Well, thanks for posting a plan! I agree with parts of it. I'll list the items
I disagree with (respectfully).
1) Raise the minimum wage - I'm opposed to this. I think products and
services (including labor) should be market-driven. The value of a service,
and the availability of that service, should determine the price. If no one
is willing to perform a service for the going rate, the rate will go up.
(This assumes no illegals are present and willing to undercut the rate
2) Off-shore manufacturing - This is also a supply and demand issue. If
we can't produce the goods in this country at a price the consumers are
willing to pay, then the companies will logically seek ways to reduce the
costs (including cheaper labor). Unless you impose regulations on companies
forbidding them to outsource their labor, or otherwise apply dis-incentives
to the practice, this is a perfectly logical solution from the companies
perspective. Protectionism has it's downsides.
3) Use our own oil, forbid exporting - Same problems as item 2). We are
a free market society. Producers have the right to sell their product
wherever they can make the best return on investment (most profit).
It might be worthwhile to subsidize oil producers to provide incentive to
keep the product in the U.S., but we the people still have to pay for
4) Ban tobacco - I'm against that, for the same reasons that I am FOR
the decriminalization of all drugs. Treat people as adults, make them
responsible for their own decisions, and stop bailing them out when
they make mistakes. Someone gets hooked on drugs and loses their
job, home, family, etc, well that is certainly tragic, but it is definitely
cause and effect. The individual should live (or die) with the consequences,
without any intervention or interference from the government.
I mean no disrespect to you, I just disagree with portions of your plan.
However, it IS a plan - something I haven't seen from congress.