COLUMN: local Republican party announces platform
Robert Bernosky writes about the boards, or the problems, that the general public faces.
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San Benito County Republican Party announces its Party Platform. The party platform sets out the general goals of the San Benito County Republican Party (the “Party”), said to appeal to the general public and receive support for the complex issues facing the general public. The individual issues within a party platform are called boards. All the planks as well as the foundation build the platform.
The Republican National Committee and the California Republican Party have platforms. This platform is customized for the Local Party, elected officials, local media and voters in San Benito County.
Foundation of our platform
America and the Constitution of the United States of America
The United States of America is a great country which is a land of opportunity for all. The Party rejects what appears to be the sentiment of much of the “left”: failure, misery, resentment, victimization and hatred for the country.
The Party embraces the Constitution of the United States of America as written as the supreme law of the land and adopts the principles of the Declaration of Independence.
The Party supports the California Constitution as the foundation that defines the duties, powers, structure and functions of state government. The Party respects the fact that the State of California is a hybrid direct democracy where many decisions are voted on by the people, and many decisions are made by representatives of the people.
Local elected officials should focus primarily on the important issues facing San Benito County, including the delivery of the services that the local government offers best, such as physical infrastructure, law enforcement, education and natural resource management under the control of San Benito County. Participation in issues debated at the state or national level distracts attention and unnecessarily prolongs meetings, decreases public participation and can hamper good decision-making by local elected officials.
Orders, regulations and other actions that act as law should include sunset provisions, where appropriate, or require periods of public review.
everyone is welcome
The Party welcomes all who join our platform, regardless of race, gender, sexual preference, religious beliefs or special needs.
PLATE 1 Low taxes
Taxes take various forms under the control of elected officials in San Benito County, including sales taxes, bond measures, service fees, transaction fees, application fees, and utility fees. High taxes hurt everyone, but especially the poor and the middle class. The Party believes that taxes should be simple, fully transparent and low, and increased only when other options for meeting tax needs have been exhausted.
The Party reminds residents that voters often pass tax increases on themselves by not reading the voting measures carefully or not voting at all.
PLATE 2 Law enforcement and public safety
Law and order are the cornerstone of a thriving and strong community. Law enforcement and other public safety functions are the primary responsibility of any government. The Party believes that law enforcement, its agents and other employees should be strongly supported. Laws must be meaningful, fair and deter crime. Criminal activity must be discouraged and criminals must be held accountable.
The Party believes that when an individual in law enforcement abuses his power, he should be held accountable and appropriately disciplined in accordance with the law.
PLATE 3 Education
Every child deserves a great education to acquire the skills necessary to be successful in adulthood. Every child deserves to be safe at school.
Parents should be able to enroll students in schools, including charter schools or school districts, that they believe are best for their child.
All programs, including approved by the school board and administration, and all material presented by the teacher, must be advertised and made available to parents and the public before being used in the classroom.
The Party strongly rejects the concept of “co-parenting” with any form of government where the government drives a wedge between children and their parents. Activities which traditionally require parental or legal guardian approval should remain as requiring actual parental or legal guardian approval. No government (federal, state or local) should take its place.
PLATE 4 The local economy, employment and agriculture
Agriculture in San Benito County provides jobs and other economic benefits, as well as a culture that represents the free market for work. The Party believes that local leaders should not do anything that suppresses agriculture and strive to provide a favorable environment for agricultural business, including by recognizing private property rights and promoting the heritage and culture of the country. ‘Agriculture.
The local economy must grow. When people can forgo hours of commuting, they have more time to spend with their families and participate in the San Benito County community. The Party believes that local elected officials should take decisions that will increase jobs locally, including recognizing that entry / exit problems significantly reduce the creation of well-paid jobs; that these transport problems must be solved intelligently and not on the fly. The Party believes that the “welfare state”, where large numbers of people depend on government transfer payments, should be avoided. It is better to adopt policies that encourage job creation and meaningful jobs.
PLATE 5 Individual liberty
Individuals should make most of the decisions for what is best for them, and local government should be as unintrusive as possible in personal decision-making.
Elected leaders and bureaucracies should allow residents of San Benito County who are afraid to be with others to shelter and lodge in their homes while allowing those who are not afraid to get out and about. do it freely. Businesses wishing to deny entry to people should be allowed to do so, provided that such action is not discriminatory.
The right to bear arms is enshrined in the United States Constitution, and local officials must not prevent residents of San Benito County from exercising their Second Amendment rights.
PLATE 6 Transport
The ability to move people and goods is the cornerstone of a strong economy and quality of life. The Party believes that the quality of life for residents of San Benito County would be significantly improved if local transportation issues were addressed, including: 1) county entry / exit issues for industry and commuters, 2) commuter rail transportation to Santa Clara County, 3) farm-to-market access, 4) sufficiently wide roads, and 5) sufficient road maintenance.
PLATE 7 State and federal interference
Local officials often voluntarily partner with state and national leaders and their bureaucracies to promulgate laws, rules and regulations. Many of these “one size fits all” restrict San Benito County. The Party believes that local elected officials should push back against onerous laws, rules and regulations that harm our local economy and our quality of life. Elected leaders should adopt measures that preemptively block new state and federal regulations for issues that are best dealt with locally. We know what’s best for San Benito County, not Sacramento and Washington DC.
Our participation in state and national issues and dialogue with state and federal lawmakers and bureaucrats should be to advocate for common sense solutions to California’s problems, in areas such as surface water storage, strong criminal justice system that actually ensures the safety of residents, bogus anti- fossil fuel initiatives and other areas of governance that are detrimental to the here and now residents of San Benito County.
PLATE 8 Immigration and local jobs
Legal immigration contributes to our economy, creates diverse and vibrant communities, and is often the basis of job-creating innovation. Illegal immigration takes jobs away from natural citizens and those who immigrated legally, creates an underground economy and illicit behavior, and increases social costs. The Party believes that local leaders should push back against state and national policies that encourage illegal immigration.
For more information, contact Rob Bernosky, chairman of the San Benito County Republican Party at (831) 801-5823 or [email protected]