My name is Richard Duncan and I am running for President of the United States in 2016. I am an Independent(non party) candidate. I reside in Aurora, Ohio near Cleveland and am 63 years old. I graduated from Kent State University in 1979 with a Masters Degree in Urban Geography where I prepared myself as a career city planner. I specialized in governmental land use controls and the development of New Communities such as Irvine, California, Columbia, Maryland and Reston, Virginia. In 2008 I received 3,902 votes for President and in 2012 I received 12,556 votes for President. This ranked me the 10th highest vote getter in the USA. I completely fund my own campaign and did so on an about 5000 dollar budget. I believe this is important so that all voters are equally represented. Money donations almost always result in the favoritism toward heavy donors; which is called "quid pro quo".
I. MY SKILLS, QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCES.
From the time I began my Masters Degree training for a career as a City Planner I have continued to enhance and hone my qualifications toward my goal of becoming a public servant to improve the quality of life of all American citizens. These are as follows; In 1971 I was elected Vice President of my freshman class at Mount Union College; In 1975 I worked in the Houston, Texas City Planning Department as a volunteer; In 1976 I attended an Industrial Development Seminar at Georgia Tech where the focus of the program was how to attract business into a governmental jurisdiction; During my Masters Degree years I traveled to every U.S. state (except Hawaii) where I visited the New Communities of Irvine, Reston and Columbia(above) and collected urban land use and transportation plans; During the past 30 years I successfully argued many court cases "pro se" where I was not represented by a lawyer to wit; Duncan vs. Middlefield (1986) 23 Ohio State 83; where I successfully argued before the Ohio Supreme Court what would become the correct law on area variances in Ohio; In a 1991 case the Federal U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed an attorney fee award against me finding that my case was properly filed; In 2005 the Ohio Supreme Court in Duncan vs. Mentor 105 Ohio State 3d 372 agreed with me that Mentor's restrictive covenants as applied to my property may have been a compensatable taking; I have traveled extensively worldwide including 3 trips to Europe which I went to over 20 countries, Russia and Africa. I extensively rode Europe's and China's high speed rail systems; In 2014 I visited India, China, Vietnam and Japan; In 2009 I visited the site of the U.S. Supreme Court case of Kelo v. New London where the City government of New London Connecticut's economic development plan was upheld as constitutional despite its possible use of eminent domain; I am a current member of the City of Kent, Ohio Board of Building Appeals and a current member of the Center for Law and Justice which argues the preservation of Christian viewpoints. Also, please refer to my book referred to above for my life story.
II. MY PRESIDENTIAL PLATFORM 1. HOMELAND SECURITY AND TERRORISM
We as a country must maintain a strong position worldwide.I believe the current strategy in force of a continual offensive bombing is productive. The May 2, 2016 publication of Barron's reported that the coalition currently in force to defeat ISIS has retaken 6 major cities in Syria and Iraq and by late "2017... the Islamic State will reduced to some roving guerrilla bands riding around Syria". We must be careful not to kill innocent people who are caught in the middle of this situation. Many terrorist criminals which misuse the wording of the Q'uron to justify their actions must be dealt with as criminals. The Muslum followers of Islam are not the problem. If we must intensify our efforts and go into a country to correct abuses we must assure we stabilize the situation so that vacuums are not left for terrorists to strengthen such as happened in Iraq(which later spread to Syria). ISIS is the terrible consequence which has resulted from this misguided strategy. The members of these terrorist groups are taught that America is trying to impose western values on their countries. This is not true as in most cases the USA has good intentions. We must increase military spending which will be possible from my below detailed Job and Economic Act.
2.FEDERAL JOBS AND ECONOMIC BOOST ACT(THE DUNCAN PLAN OR FJEBA).
