Jerry R. Curry Believes We Should All Work to:
1. Ensure the Safety of American Citizens as
the Highest Priority
We must strengthen homeland security, renew our
alliances with other nations,
and jointly develop
strategies to defeat terrorism. We must properly resource our military
and increase its size. Concurrently our police, firefighters and all
first responders must be properly trained and equipped to meet the
safety needs of our citizens. Binding all this together should be
strengthened lines of communications between federal, state and local
governments. Then it will be possible to deal with any terrorist threats
by ensuring that all emergency plans are effective, coordinated, and
2. Strengthen the American economy
If the government spends more money than it
takes in in taxes, it is forced to borrow. What it borrows it must pay back
with interest. If it can't pay its loans back on time, the government is
forced to borrow more or it will default on its debts. It is a downward
spiral that brings the whole economy down with it. That is why the
budget must be balanced and we must work to get America out of debt.
This includes keeping taxes, inflation and the size of government down
and using middle class tax cuts to help restore the purchasing power of
struggling American families.
3. Protect American Sovereignty
We should all uphold and enforce the immigration
laws of our nation and not sell Americans out to globalistic
philosophies and ideologies.
U.S. firms, both large and small, should be
encouraged to support the American people and the American economy—to
hire within this country and to produce within this country. We should
also be alert to foreign investments in the U.S., especially in critical
sectors such as infrastructure, banking, advanced technology and
4. Refrain from engaging in trade deals
that harm Americans
American workers and their jobs are worth
fighting for and protecting. Our goal should be to produce more of
what we consume, export more of what we produce, and create conditions
that will encourage investment in producing more tradable goods and
We should address the trading world as it is,
not as we wish it were or wish it to be twenty-five years from now.
Let us identify and address the huge gaps between commitments made by
our trading partners and their de facto policies. And remember that
endless trade negotiations will not solve our current account deficits,
especially with Asia. We need solutions now to keep America's economy
Where our trading partners are using currency
manipulation to subsidize their manufactured goods, the U.S. should
attach an "equalization fee" to their exports to help level the
import-export playing field. And Congress should give our trade
negotiators the diplomatic clout they require to force needed currency
adjustments with trade surplus countries.
We must do whatever it takes to balance our
trade and capital accounts. Our huge trade deficits are seriously
damaging our economy and cannot be sustained indefinitely.
5. Support and Uphold the United States
Let us return to our nation's founding
principles by appointing judges who will strictly interpret the U.S.
Constitution and by educating our populace on the merits of the
Constitution. We must work with Congress and with state and local governments to ensure that
the nation is following constitutional principles.
6. Protect Against Intellectual
Intellectual property theft is a serious
crime that undermines our industry and our national security and it
should be treated as the serious crime that it is. Meaningful penalties
must be established to prevent the theft of America's intellectual
7. Enhance Provision of Health Care and
Our nation should support creative
initiatives to ensure that all our citizens have access to the
cost-effective health care and health insurance that they need. Let us
encourage private sector initiatives for a health
care plan that promotes cost-effective prevention and excellent medical
care for all. Any such plan should place personal responsibility for the
plan’s execution with the individual and the private sector.
A key part of any such plan is preventive care and affordable
8. Support Human Life at all Stages:
from the Unborn to the Elderly
I believe we should all uphold the intrinsic
value of human life. This includes acknowledging and protecting
the life of the unborn child, the life of the elderly and the most
vulnerable among us, and the traditional institution of marriage and family in our
9. Support Environmental Stewardship
We are answerable to future generations for our
stewardship of the environment. We must ensure that
we protect and preserve the environment, that we maximize alternative
means of clean energy, and that we support the implementation of green
technologies, sustainable development and the use of best practices in
waste reduction and waste management.
10. Ensure Energy independence
Energy independence can be attained and, at
the same time, the environment protected. First, we must increase the
availability of nuclear power. Next, we must maximize the use of clean
coal processes to produce electricity and finally, we need to increase
our domestic oil supply.
Exploration for new sources of oil and gas
should be a priority in our efforts to make America energy independent.
This includes exploration of the portion of the ANWR lands in the Arctic
where we know there to be a significant supply.
As in the case in Japan and France, nuclear
energy should be a major supplier of electricity. The safety and
security of each facility, of course, should be paramount. And other
forms of alternative energy must be encouraged such as converting ocean
wave action into energy and using aluminum oxide fuel cells to power
11. Restore this Nation to a Place of
Prominence and Prosperity
It is important for our country to
strengthen our educational programs at all levels from elementary
through higher education and to encourage a renaissance in American
literature, music, art, history, science, and mathematics. And we must
provide young American entrepreneurs with the resources they need to be
We must nurture the critical thinking skills
of our citizens and strengthen the teaching of ethics and moral
development at all levels of education. All of our institutions should
reflect the importance of our democratic values.