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The Basic Concept

Why is the Party necessary?


Since the Democratic Party appears to be controlled by the left and the Republican Party by right wing populists and economic nationalists, we believe a new force is necessary in American politics to draw the candidates toward the political center.  To accomplish that end we have formed the New Independent Party.


We recognize that the concept of the political center in American politics can be hard to pin down. For that reason we have tried, in the Platform presented on this web site, to be as specific as possible about where we stand on the major issues facing America. We believe that the Platform represents the opinion of a very large number of Americans, who feel increasingly alienated by both of the major political parties. Our hope is that the Party will become a focal point for this group and provide them with a vehicle for moving America's public policy debates away from pointless shouting matches between the left and the right and toward the discussion of sensible solutions to our all too real public policy problems.


What will the Party do?

Initially, we simply hope to demonstrate that centrist views, like those reflected in our Platform, represent the opinions of a significant number of voters. We hope to accomplish this by signing up as many people, as possible, as members.


We are currently in the phase of establishing that a critical mass of support for a centrist approach exists. Once we have established a critical mass of supporters we hope to take actions to tilt the political process toward the center. 

Recognizing that independent party candidates often have undesirable and unintended consequences in the U.S. political system, the Party does not intend to nominate its own candidates for elective office (at least not initially).  It will instead endorse the candidates of other parties based on how centrist their positions are. 


In addition to participating in the election process, the Party will actively promote public acceptance of the positions outlined in the Party’s Platform. As part of that effort, this web site will identify the extent to which candidates for public office support the positions taken in the Party’s Platform.

Because we are organized as an Independent Political Action Committee we will not coordinate our actions with the candidates or their campaigns.


What is the Party's Platform?


The bulk of this web site is devoted to laying out the Platform of the Party in detail. There are nearly forty planks covering a wide range of public policy problems. Check the Table of Contents if you are looking for our position on a particular issue. There is also a rather lengthy summary of the entire Platform provided in the Platform Summary.  The underlying philosophy governing the construction of the Platform is laid out in the Platform Philosophy.


Although the full Platform covers a wide range of issues, three areas get special focus: 1) the looming U.S. debt crisis; 2) the increasing cost of medical care and health care entitlements in particular; 3) the challenge of providing a quality education at a reasonable cost to keep the U.S. competitive in the global economy and reduce the pressure for protectionist and anti-immigrant legislation; and 4) dealing with climate change in a manner that is efficient and recognizes that the problem is inherently global.  Our approach to these issues is illustrative of our general approach to all public policy problems.


The Platform attacks the coming debt crisis in the U.S. by raising revenues in new ways that actually improve the market signals in our economy rather than distort them and uses those new revenues to reduce the deficit. (See Spending and Taxation; Debt and Deficit Reduction.)


The Platform proposes an economically efficient alternative to Obamacare, Medicare, and Medicaid that provides market based incentives to curb costs and make health care more affordable, and converts our open ended entitlement programs into predictable defined contribution subsidies for health care insurance. This proposal gives every legal resident in America the ability to get federally subsidized, privately provided health care insurance without regard to pre-existing conditions and without a mandate to purchase insurance. (See Health Care.)


The Platform also proposes reforms at all levels of the public education process. These reforms include increased compensation for effective teaching (pay for performance), leveraging good teaching with technology, and separating the educational from the certification function in higher education in order to introduce competition into this market. (See Education.) 

The Platform proposes the imposition of a substantial carbon tax in the US and other countries that are willing to do the same combined with a tariff on the estimated carbon pollution associated with imports from countries that do not impose the tax and tariff solution. Since any sensible country would choose to collect the proceeds of the tax themselves rather than have it imposed on their exports this should force the existence of global carbon tax in short order. We also propose that, rather than use the proceeds of this tax and tariff as a vehicle for redistribution as the left would do, that the U.S. should use the proceeds to offer a comparable incentive for carbon capture and sequestration technologies and to reduce the national debt. (See Climate Change.)


The underlying theme in the Platform is to accept that government has a significant role in a number of areas of our lives. The Platform attempts to deal with public policy problems in ways that marshal the power of markets and competition. It also attempts to formulate solutions to these problems in ways that respect personal freedom and avoid, as much as possible, using the inherently coercive power of the state.

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