My name is Ted Rusk. I will be running for President of the United States of America in 2020! I will be running as a Democrat. I am starting this website to voice my concerns regarding our country! I was born in Evansville, Indiana and raised in Daviess County, Indiana. I was a Republican from 1981 until 2000. I switched over to the Democrat Party because they seemed to care more about Union, great paying, American jobs. During the 80's and 90's Democrats were opposed to free trade and totally against an open border. While in California for 16 years I noticed that the Democrats were not doing well. Then Trump came along. I understood Trump. We from the Midwest are much more straightforward than Trump! So last year I decided to run for a U.S. House seat (CA-39). You all can google the Diamond Bar, League of Women Voters forum in January 2018. My fellow Democrats treated me like crap, call me names, tried to paint me as an anti immigrant racist....all because I was saying Trump is correct on those two items : trade and the border!
We have become so divided that we have forgotten how to solve any problems anymore. Budget deficits run heavy for 30+ years. Our trade deficit has spiraled out of control for 30+ years. Our dramatically increased immigration levels, both legal and illegal, have caused wages to remain flat for 25 years! The 30 year nightmare is coming to an end for Americans! Trump has shaken the "right" but doesn't have enough support from the establishment, Republicans and Democrats, to do anything more than brush a few crumbs off the table for the starving masses who have been screwed by free trade and open borders for 30+ years!
We can have a secure border (a wall) and still be compassionate to the undocumented people here. Now we surely need to sort through all of them and deport many of the bad guys. But the rest should be offered a Greencard for $2000-10,000. And then current immigration level should be rolled back dramatically with the exception of Cuba and Philippines. Those two island nations should be all given "special status" as former colonies. Greencards for all Filipinos and Cubans!
We can continue trade with all of the countries but let's require that trade shall be balanced! The other countries like China, will need to take John Deere tractors, Caterpillar heavy equipment and Peterbilt trucks or face tariffs. We will treat it just as a simple accounting issue.
So here is the path to the change that our country desperately needs at this time. When I ran for congress in January of 2018 I first signed up to Facebook and Twitter. I realized how far we have come on the technology in this country in such a short time. The internet has been around 20 or so years. Social media and smart phones have only been around 10 or so years. I then realized how much power that the people in America, as well as the world, now have it the tips of their fingers. I saw an opportunity to use today's technology to come together as Americans and stand up to all of those establishment politicians who have led us astray for so many years!
The American Workers Party will be an organization that is solidly in the middle and has no loyalty or leanings to any party. We have our platform started here and I will add one new item to the list every month until Election Day 2020! We will use this AWP to pressure all politicians to either support our core principles or be voted out! I would also encourage all people over 25 to run for U.S. House seats. No need to have money, be able to do public speaking or give interviews! Just sign up to run in either Party and state that you are the AWP supporter!
Below are a few very "big ticket" items that Democrats, Libertarians and Republicans can each find something to agree on! Please help support me and my cause by sending the page to friends, sharing this page on social media and if you would like to send me a couple bucks I would surely appreciate that too!
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Thank you for taking your time to read! May God always bless our country!
IMMIGRATION - GREENCARDS NOW!
I will obtain GREENCARDS for all of our non-criminal, undocumented immigrants in 2019, by agreeing to give Trump his $20 Billion for border security. Any candidate who will not take that pledge obviously doesn't love the undocumented as much as I do. Think back to 2008, ten years ago, when Obama promised it was the number one priority. With a DEM House and a DEM Senate he did nothing. When he wanted re-elected in 2012 he once again stated that this time it will really be my number one item. So we got DACA, nothing more than an executive order that everyone should have know was just another order that can be reversed by the next president! These undocumented immigrants have been in limbo for so many years as politicians talk, talk, talk! We have not had amnesty since Reagan in 1986. That is way too long. We will need a secure border! We will need to deport all of the criminal types and such. But let's make that deal to spare these people the mental anguish of waiting for ICE to break their doors down during the night.
AFGHANISTAN - GET OUT!
This forgotten war was started under a Republican. It was continued by an anti-war Democrat. This Republican (Trump) ran on getting out of Afghanistan. Let's take that opportunity to tell the defense lobby: sorry but no more gravy train! This war is the longest the U.S.A. has ever fought! We didn't even spend this much time breaking from the Brits. It has cost us $2 Trillion! $80 Billion a year flushed down the toilet every year that would go a long way on helping this homeless crisis and "real" healthcare reform!
