and direction of these entities by the populous it is possible to bring the course of our nation’s economy, health and success together for everyone.
The only demographic group that I believe would not support The Trinitarian Collective Party is the demographic group of Whites who are 65 and over and make $100,000 or more annually. This demographic group has shown more support for The Republican Party than any other demographic group, as evidenced by the 2008 election data (University of Connecticut, 2012). The Republican Party consistently supports tax breaks and tax shelters for the rich, while maintaining an “every man for his self” view of society. In opposition to this the demographic group of white men and women, age 18-29 making less than $30,000 annually would in all probability be the most supportive of the Trinitarian platform because it supports and promotes solutions to the financial and social issues dealt with by them. I also believe that most demographic groups inclusive of age, sex race and income with exception given to the previously discussed demographic group, would also support this platform.
I believe that a majority of all regions would be supportive of the Trinitarian Collective Party because the platform presented is supportive of all levels of income and social class with exceptions regarding the elitists and the people considered to live in poverty receiving tax funded federal and/or state aid. Although this platform supports a better distribution of the wealth in the United States it also promotes accountability of the citizens to contribute as much as the government and financial district Of course there would be opposition yet I believe this would be a small enough percent that it would not hold pertinent influence. At an astounding 15% poverty level, with a median household income of roughly $23,000 annually it stands to reason that the majority of the population would be supportive of the Trinitarian Platform (huffingtonpost.com, 2012).
The democratic and Republican Parties would most likely find points of contention and support. As the Trinitarian Collective Party is supportive of the lowering of taxes in addition to a more fiscally responsible financial and governmental district, I believe that both parties would find areas of support. However, there are areas that would likely invoke stark resistance from either side such as higher pay for employees and voter determined military action. Perhaps the areas of support from both parties would allow each to recognize the benefit of mutual compromise presented by the platform for the betterment of the people that support these power systems.
The main idea behind the Trinitarian Collective Party is the promotion of a synergistic union between the private, financial and political entities in our nation. The dependence and consumption promoted by the ever present struggle between them for control is the cause of much unneeded strife and the impedance to our actualization as a nation.
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