James Lankford – Biographical Profile and Positions on the Issues

Currently Elected United States Senator Unexpired Term, Oklahoma

Oklahoma Republican Party
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Biographical
General (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)

The Constitution matters. This is a nation of laws, not leaders. Leaders do not live forever, the law should. We must get back to our foundation; not our personal preferences (from either political party).

Spending is out of control, way out of control. We must stop spending our children's money. Our grandparents would have never spent our money to make themselves happy.

We are a country drifting farther and farther away from our moral core.

The way we tax matters and how much we tax matters. Families and businesses are struggling under our tax burden and our tax code.

Energy Policy is essential for national security and financial security.

Total strangers in Washington D.C. are trying to define what is right and wrong for my family. I don't think they are bad or evil people, in fact I think they are hard working and well meaning. The problem is not that they are bad; they are strangers to my family and should not have authority over my family. They are telling me how to teach my children, live my life, drive my car, spend my money, etc.

Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)

James has been married to his wife Cindy for over 20 years. Together, they have two daughters: Hannah and Jordan.

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)

MDiv, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1994

BS, Secondary Education, University of Texas, 1990

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)

Before his election James served as director of the Falls Creek Youth Camp from 1996 to 2009. Falls Creek is the largest youth camp in the United States, supported by 150 staff members with more than 51,000 students and adults attending each summer. He coordinated mission trips and community service trips in Belize, Malawi, England, Wales, and Germany, as well as many areas of Oklahoma.

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)

James Lankford was first elected to the United States Congress on November 2, 2010. James serves on the House Committees on Budget and Oversight & Government Reform, where he is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements. James was also elected Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee for the 113th Congress.

Religion (current and past religious affiliations, beliefs)

Christ Follower

Abortion, Stem Cell & Cloning
Abortion, a General Statement

The most basic principle in our country is the right to life. We must have a culture that promotes life from conception to natural death. Every child should be protected, especially in the womb. Abortion causes the death of a human being and must be stopped as unjust and inhumane. Life begins when a cell is dividing and self-replicating. The difference between a baby in the womb and an adult is time.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/family (12/17/2010)

Pro-Life and Pro-Choice

The most basic principle in our country is the right to life. We must have a culture that promotes life from conception to natural death. Every child should be protected, especially in the womb.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/family (12/17/2010)

Life Beginning at Conception

We must have a culture that promotes life from conception to natural death. Every child should be protected, especially in the womb. Abortion causes the death of a human being and must be stopped as unjust and inhumane. Life begins when a cell is dividing and self-replicating. The difference between a baby in the womb and an adult is time.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/family (12/17/2010)

Business
Relationship of Big Business and Government

Instead of "risk aversion" we should create an environment where risks can be taken without fear of governmental second guessing. This is especially true in lending. Banks, especially community banks, must be allowed to lend and encourage people to take risks to start and expand business. Our economy is based on risk. Businesses rise and fall based on their ability to take and manage risk. Business should be allowed to fail--even if they are big. When risk and potential failure are removed, business owners have no motivation to manage their businesses well.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/financial-and-banking (12/17/2010)

Business, a General Statement

Instead of "risk aversion" we should create an environment where risks can be taken without fear of governmental second guessing. This is especially true in lending. Banks, especially community banks, must be allowed to lend and encourage people to take risks to start and expand business. Our economy is based on risk. Businesses rise and fall based on their ability to take and manage risk. Business should be allowed to fail--even if they are big. When risk and potential failure are removed, business owners have no motivation to manage their businesses well.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/financial-and-banking (12/17/2010)

Courts, Laws & Justice
Courts, a General Statement

Oklahoma should lead the way in tort reform, protecting patients and doctors.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/health_care (12/17/2010)

Legal Reform, a General Statement

Oklahoma should lead the way in tort reform, protecting patients and doctors.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/health_care (12/17/2010)

Tort Reform and Frivolous Suits

Oklahoma should lead the way in tort reform, protecting patients and doctors.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/health_care (12/17/2010)

Crime
Crime, a General Statement

We must have tougher laws, stiffer penalties, and aggressive prosecution of child pornographers and child predators.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/family (12/17/2010)

Crimes Against Children

We must have tougher laws, stiffer penalties, and aggressive prosecution of child pornographers and child predators.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/family (12/17/2010)

Sex-related Crimes

We must have tougher laws, stiffer penalties, and aggressive prosecution of child pornographers and child predators.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/family (12/17/2010)

Education
Improving Education

States should have freedom from the federal mandates in education. Public schools should be accountable to parents and community for results. No parent should be trapped sending his/her child to a school that chooses not to make the hard choices necessary to educate that child. Private and homeschool families should be honored and protected.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/family (12/17/2010)

Public Schools K-12

Public schools should be accountable to parents and community for results. No parent should be trapped sending his/her child to a school that chooses not to make the hard choices necessary to educate that child.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/family (12/17/2010)

School Choice

No parent should be trapped sending his/her child to a school that chooses not to make the hard choices necessary to educate that child. Private and homeschool families should be honored and protected.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/family (12/17/2010)

Teacher Standards

Public schools should be accountable to parents and community for results.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/family (12/17/2010)

Parental Involvement

Public schools should be accountable to parents and community for results. No parent should be trapped sending his/her child to a school that chooses not to make the hard choices necessary to educate that child. Private and homeschool families should be honored and protected.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/family (12/17/2010)

Home Schooling

Private and homeschool families should be honored and protected.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/family (12/17/2010)

Education, a General Statement

States should have freedom from the federal mandates in education. Public schools should be accountable to parents and community for results. No parent should be trapped sending his/her child to a school that chooses not to make the hard choices necessary to educate that child. Private and homeschool families should be honored and protected.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/family (12/17/2010)

Federal Mandates

States should have freedom from the federal mandates in education.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/family (12/17/2010)

Energy, Gas, Oil & Autos
Renewable Energy, Solar, Biomass and Wind

While wind, solar, geothermal, and hydroelectric power all show great promise for the distant future, in the near future none of them can provide more than 7% of our energy needs. We should continue to invest in viable alternatives including nuclear, wind, and solar.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/energy (12/17/2010)

Energy, a General Statement

Every sector of our economy runs on abundant, reliable, and inexpensive energy. America has enough energy to meet the needs of our country, but our current energy and environmental policy discourages domestic drilling and encourages the importation of our energy from other countries. While wind, solar, geothermal, and hydroelectric power all show great promise for the distant future, in the near future none of them can provide more than 7% of our energy needs. For the security and prosperity of our country, we must allow more drilling, refining, and distribution of American oil and natural gas.

