First and foremost in my mind would be to recall words spoken by Harry S. Truman: “The buck stops here.” It would be my duty to oversee to the best of my ability all aspects of the executive branch of our government. Here are some of the specifics:
Paramount is the security of our entire population; this includes sufficient security at embassies, such as that at Benghazi, and sending of reinforcements when required. And lying about the event at Benghazi causes our citizens to lose confidence; hence I would always be truthful and transparent in all matters that do not adversely affect national security.
It would be my solemn duty to obey our Constitution and enforce our country’s laws. Felons, such as those who shipped guns to Mexico, should be prosecuted (seems that I recall Eric Holder being responsible for the agency involved) to the full extent of the law. What happened and who caused it would be made known.
One of the most powerful of government agencies is the IRS, which is charged to collect money due the government in a fair and equitable manner. They would not be allowed to show favoritism to any individuals or businesses, and government employees who violate the code of ethics should be fired and perhaps criminally prosecuted.
Illegal immigrants who were smuggled here as children (Dreamers) should be awarded citizenship unconditionally. Their parents (human smuggling is a felony) should be granted a path to citizenship under certain conditions (learning English is essential to prevent them from becoming a burden to the rest of us); however, illegal immigrants who commit other felonies should be deported with no future chance of citizenship, and in no case would I release them to roam our streets and threaten our law abiding people.
All military personnel would be removed from Afghanistan and most of them reassigned to guard our borders and seaports. This would reduce the influx of more illegals and the influx of illegal drugs; both of which create a considerable monetary drain in our country.
For many years our military personnel have made monumental sacrifices on our behalf. Recuperation and rehabilitation of those who have been injured in the defense of our country should be the responsibility of our government. “Wounded Warriors” groups should not have to beg for funds to help our veterans. And Veterans Administration hospitals should endeavor to supply prompt and maximum care to every veteran in need.
And countries friendly to us deserve proper consideration. Eavesdropping on our European allies is unacceptable and disrespecting Canada by failure to approve the Keystone pipeline lacks a reasonable amount of intelligence. Most likely the pipeline would prevent gas prices from doubling as has occurred in the Obama years.
With the help of a bipartisan House and Senate, Obamacare would be history. Some parts of it should be retained, but the increased cost to millions of people, the loss of the program they really wanted and chose, and the inability to keep their own trusted doctors all contribute to the undesirability of this program. Reading the law before enacting it should be required and lying to the public is reprehensible.
We have the right of self defense; if we need to defend ourselves from terrorists in this or other countries we should proceed to do so to the best of our military ability. And that ability should be maximized by funding research to obtain the very best weaponry possible.
This treatise will not get me elected in 2016, but hopefully it will help stimulate all our loyal citizens.
Gerald R. Rutz