By Melanie Nathan, Dec 02, 2011
Yesterday, Fred Karger launched his issues campaign. It was my pleasure to write an article for the Advocate that posted at the moment of Karger’s launch. While still a staunch Democrat and supporter of President Obama, I believe that I am still obligated to provide Fred Karger, the first ever gay candidate for President, with my support during this primary period.
Now this might not sound typically Republican, – as a moderate independent Republican Karger has the fortitude to show America that Republicans can be gay too and to show gays that gays can be Republicans too:-
Karger’s job plan includes The Employment Non-discrimination Act, (ENDNA) and
Fred Karger says: “Every American deserves the right to work in an environment free from discrimination. As President I would immediately work to pass the Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would help every American feel safe and secure in his or her job, regardless of sex, age, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.”
And the rest of it:-
- Create a web program, Jobs.gov, to connect employers with perspective employees. The program would use a viral marketing campaign to help put America back to work.
- Provide tax credits to help relocate families to fill available jobs.
- Facilitate Public-Private Partnerships between business, high schools, community colleges, technical schools and the government to train Americans and help place them in these jobs.
We need to stop the bleeding of American jobs to countries like China and India.
- We must incentivize or even penalize companies who move American jobs overseas.
- We must work to bring labor and management together to stop the loss of jobs to our competitor countries.
Entrepreneurs are the essence of the American Spirit and the source of a majority of all new jobs in this country. We need to invest far more into developing entrepreneurs.
- Create a one-time tax holiday for American companies to repatriate the $1.1 trillion in profits that they have parked overseas.
- Instead of American corporations paying the 35% tax rate on these corporate earnings, they would instead be assessed a flat 7.5% onetime fee. This revenue would be used to create the American Entrepreneur’s Trust, to be administered and run by Warren Buffet, America’s Greatest Entrepreneur.
- With the $45 – $82.5 billion in startup capital, the American Entrepreneur’s Trust would provide low interest microloans to a new generation of entrepreneurs.
- The government would complement the American Entrepreneur’s Trust by helping create a new wave of American Entrepreneurs.
- Entrepreneurs.gov would bring the Small Business Administration (SBA) into the 21st Century to utilize the power of the Internet and help connect entrepreneurs directly with investors, mentors and peers.
- Utilize retired businessmen and women to mentor these budding entrepreneurs and expand on the great work of SCORE and other mentorship programs.
- The SBA and mentors would teach new entrepreneurs exactly how to create business proposals and loan applications for their specific businesses.
The President has the power of the Bully Pulpit and can work with business and consumers to promote American made goods.
- Work with large retailers to feature American made goods in special “Made in America” departments.
We need to dramatically rethink unemployment benefits to get the long term unemployed working again.
- Companies hiring an unemployed American can utilize up to six-months of the new worker’s unemployment benefits to supplement his or her salary.
- Instead of paying unemployed workers for not working, have the government and the private sector share in the salary of newly hired employees who go back to work.
American ingenuity has made America the envy of the world.
- Bring the patent review period from the current 3 to 5 years back to the 3-month process that Thomas Edison enjoyed for his inventions. Create an expedited 1-month expedited patent approval process for a higher fee.
- End Fee Diversion by Congress from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) into the general budget.
- Institute 21st century technology into the USPTO to expedite and simplify patent applications.
- Create a Patent Review Board to examine all patent complaints and only allow those with merit to become patent infringement civil suits.
Every American deserves the right to work in an environment free from discrimination. As President I would immediately work to pass the Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would help every American feel safe and secure in his or her job, regardless of sex, age, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.
VIA FRED KARGER PRESS RELEASE-
Please read this wonderful column by Melanie Nathan where she said this about the commercial, “Again in green-screened debate and spoofy consistency, Karger charges in like a knight to rescue the sullied elite at the very moment the hetero normative Romney-Cain-Perry-Gingrich clan stumble, unable even to offer canned pitches — and through editing brilliance of Lapniski, Karger pulls off a real jobs advertisement.”
Posted on Advocate.com December 01, 2011 11:25:36 AM ET
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With the launch of a commercial addressing voters’ top priority, Melanie Nathan makes the case for why LGBT people should back Republican Fred Karger in the New Hampshire primary.
By Melanie Nathan, op-ed contributor
When Fred Karger announced last year that he was running as the first openly gay candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, the decision seemed odd to many of us in the LGBT community. Now that almost a year has passed, Karger’s bid is more purposeful and a phenomenon that ought to be embraced by our community. (MORE…)
New York Fundraiser
Thursday, December 15, 2011 at the Italian Villa of Howard Kaplan and Peter Sands
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Chicago Fundraiser and Book Signing
Sunday, December 18, 2011 at the magnificent home of Mary Lu and Ken Roffe
Here are three great stories that came out this week:
Jewish Journal by Jonah Lowenfeld
The SeacoastOnline.com New Hampshire by Charles McMahon
Keene Sentinel by Steve Hooper