Natural gas is a terrific fuel option, but our government continues to select other energy options rather than allowing the free market to decide the best fuels. Natural gas is clean burning, readily available, and cost-effective. With new natural gas technologies and more on the way, natural gas should be essential to America's energy portfolio. Technologies like hydraulic fracturing create a small profile above the ground and an abundance of reliable energy supply for our economy. Federal regulations that styme capital investment and increased domestic energy production won't help us achieve energy independence.

For our own national and financial security, we must stop exporting our dollars overseas as we import our energy. Allowing more drilling and more refineries does not mean we will go back to the smog of the 1970s; it means we will have inexpensive, reliable energy, and it will help solve some of our national security issues as we stop transferring the wealth of our nation to other nations.

Domestic oil and natural gas should be important pillars of a national energy policy. But we should continue to invest in viable alternatives including nuclear, wind, and solar.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/energy (12/16/2010)

Domestic Energy Production

Every sector of our economy runs on abundant, reliable, and inexpensive energy. America has enough energy to meet the needs of our country, but our current energy and environmental policy discourages domestic drilling and encourages the importation of our energy from other countries. While wind, solar, geothermal, and hydroelectric power all show great promise for the distant future, in the near future none of them can provide more than 7% of our energy needs. For the security and prosperity of our country, we must allow more drilling, refining, and distribution of American oil and natural gas. Allowing more drilling and more refineries does not mean we will go back to the smog of the 1970s; it means we will have inexpensive, reliable energy, and it will help solve some of our national security issues as we stop transferring the wealth of our nation to other nations.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/energy (12/17/2010)

Energy Independence from Foreign Oil

For the security and prosperity of our country, we must allow more drilling, refining, and distribution of American oil and natural gas.

Natural gas is a terrific fuel option, but our government continues to select other energy options rather than allowing the free market to decide the best fuels. Natural gas is clean burning, readily available, and cost-effective. With new natural gas technologies and more on the way, natural gas should be essential to America's energy portfolio. Technologies like hydraulic fracturing create a small profile above the ground and an abundance of reliable energy supply for our economy. Federal regulations that styme capital investment and increased domestic energy production won't help us achieve energy independence.

For our own national and financial security, we must stop exporting our dollars overseas as we import our energy. Allowing more drilling and more refineries does not mean we will go back to the smog of the 1970s; it means we will have inexpensive, reliable energy, and it will help solve some of our national security issues as we stop transferring the wealth of our nation to other nations.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/energy (12/17/2010)

Energy Research and Development

While wind, solar, geothermal, and hydroelectric power all show great promise for the distant future, in the near future none of them can provide more than 7% of our energy needs. We should continue to invest in viable alternatives including nuclear, wind, and solar.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/energy (12/17/2010)

Natural Gas

Natural gas is a terrific fuel option, but our government continues to select other energy options rather than allowing the free market to decide the best fuels. Natural gas is clean burning, readily available, and cost-effective. With new natural gas technologies and more on the way, natural gas should be essential to America's energy portfolio. Technologies like hydraulic fracturing create a small profile above the ground and an abundance of reliable energy supply for our economy.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/energy (12/17/2010)

Values, Religion & Family
Family, a General Statement

At the heart of many of the problems facing our country stands an institution under siege. That institution is the American family. The best way to ensure a strong nation is to have strong families. To make this happen, I will join other like-minded men and women in Congress next year to create policies that encourage--not tear down--our families. Any part of our government structure that has a penalty for marriage must be eliminated.

Forty years ago, if I asked you, "What is a marriage?" you would say, "It is a husband and wife committed to each other for life, of course." But now every part of the family structure is under attack. Marriage should be defended as an institution between one man and one woman. Words like marriage, family, life, and work ethic all have meaning and great significance in our culture.

In 1996, the Defense of Marriage Act legally defined marriage and affirmed each state's right to protect marriage. Families must continue to be honored and protected.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/family (12/17/2010)

Financial Crisis
Financial Meltdown

The current administration is working to remove all "risk" from our economy. They believe that if the government has enough control of any industry, it will be managed better than can be done by private business leaders. There are several major problems with this theory:

1. This is completely anti-capitalist and unconstitutional.

2. It is impossible for one federal government to regulate all 50 states and every type of business.

3. It is difficult to find a business that is run less efficiently than the government.

Instead of "risk aversion" we should create an environment where risks can be taken without fear of governmental second guessing. This is especially true in lending. Banks, especially community banks, must be allowed to lend and encourage people to take risks to start and expand business. Our economy is based on risk. Businesses rise and fall based on their ability to take and manage risk. Business should be allowed to fail--even if they are big. When risk and potential failure are removed, business owners have no motivation to manage their businesses well.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/financial-and-banking (12/17/2010)

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Congress should audit the Federal Reserve and privatize Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac. If "big banks" operate in a manner that puts their company at risk, they should be allowed to fail so they can reorganize in bankruptcy under new leadership. To create a clearer opportunity for information, the federal government should encourage additional private rating companies to enter the market to compete with Standard and Poor's, Moody, and Fitch.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/financial-and-banking (12/17/2010)

Investment Banking

Instead of "risk aversion" we should create an environment where risks can be taken without fear of governmental second guessing. This is especially true in lending. Banks, especially community banks, must be allowed to lend and encourage people to take risks to start and expand business. Our economy is based on risk. Businesses rise and fall based on their ability to take and manage risk. Business should be allowed to fail--even if they are big. When risk and potential failure are removed, business owners have no motivation to manage their businesses well.

The government does have a legitimate role in protecting the free market. But regulations should be rare and focused on protecting liberty rather than creating economic tyranny.

* The barrier of separation between lending and investing in banks should be re-established.

* Community banks should not be regulated the same way as large banks.

* Credit unions should continue to be protected to allow a not-for-profit option for lending and financial transactions.

