Increase taxes on the wealthy to pay for public programs.
taxes for everyone helps the economy.
current tax code is way too complicated and getting more
complicated all the time. My opinion is that the country
needs to move towards a simpler, taxation structure to
not only make it easier for people to pay their taxes,
but also to make it easier to determine when people
aren’t paying their fair share. At this time, I also do
not believe it is necessary to lower or increase taxes.
The current level of tax revenues is fair and necessary
given the present needs of the country. I do not believe
in increasing taxes for two reasons:
First, in the long
run, increased taxes are often counterproductive to
overall revenue. Second, increased taxes only lead to
increased government spending and I believe the Federal
Government already has plenty of our money to spend.
Maintain or reduce military spending; expand veteran’s benefits; act in
concert with other nations and/or with support from NATO
and the UN.
Republicans: Increase military spending; cut
veteran’s benefits; don’t be constrained by other
nations or by NATO and the UN.
Frank: We do not need to be the world’s
policeman. For one thing, most other countries resent
it. Second, we aren’t very good at it. We are in places
we shouldn’t be and not in places we should be, so let’s
not be anywhere unless we are asked and there is a
compelling reason for us to be there. If a dictator in
Africa is allowing people to hack the arms off of each
other, then maybe we have a moral obligation (not the
right) to do something to stop it. Beyond that, we
shouldn’t be spending all of our money stationing our
soldiers all over the world. “Walk softly and carry a
big stick” was excellent advice. I propose that we stick
to that advice by greatly reducing our presence overseas
and focusing our attention on the defense of our
Oppose/It's not a deterrent and innocent people are in jeopardy.
Republicans: Favor/The death penalty is necessary
Frank: As an individual I am not opposed to
the death penalty, but I truly believe this is a State
issue. I also, however, believe that the death penalty
system has gotten to the point where it is becoming not
only impractical, but also economically unfeasible. I
see the system slowly moving away from death to life in
prison without parole.
Democrats: Favor/Gun control is needed.
Republicans: Oppose/Gun control is
Frank: Although the Federal Government has
instituted several nationwide gun laws, I believe that
further gun control or ownership issues are more
properly addressed on the state and local level. It is
up to the individual states to establish the laws that
they feel are fair and necessary concerning the
ownership and use of guns. As an outdoorsman, hunter and
recreational shooter, I do not see guns as inherently
evil and believe that further action by the Federal
Government to restrict gun ownership is not necessary.
Strong regulations needed to protect the environment.
Republicans: Strong environmental laws harm
Frank: I am an outdoorsman. There is nothing I enjoy
more than hiking through open spaces, hunting and
fishing. I also have children and am worried about what
resources they will have as they, and hopefully someday,
their children, grow older. Naturally, I am for
protecting the environment. However, there is a give and
take to everything. As the country continues to grow so
will our demands for space and natural resources. I
believe that the environment can be protected and
nurtured while still being used for the greater good of
all Americans. Sometimes that will require a set-aside
of certain areas of the country as protected
environments and sometimes that will require that we
exploit the land and minerals to keep our country going.
Will everyone be happy with my decisions? Probably not,
but as a President that is independent of the influences
of the major parties, I can always make my decisions
based on the best information and the best interests of
our country, both today and in the future.
Government should require universal access to healthcare.
Republicans: Private insurers are
preferable to government mandates.
While I believe that our system of healthcare works
fairly well, something must be done to make it more
affordable for the middle class. Health care is easy for
the rich and, while not perfect, widely accessible for
the poor. It is the middle class that is being unfairly
burdened with health care costs. Between the costs of
often frivolous liability lawsuits and taking care of
large numbers of illegal aliens, the healthcare system
is being burdened with a tremendous amount of extra
expenses. In turn, those expenses are being passed
along to people that make enough to afford insurance,
but upon whom it is becoming a much greater burden with
each passing day.
Flag burning is political speech and protected by the
Republicans: Protect the flag from burning
by a constitutional amendment.
Frank: I don't think flag burning is an issue
that requires a Constitutional amendment for the simple
reason that if no one got overly excited about it, then
it wouldn't be any big deal to do it. Flag burners
are like little children trying to do something bad to
get their parents' attention. If a parent ignores
the behavior, the child stops. Same with flag
burning. Aren't there more important things to
worry about than whether or not someone burns a flag now
Democrats: Oppose privatization and oppose
raising retirement age.
Republicans: Social Security privatization will
keep the system solvent.
Frank: Social Security was established as a safety net
for people at a time when people were not expected to
live much past the age when Social Security became
effective. Fortunately for us, but unfortunately for the
program, people are living much longer these days and
are also able to work much longer. I believe that for
Social Security to continue to be a viable program for
future generations that the retirement age at which one
may start to collect social security must continue to
The Patriot Act
Democrats: Strengthen some parts of Patriot Act
and change other parts.
Republicans: The Patriot Act is used to track
In some ways the Patriot Act is the scariest thing to
happen to the civil liberties of the American People
since the founding of our country. Not all provisions of
the Act are bad, but I think it was cobbled together too
quickly and may be far too overreaching in the long run.
Democrats: Path for undocumented aliens to earn
Republicans: Only legal immigrants, through
tightly controlled borders.
Frank: I am all for legal immigration which is
accomplished in a rational, planned way. If we were to
just throw open our doors to the world, we would be
inundated with new arrivals. America has a tremendous
capacity to deal with new people, create new jobs and
provide everyone with a great place to live, but we need
to be able to do it rationally. The current wave of
illegal immigrants that has hit the country are causing
a serious strain on our social system and we need to
slow the onslaught down in order to give our country
time to catch up.
Appointment of Judges
Democrats: Appoint judges committed to
Republicans: Stop activist
judges from banning Pledge & Ten Commandments.
I firmly believe in a serious separation between the
three branches of government and do not like activist
judges that use try to use their position on the bench
to set new laws and establish new policies. The judges I
appoint will be moderates who do not have a tendency
towards political activism and who also believe in a
strong separation between the different branches of the
Federal Government, but also in a separation between the
Federal and state governments.
Prayer in School
Oppose/Violation of the separation between church and state.
Republicans: Favor/It is a religious right and our
Once again, this is a State and local issue. I
send my children to Catholic school so for me personally
it is not an issue. However, I believe that the
separation of church and state issue has gotten blown
way out of proportion. The initial separation of
Church and State as conceived by the Founding Fathers
was to prevent the establishment of a state religion.
Believe me, I never want to see the establishment of a
state religion as current history shows that doesn’t
seem to work real well.
Democrats: Abortion is a woman’s right and
should be legal.
Republicans: Abortion should be illegal and
restricted by government.
Frank: Having spoken with people who have
been faced with the decision of getting an abortion or
not, I realize it is probably one of the most difficult
decisions most women can ever make in their lives and
one rarely forgotten. My preference would be that
no one would ever feel that they have to get or
contemplate an abortion for any reason. However, I
also believe that this is a moral issue that is best
decided by a woman, her family, friends and religious