The goal of creating new jobs and preserving the ones we have in this country is crucial to everyone. I will do this by developing ZONES OR GEOGRAPHIC AREAS throughout the nation. Within these zones industries and businesses will be encouraged to locate therein by giving them incentives such as tax breaks and reduced rent or land cost prices. However, in return they must hire our U.S. citizens at a good wage and provide health care coverage. Certain provisions of Obama care will be preserved to provide health care for the truly who need it. These areas will be targeted toward brownfield or distressed sites which are in need of rehabilitation. The corporations will benefit by the above stated cost savings. Such savings will allow the corporations to stop outsourcing their labor costs to Asian countries. This movement has recently been called reshoring. These corporations who participate in this deed for our Nation will be highly praised! These areas will be exhibited by a multiple amount of planning elements which will benefit our Nation; green areas, affordable housing; and in particular the emphasis will be on compact high density developments that eliminate the sprawl issues we have experienced in the last 50 plus years(air pollution and energy costs created by automobile commuting). Commercial areas and parks and schools will round out these areas which will provide beautiful, healthy, spacious, well-balanced and carefully developed districts. The U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Kelo v. New London has upheld the power of governments to implement economic development plans like these for the benefit of the public. These incentives to bring corporations to these zones will be financed by cost savings to the government which will accrue therefrom, for example, increased property tax evaluations will benefit the local schools; increased sales taxes will flow from the commerce activity which will accrue to these areas; increased income taxes will result from the increase in payrolls in the designated areas; also there will be a reduced dependence on the entitlement programs such as welfare; medicaid, medicare and section 8 as citizens will be given jobs so they can pay their own expenses rather then to continue devastating our federal debt. Jail and judicial system costs will be lowered because when people are working crime will be a less attractive option as they will have their own money. The social security problem will also be helped as more workers will be paying into the program.
AN EFFICIENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM will be constructed between these areas with the emphasis on high speed rail systems as I rode in Europe and in China. An improved freight rail system will be implemented. Within these areas efficient transit and bus systems will be built with the intent to reduce automobile dependence with its emissions problems. Finally, these areas cannot come to fruition unless there is an aggressive INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM that will solicit or market these areas.
3. Term limits to about a 10 year term will be mandated for Congress in order to eliminate the career politicians which are looking out for lobbyists and special interests and their own pocketbooks rather than the U.S. citizens future. These politicians portray that they are out for the people but much of what they do out of the public eye is to assure they get re-elected.
4. A fourth issue of concern to me is to assure equal opportunities for all children to receive an education. Despite what economic or social status one is born into, it is important for everyone to improve their quality of life if they so choose.
5. A firm and fair immigration policy will be implemented which deters illegal crossings of our borders. Fences will be built in the high traffic areas and employers will be highly fined for hiring illegals. Quota policies will be reviewed to allow for needed workers in various sectors but our jobs will not be stolen by illegal immigrants.
6. Alternative energy sources such as wind and solar power will be aggressively sought and off-shore drilling will be increased, but with a careful eye on the environment.
7. The morals in our country will be preserved with the pro life movement and maintaining the right to worship a God of ones choice. I am a member of the First United Methodist Church but I respect all religions.
8. Tax cuts similar to "Reaganomics" will be implemented to spur the economy and our federal deficit will be addressed by the above stated cost savings and a tax increase on the top 2 percent of Americans who can afford to pay more.
9. Our Constitutional freedoms will be preserved such as gun rights(I am against gun free zones),unreasonable searches and seizures, free speech, free market trade and religious choice. Privacy may have to be sacrificed accordingly due to the terrorists recent use of cell phones and similar computer technology.
WHY I AM THE BEST CANDIDATE
I am self funded so no one has bought and paid for my actions; I believe my Masters Degree training gives me the tools and skills to improve our country. I have listened to close to 50,000 Americans who have personally signed my petitions so I have a good understanding as to what we need. Our 2- Party political system is in desperate need of reform. I run as an Independent as I feel the existing political system does not help out ordinary citizens or voters. The Republican and Democrat politicians and the Court systems and the administrative branch owe loyalty first to those who fund them. These donors are typically corporations and wealthy individuals who donate with the hope of getting favorable legislation and rulings. Millionaire and career politicians can not possibly fairly represent us due to their own self-interests. We as Americans, if we unite, are simply "too big to fail"! The only way to solve this problem is to stop voting for them!!!! As President I will strive to restore the government and the country back to the people, voters and citizens, the common man and the many. The few which have been instigated by a greedy minority of wealth and privilege and who hope to exploit the vast majority will be removed!>RESPECTFULLY RICHARD DUNCAN