* Financial regulations should be created by statute, not by unelected government regulators.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/financial-and-banking (12/17/2010)

Prosecution of Financial Fraud

Congress should audit the Federal Reserve and privatize Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac. If "big banks" operate in a manner that puts their company at risk, they should be allowed to fail so they can reorganize in bankruptcy under new leadership. To create a clearer opportunity for information, the federal government should encourage additional private rating companies to enter the market to compete with Standard and Poor's, Moody, and Fitch.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/financial-and-banking (12/17/2010)

America's Brand of Capitalism

The current administration is working to remove all "risk" from our economy. They believe that if the government has enough control of any industry, it will be managed better than can be done by private business leaders. There are several major problems with this theory:

1. This is completely anti-capitalist and unconstitutional.

2. It is impossible for one federal government to regulate all 50 states and every type of business.

3. It is difficult to find a business that is run less efficiently than the government.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/financial-and-banking (12/17/2010)

Financial Crisis, a General Statement

The current administration is working to remove all "risk" from our economy. They believe that if the government has enough control of any industry, it will be managed better than can be done by private business leaders. There are several major problems with this theory:

1. This is completely anti-capitalist and unconstitutional.

2. It is impossible for one federal government to regulate all 50 states and every type of business.

3. It is difficult to find a business that is run less efficiently than the government.

Instead of "risk aversion" we should create an environment where risks can be taken without fear of governmental second guessing. This is especially true in lending. Banks, especially community banks, must be allowed to lend and encourage people to take risks to start and expand business. Our economy is based on risk. Businesses rise and fall based on their ability to take and manage risk. Business should be allowed to fail--even if they are big. When risk and potential failure are removed, business owners have no motivation to manage their businesses well.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/financial-and-banking (12/17/2010)

Banks

Instead of "risk aversion" we should create an environment where risks can be taken without fear of governmental second guessing. This is especially true in lending. Banks, especially community banks, must be allowed to lend and encourage people to take risks to start and expand business. Our economy is based on risk. Businesses rise and fall based on their ability to take and manage risk. Business should be allowed to fail--even if they are big. When risk and potential failure are removed, business owners have no motivation to manage their businesses well.

The government does have a legitimate role in protecting the free market. But regulations should be rare and focused on protecting liberty rather than creating economic tyranny.

* The barrier of separation between lending and investing in banks should be re-established.

* Community banks should not be regulated the same way as large banks.

* Credit unions should continue to be protected to allow a not-for-profit option for lending and financial transactions.

* Financial regulations should be created by statute, not by unelected government regulators.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/financial-and-banking (12/17/2010)

$700 Billion Troubled Asset Relief Bailout

A government plan should not include the federal ownership of banks, mortgages, or investment companies. A move to socialism will not help Wall Street or the U.S. economy. As William Buckley said, "The problem with socialism is socialism; the problem with capitalism is capitalists."

Source: jameslankford.com/category/financial-and-banking (12/17/2010)

Financial Industry Regulation

The government does have a legitimate role in protecting the free market. But regulations should be rare and focused on protecting liberty rather than creating economic tyranny.

* The barrier of separation between lending and investing in banks should be re-established.

* Community banks should not be regulated the same way as large banks.

* Credit unions should continue to be protected to allow a not-for-profit option for lending and financial transactions.

* Financial regulations should be created by statute, not by unelected government regulators.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/financial-and-banking (12/17/2010)

Federal Budget & Fiscal Policy
Federal Budget & Debt

Stop spending so much money! Stop spending what we do not have! The reason the federal government does not have enough money is because it is doing too many things. My grandparents would NEVER have said, "Things are tough, so I think I will make it easier on me by making it tougher on my grandchildren." But that is exactly what current Washington leaders are doing. They don't like today, so they make their lives easier by making it tougher on my kids. Taking money from one family through taxes and debt spending and distributing it to another family is redistribution of wealth, not economic stimulus. Federal government policies should not encourage more personal or national debt.

By law, all spending bills must originate in the U.S. House of Representatives. We must cut spending and stop going deeper and deeper into debt. We did not get 13.6 trillion dollars into debt in one year, we will not get out in one year. But, we must start moving toward a balanced budget, then begin paying down our debt. During the 2011 budget year, we should return to the 2008 spending levels. We must also stop the rapid acceleration of federal regulation to encourage business owners to hire more employees and invest more money. Until we have less federal spending and more private sector hiring, we will not grow our economy and pay down our debt.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/spending (12/17/2010)

Deficit Spending

Stop spending so much money! Stop spending what we do not have! The reason the federal government does not have enough money is because it is doing too many things. My grandparents would NEVER have said, "Things are tough, so I think I will make it easier on me by making it tougher on my grandchildren." But that is exactly what current Washington leaders are doing. They don't like today, so they make their lives easier by making it tougher on my kids. Taking money from one family through taxes and debt spending and distributing it to another family is redistribution of wealth, not economic stimulus. Federal government policies should not encourage more personal or national debt.

By law, all spending bills must originate in the U.S. House of Representatives. We must cut spending and stop going deeper and deeper into debt. We did not get 13.6 trillion dollars into debt in one year, we will not get out in one year. But, we must start moving toward a balanced budget, then begin paying down our debt. During the 2011 budget year, we should return to the 2008 spending levels. We must also stop the rapid acceleration of federal regulation to encourage business owners to hire more employees and invest more money. Until we have less federal spending and more private sector hiring, we will not grow our economy and pay down our debt.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/spending (12/17/2010)

Fiscal Policy, a General Statement

Stop spending so much money! Stop spending what we do not have! The reason the federal government does not have enough money is because it is doing too many things. Just like your family, my family has to make choices about what we can and cannot afford. We prioritize what is essential. Congress must do the same thing. Our national debt will not recover until we cut the size and scope of the federal government and free up American business.

My grandparents would NEVER have said, "Things are tough, so I think I will make it easier on me by making it tougher on my grandchildren." But that is exactly what current Washington leaders are doing. They don't like today, so they make their lives easier by making it tougher on my kids. Taking money from one family through taxes and debt spending and distributing it to another family is redistribution of wealth, not economic stimulus. Federal government policies should not encourage more personal or national debt.

By law, all spending bills must originate in the U.S. House of Representatives. We must cut spending and stop going deeper and deeper into debt. We did not get 13.6 trillion dollars into debt in one year, we will not get out in one year. But, we must start moving toward a balanced budget, then begin paying down our debt. During the 2011 budget year, we should return to the 2008 spending levels. We must also stop the rapid acceleration of federal regulation to encourage business owners to hire more employees and invest more money. Until we have less federal spending and more private sector hiring, we will not grow our economy and pay down our debt.

In 2010, Republicans in the House of Representatives pledged not to request any earmarks for one year. That pledge should be extended indefinitely and the earmark process should be abolished from the House rules unless there are significant reforms to the earmark process. Spending is out of control because the federal government is doing too many things.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/spending (12/17/2010)

Spending Limits

Stop spending so much money! Stop spending what we do not have! The reason the federal government does not have enough money is because it is doing too many things. My grandparents would NEVER have said, "Things are tough, so I think I will make it easier on me by making it tougher on my grandchildren." But that is exactly what current Washington leaders are doing. They don't like today, so they make their lives easier by making it tougher on my kids. Taking money from one family through taxes and debt spending and distributing it to another family is redistribution of wealth, not economic stimulus. Federal government policies should not encourage more personal or national debt.