TRADE - MADE IN USA
We can bring our manufacturing jobs back like the unions of the 60's would have suggested. Democrats used to help "factory" unions. I don't see that anymore! Trump ran on this issue of bringing back manufacturing. We need to go after these Midwestern manufacturing jobs if we ever expect to win the presidency again! A simple flat tariff to attempt to bring each nation into balance. The level will be set by each country. That is to say, if they want the current level of trade then they merely need to purchase the same amount as they sell us. Don't let the DNC convince you that the jobs will all be automated and won't make a difference. That is what they have to say when working for the cheap-labor lobby! There will be a lot of high tech jobs maintaining those machines as well as truck drivers and office workers.
MILITARY - PAY TO PLAY
We should stop protecting, for free, wealthy countries that have been taking advantage of our generous nature for decades. Japan, Germany and Korea should help us bear the cost of this presence. We now have troops in so many countries that we are shocked now and then when we find out soldiers were killed in Niger or Yemen. It is time to rebuild the United Nations to handle these small skirmishes that pop up from time to time.
BUDGET - BALANCE IT
When I graduated high school our national debt, after 205 years, was $1 Trillion. I am still not retired and it is now $20 Trillion! Neither party will touch this issue. I will! It needs to be balanced. Cut a lot of spending first! Then a simple and fair tax code. Then let's see how much money we have leftover
Bernies' "Medicare for all" is a great idea. It is a huge step away from our ACA sell out. Medicare still relies on private doctors and hospitals doing the work. And we all know what happens when government deals with private enterprise, right? Watch some documentaries about Medicare/Medicaid abuse and fraud. That is why I would suggest that we get some real, honest-to-god government ran healthcare as in we, the U.S. government, offers us an insurance policy for catastrophic care through the VA hospital system. Costs should run between $200 per year up to $3000 per year based on your income. We will then upgrade the VA system to bring wait times down to "walk-ins only"!
The tale of two parties!
Once upon a time, when I was in high school the two parties in this country actually worked together solving problems. Later, we actually had amnesty for undocumented in 1986!
Then special interests hatched a wonderful idea: Instead of gambling on one party...why don't we place bets on both parties. That is about the time we started getting pretend fights over issues (immigration ever year) and when they also began sweeping issues off of the table and they would concentrate on smaller issues and even screw those up. Remember the "do not call list" so we don't have to answer robocalls? Instead of passing a law that says you may not call someone pitching anything unless the person has asked to be called, they set up a website where we had to sign up in order to not be called. Of course it only handled the dying landlines and also exempted many special interests groups too. Here is what the two parties agreed to during the years of the 70's, 80's 90's and 2000's.
Now we sit at a fork in the road. We are at the beginning stages of a revolution! The beauty of this revolution is that there will be no violence. This will be America's first revolution after almost a quarter of a millennia.
This party, the Democrats, should be the party of choice for the majority of the electorate. It has strayed from its' principles. I am wondering why this party leadership won't take a deal like "wall for amnesty". Did they sell out to the cheap labor lobby? I wonder why they won't balance a budget. Clinton did it! They are like the other party, afraid to cut spending or raise taxes. This party needs a major shake up and overhaul. An overhaul that will build a better, more responsive, more loving and caring party that can be respected for the remainder of this century much like an FDR period..
This is certainly the low point in American history in my adult lifetime.We have allowed politicians and special interests to form us into sad, pathetic, hypochondriac, neurotic, paranoid, unhealthy and unhappy citizens! Both parties and their associates are tearing us apart with hatred. Let us bring back a bit of the 70's hippie spirit! Young'uns better google that one!
For those Dems who did not follow Trump during the primaries let me say this: For 25 or so years both parties had agreed to leave borders open, continue shipping our jobs overseas, letting the war rage on and never even attempt at producing a balanced budget. Both parties sold out to special business interests. Trump shook up their party by killing 16 competitors! They hated him when he started. Now they are accepting his ideas. I am saying we can deal with him! Forget his personality. Let's get what we want. He is just a brash NYC guy who has certainly sat down and negotiated with the Italian Mafia. That is how he deals. He is tough. But I believe even he would love a win-win situation! And we together can set up that win-win!
We are so in need of healing in this country. We are at the bottom now. Are you ready to speak up and begin the healing process?
I am asking the people of the United States of America to cast your vote for me in order to protest our current system in American politics! Please follow me as I make videos detailing each of my policy beliefs. Thank you and may God always bless the United States of America!
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