Terry Jones, the press hungry pastor of a tiny Gainesville church that damn near caused an international incident by promising to host "Burn a Koran" day, has decided he's going to run for president. Because that's exactly what we need: more wackos people running for president! In his press release Jones doesn't clarify whether he'll try to run as an Independent or attempt a last minute swoop into the GOP fray, but there's no doubt that his platform is conservative.
The platform, as outlined in seven points, seeks to deport all illegal immigrants, cut taxes, cut spending, and cut bureaucracy. For a guy known for hating Islam, his platform doesn't even touch on the religion:
1. Stop overspending immediately.
We are now overspending by 4 billion dollars a day.
2. Balance the budget.
If this is not done, then we will experience a total collapse of our economy and way of life.
3. Reduce military spending.
All military on foreign soil should be brought back immediately and all future involvement of
military on foreign soil should not be engaged until our country has become economically
strong again. The security of our nation must be reexamined and our military spending must
be cut by several billion dollars.
4. Deport all illegals.
We must immediately begin the deportation of the 20 million illegal aliens living in our country.
This would be an operation similar to what Eisenhower did to provide jobs for the soldiers
who were coming home after the war.
5. Also saving us 400 billion dollars per year.
6. Reduce corporate taxes.
Our corporate taxes are the highest in the world. Corporate taxes must be reduced
immediately in order to encourage people to start new businesses and existing corporations
to expand, thus producing the jobs that are needed.
7. Reduce bureaucracy. We must reexamine the bureaucracy of our government and
businesses. We are dying and drowning in bureaucracy, rules and regulations. Companies
must be held accountable for the consumer's protection, but the over-control and overkill
that we have is destroying our companies.
Jones may be a disgraced, press-hungry, reckless, dangerous zealot, but his platform actually doesn't sound all that much different than any of the Republicans running. Not sure if that says more about Jones or the modern-day GOP.