By law, all spending bills must originate in the U.S. House of Representatives. We must cut spending and stop going deeper and deeper into debt. We did not get 13.6 trillion dollars into debt in one year, we will not get out in one year. But, we must start moving toward a balanced budget, then begin paying down our debt. During the 2011 budget year, we should return to the 2008 spending levels. We must also stop the rapid acceleration of federal regulation to encourage business owners to hire more employees and invest more money. Until we have less federal spending and more private sector hiring, we will not grow our economy and pay down our debt.

In 2010, Republicans in the House of Representatives pledged not to request any earmarks for one year. That pledge should be extended indefinitely and the earmark process should be abolished from the House rules unless there are significant reforms to the earmark process. Spending is out of control because the federal government is doing too many things.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/spending (12/17/2010)

Gay & Lesbian
Prohibiting Same Sex Marriage Recognition between States (Defense of Marriage Act)

In 1996, the Defense of Marriage Act legally defined marriage and affirmed each state's right to protect marriage. Families must continue to be honored and protected.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/family (12/17/2010)

Gay Marriage

Forty years ago, if I asked you, "What is a marriage?" you would say, "It is a husband and wife committed to each other for life, of course." But now every part of the family structure is under attack. Marriage should be defended as an institution between one man and one woman. Words like marriage, family, life, and work ethic all have meaning and great significance in our culture.

In 1996, the Defense of Marriage Act legally defined marriage and affirmed each state's right to protect marriage. Families must continue to be honored and protected.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/family (12/17/2010)

Marriage Left Solely to the States

In 1996, the Defense of Marriage Act affirmed each state's right to protect marriage. Families must continue to be honored and protected.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/family (12/17/2010)

Government
Earmarks

In 2010, Republicans in the House of Representatives pledged not to request any earmarks for one year. That pledge should be extended indefinitely and the earmark process should be abolished from the House rules unless there are significant reforms to the earmark process.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/spending (12/17/2010)

Guns
Gun Control Legislation

Some would argue that the ownership of guns increases crime in America, but during 2009, when the sale of guns and ammunition increased dramatically, the violent crime rate declined. If more guns lead to more crime, why didn't we see a huge jump in crime in 2009? A gun is a piece of property. Law-abiding citizens should not have their rights infringed based on the preferences of someone else. I am opposed to "micro-stamping," national registration lists, and home gun lock requirements.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/second_amendment (12/17/2010)

High Capacity Magazines, Gun Locks and Ammunition

I am opposed to "micro-stamping," national registration lists, and home gun lock requirements.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/second_amendment (12/17/2010)

State Gun Legislation

I am opposed to "micro-stamping," national registration lists, and home gun lock requirements. Hunting, sport shooting, collecting guns, and defending our families and homes are all part of the American and Oklahoma culture. Owning and carrying a gun does not mean you are a radical; it means you are an American. We need to maintain the rights of individuals to keep and bear arms. It is basic to our Constitutional freedom.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/second_amendment (12/17/2010)

Guns, a General Statement

"To ensure domestic tranquility" is an idea as old as the Republic. This phrase was wisely placed in the Preamble to the Constitution. When we think of the kind of society we want, our goal must be a nation in which law-abiding citizens are safe and feel safe. Our Second Amendment rights as Americans make this possible.

"Tthe right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

Some would argue that the ownership of guns increases crime in America, but during 2009, when the sale of guns and ammunition increased dramatically, the violent crime rate declined. If more guns lead to more crime, why didn't we see a huge jump in crime in 2009? A gun is a piece of property. Law-abiding citizens should not have their rights infringed based on the preferences of someone else. I am opposed to "micro-stamping," national registration lists, and home gun lock requirements.

Hunting, sport shooting, collecting guns, and defending our families and homes are all part of the American and Oklahoma culture. Owning and carrying a gun does not mean you are a radical; it means you are an American. We need to maintain the rights of individuals to keep and bear arms. It is basic to our Constitutional freedom.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/second_amendment (12/17/2010)

Right to Own Guns - Second Amendment

"To ensure domestic tranquility" is an idea as old as the Republic. This phrase was wisely placed in the Preamble to the Constitution. When we think of the kind of society we want, our goal must be a nation in which law-abiding citizens are safe and feel safe. Our Second Amendment rights as Americans make this possible.

"...the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

Hunting, sport shooting, collecting guns, and defending our families and homes are all part of the American and Oklahoma culture. Owning and carrying a gun does not mean you are a radical; it means you are an American. We need to maintain the rights of individuals to keep and bear arms. It is basic to our Constitutional freedom.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/second_amendment (12/17/2010)

Health & Medical
Reducing Health Care Costs

The federal government's role should be to remove the barriers that impede ingenuity by doing such things as increasing portability of insurance from group plans to individual plans and expanding the options for risk pools for individuals and small businesses. The federal government is working to limit the number and role of insurance companies when we should be removing the barriers so that we have more companies and more competition. There are insurance issues that need to be addressed, but the new health care law only compounds the problems and the costs instead of solving the problems.

When individuals own their own insurance and they watch prices and manage their own money, costs go down. We should encourage individuals to start their own health savings accounts (HSA). These allow people to buy catastrophic insurance and to put their money into a HSA so they can spend it for health care as they wish.

In Congress I will work with a coalition of conservative House members to pass a free market based health care reform that will be consistent with our national values and Constitutional authority.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/health_care (12/17/2010)

Improving Health & Medical Care

Our national debate over health care should really be a debate in each state. Nowhere in the Constitution does it give the right or responsibility to the federal government to manage health care. There are many states, including Oklahoma, that have made strides in creating affordable health insurance. Oklahoma should also lead the way in tort reform, protecting patients and doctors.

The federal government's role should be to remove the barriers that impede ingenuity by doing such things as increasing portability of insurance from group plans to individual plans and expanding the options for risk pools for individuals and small businesses. The federal government is working to limit the number and role of insurance companies when we should be removing the barriers so that we have more companies and more competition. There are insurance issues that need to be addressed, but the new health care law only compounds the problems and the costs instead of solving the problems.

When individuals own their own insurance and they watch prices and manage their own money, costs go down. We should encourage individuals to start their own health savings accounts (HSA). These allow people to buy catastrophic insurance and to put their money into a HSA so they can spend it for health care as they wish.

