Statement of Principles

Statement of Principles of the Reform Party of Kansas

    Set the Highest Ethical Standards For the White House and Congress

  • No more gifts.
  • No more trips or junkets paid for by special interests.
  • No more free meals.
  • Pass laws with specific penalties - not rules.
  • Give Congress and the White House the same retirement plans and health care as the average citizen.
    Continue to Balance the Budget

  • Develop a detailed blueprint to balance the budget.
  • Eliminate the practice of keeping some programs off-budget.
  • Pass the Balanced Budget Amendment.
  • Create an annual financial report in plain language so that the American people will know whether or not we are following the plan to balance the budget.
  • Give the President the Line Item Veto.
    Campaign Reform

  • Reduce the cost of campaigns by shortening the election cycle.
  • Vote on Saturdays and Sundays not Tuesdays - so working people can get to the polls.
  • Replace the Electoral College process for electing the President with a direct vote from the citizens so that every vote counts.
  • Prohibit announcements of exit polls until all voting has been completed in Hawaii.
  • Require Members of Congress to raise all money from voters in their districts, and require members of the Senate to raise all money from voters within their states.
    Term Limits

  • Limit Members of Congress to three terms in the House of Representatives and limit Senators to two terms in the Senate.
    Create a New Tax System

  • It must be fair.
  • It must be paper-less.
  • It must raise the money to pay the bills.
  • Require that any future tax increases under this new system be approved by the people in the next federal election, in order to impose discipline on spending.
    Carefully Put Together Plans to Deal with Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security

  • Explain these plans in detail to the American people.
  • Get a consensus.
  • Pilot test each of these programs before implementing them nationwide to make sure they produce the anticipated results at the anticipated cost.
  • Keep these programs dynamic, so they can be changed based on experience - don't freeze them with restrictive legislation.
    Promote U.S. Jobs

  • Negotiate trade agreement that promote American jobs, consumer safety, environmental protection, and fair trade.
  • Create a business environment that supports small business, which accounts for roughly 80 percent of jobs held by Americans today.
  • Trade agreements, tax reform health care reform, and other programs must reflect the needs of small business.
    Lobbying Reform

  • Prohibit former elected and appointed officials from ever taking money from foreign governments or foreign interests.
  • Prohibit any former federal employees - including elected officials - from ever working as a foreign lobbyist.
  • Allow foreign governments to provide information to our government through the State and Commerce Departments and the Executive Branch, but prohibit them from giving contributions or gifts of any kind.
  • Allow foreign representatives to visit with members of Congress, but under no circumstances allow them to give elected officials anything now or later.
  • Prohibit any former federal employees - including elected officials - from working as domestic lobbyists for five years after leaving government service.
  • Limit domestic lobbying to presenting their client's ideas to the Legislative and Executive Branches.
  • Prohibit domestic lobbyists from giving money, trips or other incentives to current or former members of the Legislative and Executive Branches.

Democracy and Sabbath-keeping

Why move away from the constitutional institution of the electoral college? There's a reason why the democrats want to do away with it - the electoral college empowers the lower-population areas of a state to hold their own against the big cities. Bad idea.

Also, why change the time-honored tradition of Tuesday votes? Most employers give their employees opportunity to vote. This change causes problems for Jews and Christians like myself who believe that the ten commandments are still morally binding. Planning to hire poll workers over Saturday and Sunday is a bad idea.

Thanks for the comments

Thanks for the comments, Nate.

The platform needs a lot of work.

Do you have any specific ideas for changes? These haven't been improved mainly because no one has the time to look them over that thoroughly.

Joseph Martin, Vice-Chairman
Reform Party of Kansas