Over the past three decades, the center of American politics has been hollowed out.
According to NBC’s Chuck Todd, the ideological overlap of the country has fallen by almost 80 percent since 1994. I believe this is due in large part to the proliferation of highly partisan news media, and exacerbated by the faceless nature of social media.
So today, I would like to make the case for an independent political party that bridges the ideological divide.
I will, first, define a political independent; second, outline an independent policy construction framework; and third, highlight two key issues around which an independent policy platform can be constructed.
So first. My definition a political independent is someone ideologically disgusted by both Elizabeth Warren on the Left and Ted Cruz on Right.
While, according to Gallup, 34 percent of Americans consider themselves politically “moderate”, I believe upwards of 50 percent would fall under my definition.
Second. Independent policy construction must be ideologically agnostic toward government and free market, and work backwards from end goal to policy solution.
The free market operates according to “return on investment”, or ROI. While the government exists to FUND goods and services that do not meet the free market’s ROI hurdle rate. National security, public infrastructure, a social safety net, etc.
But the government is terrible at implementation, which is where the free market comes in.
So I like to say: Let the government fund it, and the free market run it.
Finally. Healthcare and climate change represent two key issues around which an independent policy platform can be constructed.
On both issues, the Left and Right engage in an unnecessary ideological debate of government v. free market, which ignores the proper role of each, as previously outlined.
Take healthcare. According to the Kaiser Foundation, there are 156 million Americans on private healthcare insurance; 106 million on government insurance – Medicaid and Medicare; and 29 million uninsured.
By leveraging our current public/private structure, we can cost-effectively cover the 29 million uninsured for less than 2 percent of GDP per year.
And likewise with climate change. Unregulated, free market natural gas fracking has been the primary driver of our reduction in CO2 emissions; while government funding has been the primary driver of the wind and solar industries reaching standalone, free market viability.
So in summary. The ideological overlap of America has fallen by almost 80 percent since 1994, creating the need for a well-constructed, independent political party.
My definition of a political independent is someone ideologically disgusted by both Elizabeth Warren and Ted Cruz; independent policy construction must be ideologically agnostic toward government and free market; and lastly, healthcare and climate change represent two key issues around which an independent policy platform can be constructed.
So in conclusion, please vote for me in 2020.