In Congress I will work with a coalition of conservative House members to pass a free market based health care reform that will be consistent with our national values and Constitutional authority.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/health_care (12/17/2010)

Health & Medical Care, a General Statement

Our national debate over health care should really be a debate in each state. Nowhere in the Constitution does it give the right or responsibility to the federal government to manage health care. There are many states, including Oklahoma, that have made strides in creating affordable health insurance. Oklahoma should also lead the way in tort reform, protecting patients and doctors.

The federal government's role should be to remove the barriers that impede ingenuity by doing such things as increasing portability of insurance from group plans to individual plans and expanding the options for risk pools for individuals and small businesses. The federal government is working to limit the number and role of insurance companies when we should be removing the barriers so that we have more companies and more competition. There are insurance issues that need to be addressed, but the new health care law only compounds the problems and the costs instead of solving the problems.

When individuals own their own insurance and they watch prices and manage their own money, costs go down. We should encourage individuals to start their own health savings accounts (HSA). These allow people to buy catastrophic insurance and to put their money into a HSA so they can spend it for health care as they wish.

In Congress I will work with a coalition of conservative House members to pass a free market based health care reform that will be consistent with our national values and Constitutional authority.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/health_care (12/17/2010)

Immigration
Employers Who Hire Illegals

We must stop turning a blind eye to illegal alien employment. Illegal immigration is both a compassion issue and an economic issue. If there are seasonal jobs American citizens are not taking on, there should be a legal way for people from other countries to fulfill those job needs in the short term, at a wage consistent with that earned by American workers. Illegal aliens cannot be treated like slaves in our country because they came here illegally. We cannot bail out every inefficient government in the world by taking on their economic refugees.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/immigration (12/17/2010)

Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants

Justice demands that we do not give preferential treatment to someone who broke our laws over someone who has been waiting to legally immigrate to the United States. We should be a nation of legal immigrants and native-born Americans. We must also clarify the 14th Amendment to confirm that the children of illegal aliens are not given automatic citizenship.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/immigration (12/17/2010)

Review of the 14th Amendment

We must clarify the 14th Amendment to confirm that the children of illegal aliens are not given automatic citizenship.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/immigration (12/17/2010)

Social Services to Undocumented Immigrants

We should not provide illegal aliens free health care and in-state tuition rates for college education; that only creates an incentive to come to the U.S. illegally.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/immigration (12/17/2010)

Immigration, a General Statement

Anything beginning with the word illegal should not be as tough as we have made it. Illegal means illegal, period. The federal government has the responsibility to protect our borders and enforce immigration policies that benefit the citizens of the United States. Secure the borders first and enforce existing immigration laws. We must stop illegal crossings at every border and we must stop turning a blind eye to illegal alien employment. One of the primary responsibilities of the federal government is to protect the citizens of the United States. There should be NO amnesty for illegal immigrants. Justice demands that we do not give preferential treatment to someone who broke our laws over someone who has been waiting to legally immigrate to the United States. We should be a nation of legal immigrants and native-born Americans. We must also clarify the 14th Amendment to confirm that the children of illegal aliens are not given automatic citizenship.

Illegal immigration is both a compassion issue and an economic issue. If there are seasonal jobs American citizens are not taking on, there should be a legal way for people from other countries to fulfill those job needs in the short term, at a wage consistent with that earned by American workers. Illegal aliens cannot be treated like slaves in our country because they came here illegally. But we should not provide illegal aliens free health care and in-state tuition rates for college education; that only creates an incentive to come to the U.S. illegally. We cannot bail out every inefficient government in the world by taking on their economic refugees.

In short, the United States has a responsibility to enforce border security. Arizona and other border states should not be compelled to do the work of the federal government, but they have the right to protect themselves when the federal government fails to fulfill its responsibility. It is time to send leaders to Washington who will fulfill their responsibility.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/immigration (12/17/2010)

Arizona's Strict New Immigration Law

Arizona and other border states should not be compelled to do the work of the federal government, but they have the right to protect themselves when the federal government fails to fulfill its responsibility.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/immigration (12/17/2010)

State Enforcement of Federal Immigration Laws

Arizona and other border states should not be compelled to do the work of the federal government, but they have the right to protect themselves when the federal government fails to fulfill its responsibility.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/immigration (12/17/2010)

Criminalize Assistance to Illegal Immigrants

Illegal aliens cannot be treated like slaves in our country because they came here illegally. But we should not provide illegal aliens free health care and in-state tuition rates for college education; that only creates an incentive to come to the U.S. illegally.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/immigration (12/17/2010)

Alien Minors

We must clarify the 14th Amendment to confirm that the children of illegal aliens are not given automatic citizenship.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/immigration (12/17/2010)

Securing Our Borders

The federal government has the responsibility to protect our borders. Secure the borders first. We must stop illegal crossings at every border. One of the primary responsibilities of the federal government is to protect the citizens of the United States. In short, the United States has a responsibility to enforce border security.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/immigration (12/17/2010)

Immigrant Birthright Citizenship

We must clarify the 14th Amendment to confirm that the children of illegal aliens are not given automatic citizenship.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/immigration (12/17/2010)

Federal Enforcement of Immigration Laws

Anything beginning with the word illegal should not be as tough as we have made it. Illegal means illegal, period. The federal government has the responsibility to enforce immigration policies that benefit the citizens of the United States. Secure the borders first and enforce existing immigration laws. Justice demands that we do not give preferential treatment to someone who broke our laws over someone who has been waiting to legally immigrate to the United States.

In short, the United States has a responsibility to enforce border security. Arizona and other border states should not be compelled to do the work of the federal government, but they have the right to protect themselves when the federal government fails to fulfill its responsibility. It is time to send leaders to Washington who will fulfill their responsibility.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/immigration (12/17/2010)

Immigration Reform

Anything beginning with the word illegal should not be as tough as we have made it. Illegal means illegal, period. The federal government has the responsibility to protect our borders and enforce immigration policies that benefit the citizens of the United States. Secure the borders first and enforce existing immigration laws. We must stop illegal crossings at every border and we must stop turning a blind eye to illegal alien employment. One of the primary responsibilities of the federal government is to protect the citizens of the United States. There should be NO amnesty for illegal immigrants. Justice demands that we do not give preferential treatment to someone who broke our laws over someone who has been waiting to legally immigrate to the United States. We should be a nation of legal immigrants and native-born Americans. We must also clarify the 14th Amendment to confirm that the children of illegal aliens are not given automatic citizenship.

Illegal immigration is both a compassion issue and an economic issue. If there are seasonal jobs American citizens are not taking on, there should be a legal way for people from other countries to fulfill those job needs in the short term, at a wage consistent with that earned by American workers. Illegal aliens cannot be treated like slaves in our country because they came here illegally. But we should not provide illegal aliens free health care and in-state tuition rates for college education; that only creates an incentive to come to the U.S. illegally. We cannot bail out every inefficient government in the world by taking on their economic refugees.

In short, the United States has a responsibility to enforce border security. Arizona and other border states should not be compelled to do the work of the federal government, but they have the right to protect themselves when the federal government fails to fulfill its responsibility. It is time to send leaders to Washington who will fulfill their responsibility.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/immigration (12/17/2010)

Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants

There should be NO amnesty for illegal immigrants. Justice demands that we do not give preferential treatment to someone who broke our laws over someone who has been waiting to legally immigrate to the United States. We should be a nation of legal immigrants and native-born Americans. We must also clarify the 14th Amendment to confirm that the children of illegal aliens are not given automatic citizenship.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/immigration (12/17/2010)

State and Local Immigration Laws

Arizona and other border states should not be compelled to do the work of the federal government, but they have the right to protect themselves when the federal government fails to fulfill its responsibility.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/immigration (12/17/2010)

Medical Insurance
Health Insurance Purchase Choices

The federal government's role should be to remove the barriers that impede ingenuity by doing such things as increasing portability of insurance from group plans to individual plans and expanding the options for risk pools for individuals and small businesses. The federal government is working to limit the number and role of insurance companies when we should be removing the barriers so that we have more companies and more competition. There are insurance issues that need to be addressed, but the new health care law only compounds the problems and the costs instead of solving the problems.

When individuals own their own insurance and they watch prices and manage their own money, costs go down. We should encourage individuals to start their own health savings accounts (HSA). These allow people to buy catastrophic insurance and to put their money into a HSA so they can spend it for health care as they wish.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/health_care (12/17/2010)

Medical Malpractice Reform

Oklahoma should lead the way in tort reform, protecting patients and doctors.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/health_care (12/17/2010)

Market-Based Medical Insurance

Our national debate over health care should really be a debate in each state. Nowhere in the Constitution does it give the right or responsibility to the federal government to manage health care. There are many states, including Oklahoma, that have made strides in creating affordable health insurance. Oklahoma should also lead the way in tort reform, protecting patients and doctors.

The federal government's role should be to remove the barriers that impede ingenuity by doing such things as increasing portability of insurance from group plans to individual plans and expanding the options for risk pools for individuals and small businesses. The federal government is working to limit the number and role of insurance companies when we should be removing the barriers so that we have more companies and more competition. There are insurance issues that need to be addressed, but the new health care law only compounds the problems and the costs instead of solving the problems.

When individuals own their own insurance and they watch prices and manage their own money, costs go down. We should encourage individuals to start their own health savings accounts (HSA). These allow people to buy catastrophic insurance and to put their money into a HSA so they can spend it for health care as they wish.

In Congress I will work with a coalition of conservative House members to pass a free market based health care reform that will be consistent with our national values and Constitutional authority.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/health_care (12/17/2010)

Universal Medical Care / Insurance

Liberty provides people the options to choose how to live their lives. I do not have the responsibility to dictate for other people the choices they make in their lives. In the past few months, a small group in the federal government decided that because 10% of the country does not have health care insurance (some of them by their choice), 100% of Americans must change their health insurance. The same Democrat party that talks on and on about a 'woman's right to choose? what to do with her body just told every man and woman in America when, where, and how they can get health care. Where did all their passion for choice go?

My daughters will not have the same health care options I have had because of a few members of the Washington elite. What will that mean for them? In the days to come we will never know what medical advances were not discovered because private research dollars were suspended. Which hospital will close in days to come because it cannot afford to stay open privately? Which great future doctor will not go into medicine because he or she does not want to be a government employee?

If anyone honestly believes that the problems with health care in America can be resolved by more federal government control, they are sadly mistaken. The federal government is working to limit the number and role of insurance companies when we should be removing the barriers so that we have more companies and more competition. There are insurance issues that need to be addressed, but the new health care law only compounds the problems and the costs instead of solving the problems.

In Congress I will aggressively work to stop the funding to implement the new health care law. The health care law was bad medicine from the beginning. It must be stopped and replaced.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/health_care (12/17/2010)

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Affordable health care is achievable, but not with the current health care law.

Liberty provides people the options to choose how to live their lives. I do not have the responsibility to dictate for other people the choices they make in their lives. In the past few months, a small group in the federal government decided that because 10% of the country does not have health care insurance (some of them by their choice), 100% of Americans must change their health insurance. The same Democrat party that talks on and on about a 'woman's right to choose? what to do with her body just told every man and woman in America when, where, and how they can get health care. Where did all their passion for choice go?

My daughters will not have the same health care options I have had because of a few members of the Washington elite. What will that mean for them? In the days to come we will never know what medical advances were not discovered because private research dollars were suspended. Which hospital will close in days to come because it cannot afford to stay open privately? Which great future doctor will not go into medicine because he or she does not want to be a government employee?

If anyone honestly believes that the problems with health care in America can be resolved by more federal government control, they are sadly mistaken. Our national debate over health care should really be a debate in each state. Nowhere in the Constitution does it give the right or responsibility to the federal government to manage health care.

In Congress I will aggressively work to stop the funding to implement the new health care law. The health care law was bad medicine from the beginning. It must be stopped and replaced.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/health_care (12/17/2010)

Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Limitations

Oklahoma should lead the way in tort reform, protecting patients and doctors.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/health_care (12/17/2010)

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)

When individuals own their own insurance and they watch prices and manage their own money, costs go down. We should encourage individuals to start their own health savings accounts (HSA). These allow people to buy catastrophic insurance and to put their money into a HSA so they can spend it for health care as they wish.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/health_care (12/17/2010)

Free Market Health Care

Our national debate over health care should really be a debate in each state. Nowhere in the Constitution does it give the right or responsibility to the federal government to manage health care. There are many states, including Oklahoma, that have made strides in creating affordable health insurance. Oklahoma should also lead the way in tort reform, protecting patients and doctors.

The federal government's role should be to remove the barriers that impede ingenuity by doing such things as increasing portability of insurance from group plans to individual plans and expanding the options for risk pools for individuals and small businesses. The federal government is working to limit the number and role of insurance companies when we should be removing the barriers so that we have more companies and more competition. There are insurance issues that need to be addressed, but the new health care law only compounds the problems and the costs instead of solving the problems.

When individuals own their own insurance and they watch prices and manage their own money, costs go down. We should encourage individuals to start their own health savings accounts (HSA). These allow people to buy catastrophic insurance and to put their money into a HSA so they can spend it for health care as they wish.

In Congress I will work with a coalition of conservative House members to pass a free market based health care reform that will be consistent with our national values and Constitutional authority.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/health_care (12/17/2010)

Health Insurance, a General Statement

Our national debate over health care should really be a debate in each state. Nowhere in the Constitution does it give the right or responsibility to the federal government to manage health care. There are many states, including Oklahoma, that have made strides in creating affordable health insurance. Oklahoma should also lead the way in tort reform, protecting patients and doctors.

The federal government's role should be to remove the barriers that impede ingenuity by doing such things as increasing portability of insurance from group plans to individual plans and expanding the options for risk pools for individuals and small businesses. The federal government is working to limit the number and role of insurance companies when we should be removing the barriers so that we have more companies and more competition. There are insurance issues that need to be addressed, but the new health care law only compounds the problems and the costs instead of solving the problems.

When individuals own their own insurance and they watch prices and manage their own money, costs go down. We should encourage individuals to start their own health savings accounts (HSA). These allow people to buy catastrophic insurance and to put their money into a HSA so they can spend it for health care as they wish.

In Congress I will work with a coalition of conservative House members to pass a free market based health care reform that will be consistent with our national values and Constitutional authority.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/health_care (12/17/2010)

Portable Medical Insurance

The federal government's role should be to remove the barriers that impede ingenuity by doing such things as increasing portability of insurance from group plans to individual plans and expanding the options for risk pools for individuals and small businesses. The federal government is working to limit the number and role of insurance companies when we should be removing the barriers so that we have more companies and more competition. There are insurance issues that need to be addressed, but the new health care law only compounds the problems and the costs instead of solving the problems.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/health_care (12/17/2010)

Military & Defense
Military Adequacy

America's preeminence as the greatest superpower in the world will be maintained through what President Ronald Reagan called "peace through strength."

As a nation we must recognize, honor, and equip the men and women who voluntarily lay their lives on the line every day to protect our borders, our families, and our liberty. Without security and defense, there is no freedom.

As your Congressman I will work to protect our bases, prioritize national security in the budget, and create practical ways to honor the individuals who serve and protect our freedoms at home and abroad.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/national_security (12/17/2010)

Military Policy

America's preeminence as the greatest superpower in the world will be maintained through what President Ronald Reagan called "peace through strength."

As a nation we must recognize, honor, and equip the men and women who voluntarily lay their lives on the line every day to protect our borders, our families, and our liberty. Without security and defense, there is no freedom.

As your Congressman I will work to protect our bases, prioritize national security in the budget, and create practical ways to honor the individuals who serve and protect our freedoms at home and abroad.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/national_security (12/17/2010)

Military, a General Statement

I come from a proud military family, and I understand that we have the best trained, best equipped, and most moral fighting force in the history of the world. I understand the contributions to freedom as well as the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served --and continue to serve--this nation's armed forces and security agencies. America's preeminence as the greatest superpower in the world will be maintained through what President Ronald Reagan called "peace through strength."

As a nation we must recognize, honor, and equip the men and women who voluntarily lay their lives on the line every day to protect our borders, our families, and our liberty. Without security and defense, there is no freedom.

As your Congressman I will work to protect our bases, prioritize national security in the budget, and create practical ways to honor the individuals who serve and protect our freedoms at home and abroad.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/national_security (12/17/2010)

Defense and Military Budget

As your Congressman I will work to protect our bases, prioritize national security in the budget, and create practical ways to honor the individuals who serve and protect our freedoms at home and abroad.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/national_security (12/17/2010)

Social Security & Pensions
Social Security Trust Fund

For decades candidates have said that Social Security needs to be protected. But, for decades elected politicians have said that there is a problem with the funding of Social Security and it needs reform. By 2016, Social Security will start spending more than it receives each year. Any worker born after 1970, will pay into the system, but will not receive the full benefits promised when they reach 65. We must stop politicking Social Security and start solving Social Security.

If everyone sees the problem, why isn't Social Security fixed? Politicians spend all their energy attacking anyone who talks about Social Security, instead of working toward solutions. It is time to start working on solutions before the next generation suffers under the debt and arrogance of this generation of leaders.

We need to establish a plan of action for Social Security:

Protect the promise: We must guard Social Security benefits for those who are currently in and approaching retirement.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/back_to_america/social-security (12/17/2010)

Raising the Retirement Age or Reducing Payment Levels

Protect the promise: We must guard Social Security benefits for those who are currently in and approaching retirement.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/back_to_america/social-security (12/17/2010)

Long Term Viability of Social Security

For decades candidates have said that Social Security needs to be protected. But, for decades elected politicians have said that there is a problem with the funding of Social Security and it needs reform. By 2016, Social Security will start spending more than it receives each year. Any worker born after 1970, will pay into the system, but will not receive the full benefits promised when they reach 65. We must stop politicking Social Security and start solving Social Security.

If everyone sees the problem, why isn't Social Security fixed? Politicians spend all their energy attacking anyone who talks about Social Security, instead of working toward solutions. It is time to start working on solutions before the next generation suffers under the debt and arrogance of this generation of leaders.

We need to establish a plan of action for Social Security:

Protect the promise: We must guard Social Security benefits for those who are currently in and approaching retirement.

Establish a "Bi-Partisan Commission" to make proposals for reform: A panel of Republicans and Democrats should be formed to develop solutions for the next generation of Social Security. The question must be answered, "How do we protect the future of our nation by protecting Social Security?" The commission report should lead to clear legislation with full buy in from both parties. This is not a Democrat or Republican issue, this is an American issue and we should solve it with American innovation.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/back_to_america/social-security (12/17/2010)

Social Security, a General Statement

For decades candidates have said that Social Security needs to be protected. But, for decades elected politicians have said that there is a problem with the funding of Social Security and it needs reform. By 2016, Social Security will start spending more than it receives each year. Any worker born after 1970, will pay into the system, but will not receive the full benefits promised when they reach 65. We must stop politicking Social Security and start solving Social Security.

If everyone sees the problem, why isn't Social Security fixed? Politicians spend all their energy attacking anyone who talks about Social Security, instead of working toward solutions. It is time to start working on solutions before the next generation suffers under the debt and arrogance of this generation of leaders.

We need to establish a plan of action for Social Security:

Protect the promise: We must guard Social Security benefits for those who are currently in and approaching retirement.

Deal with Fraud: Establish clear and immediate punishment for anyone defrauding the Social Security system. Any person or organization that steals from the benefits of our retired or disabled Americans deserves the full strength of the punishment of our nation.

Establish a "Bi-Partisan Commission" to make proposals for reform: A panel of Republicans and Democrats should be formed to develop solutions for the next generation of Social Security. The question must be answered, "How do we protect the future of our nation by protecting Social Security?" The commission report should lead to clear legislation with full buy in from both parties. This is not a Democrat or Republican issue, this is an American issue and we should solve it with American innovation.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/back_to_america/social-security (12/17/2010)

Taxes
Tax Code

Corporate taxes, payroll taxes, income taxes, estate taxes, fees, and, now, value added taxes are being discussed on top of the other taxes. The time is long overdue for a massive change in our tax burden and our tax code. Our outdated tax system does not need a remodel; we need to tear it down and create a new system. I propose changing our system from taxing income to taxing consumption with a simple system like the FairTax. If you are wealthy and buy more products, you pay more tax. If you purchase very few products, you pay very little tax.

The income tax did not become an American fixture until 1913. (By the way, the income tax was originally only on the "wealthy" in America.) The form 1040 in the year 1935 was accompanied by a two-page instruction booklet; the corresponding instruction booklet for 2007 was 155 pages. To put this in perspective, the current tax regulations are NINE times longer than the Bible at over seven million words. If you want to get answers to your tax questions, there are more than 1,700 publications, forms, and instructions on the IRS website.

The IRS was appropriated $11.6 billion in fiscal year 2010, which is more than the amount Congress appropriated for missile defense programs. In January 2008, the IRS employed more than 100,000 people. When you pay your taxes, remember that a huge portion of your tax burden is used to pay for the collection of your taxes.

Keeping all this in perspective, the enemy is not the IRS or the staff at the IRS. The tax problem is based in Congress and career politicians who write the tax rules. They have gone to Washington, DC, year after year with promises to make this better; instead they have made it worse. We do not need a tweak in the tax code; we need a flush. The tax code has become a method of behavior control, and Americans have allowed it by continually electing people who enjoy the power.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/taxes (12/17/2010)

Internal Revenu Service (IRS)

The IRS was appropriated $11.6 billion in fiscal year 2010, which is more than the amount Congress appropriated for missile defense programs. In January 2008, the IRS employed more than 100,000 people--more than the combined number of employees (as of January 2008) at the Departments of State, Labor, Energy, Housing & Urban Development, and Education, along with the Census Bureau. When you pay your taxes, remember that a huge portion of your tax burden is used to pay for the collection of your taxes.

Keeping all this in perspective, the enemy is not the IRS or the staff at the IRS. The tax problem is based in Congress and career politicians who write the tax rules.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/taxes (12/17/2010)

Taxes Policy

Corporate taxes, payroll taxes, income taxes, estate taxes, fees, and, now, value added taxes are being discussed on top of the other taxes. The time is long overdue for a massive change in our tax burden and our tax code. Our outdated tax system does not need a remodel; we need to tear it down and create a new system. I propose changing our system from taxing income to taxing consumption with a simple system like the FairTax. The FairTax eliminates the income tax, estate tax, corporate tax, and payroll tax and replaces it with a simple system of an across-the-board consumption tax for all Americans. If you are wealthy and buy more products, you pay more tax. If you purchase very few products, you pay very little tax.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/taxes (12/17/2010)

National Sales Tax

I propose changing our system from taxing income to taxing consumption with a simple system like the FairTax. The FairTax eliminates the income tax, estate tax, corporate tax, and payroll tax and replaces it with a simple system of an across-the-board consumption tax for all Americans. If you are wealthy and buy more products, you pay more tax. If you purchase very few products, you pay very little tax.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/taxes (12/17/2010)

Tax Proposals

Corporate taxes, payroll taxes, income taxes, estate taxes, fees, and, now, value added taxes are being discussed on top of the other taxes. The time is long overdue for a massive change in our tax burden and our tax code. Our outdated tax system does not need a remodel; we need to tear it down and create a new system. I propose changing our system from taxing income to taxing consumption with a simple system like the FairTax. The FairTax eliminates the income tax, estate tax, corporate tax, and payroll tax and replaces it with a simple system of an across-the-board consumption tax for all Americans. If you are wealthy and buy more products, you pay more tax. If you purchase very few products, you pay very little tax.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/taxes (12/17/2010)

Taxes, a General Statement

No one likes paying taxes, but we must have some system of revenue for government. The issue really is whether or not taxes are being used wisely, legally, and efficiently. In addition, is our current system the best way to collect taxes? I would say no to both of those issues.

Our government punishes people for saving money, getting out of debt, and selling products. We actually tax all the things we should encourage: we tax people when they buy, when they sell, when they produce, as they work, when they retire, and when they die. Taxes are so complicated that people need tax preparation software and tax advisers. Every decision we make in life seems to boil down to one question: "How will this affect my taxes?"

The conversation in DC centers on needing more "revenue." The conversation should be about spending less and changing the way we tax. There's no question that the system MUST be simplified, and we must spend money more efficiently. Currently almost 50% of all people pay no federal income tax; that inequity must stop. Every person in America should pay something in taxes, even if it is a small amount. When someone receives benefits not from his own work but from the work of others, that is the redistribution of wealth. Instead each person should carry his or her own load.

Corporate taxes, payroll taxes, income taxes, estate taxes, fees, and, now, value added taxes are being discussed on top of the other taxes. The time is long overdue for a massive change in our tax burden and our tax code. Our outdated tax system does not need a remodel; we need to tear it down and create a new system. I propose changing our system from taxing income to taxing consumption with a simple system like the FairTax. If you are wealthy and buy more products, you pay more tax. If you purchase very few products, you pay very little tax.

The tax code has become a method of behavior control, and Americans have allowed it by continually electing people who enjoy the power.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/taxes (12/17/2010)

Income Tax Rates

The income tax did not become an American fixture until 1913. (By the way, the income tax was originally only on the "wealthy" in America.) The form 1040 in the year 1935 was accompanied by a two-page instruction booklet; the corresponding instruction booklet for 2007 was 155 pages. In fact, today's short form, at 48 lines, has double the number of lines of the 1945 version of the standard 1040 tax return. To put this in perspective, the current tax regulations are NINE times longer than the Bible at over seven million words. If you want to get answers to your tax questions, there are more than 1,700 publications, forms, and instructions on the IRS website.

Source: jameslankford.com/category/taxes (12/17/2010)

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