Republican Candidate, Thomas Oh
United States House of Representatives
Virginia’s 8th Congressional District
On the Issues
The current national debt exceeds $21 trillion. I will work smart to minimize waste on taxes paid by you. My experience in the military has personally shown me that there is overspending in the procurement of equipment that is barely used by the troops nor fully mission capable. We need to spend less and reallocate that money to military training operations to increase the lethality of our troops. Spend smart, eliminate the debt!
I fully support removing Income Tax and applying a National Sales Tax. People will no longer feel the need to cheat their taxes under the new system, and thus we can reduce the amount of government waste that the IRS conducts by doing audits. Taxes will be higher for luxury goods, lower for inferior goods, and moderate for normal goods. Essentially the average American will go from paying 25% in income taxes a year to paying 5% percent in Federal Sales Tax for a normal good, such as a pair of shoes. That is 20% less in taxes paid for the average American. Lower income families will go from paying a 15% income tax to paying 3% of Federal Sales Tax on products such as milk. Lower income families will end up saving money. The wealthy will go from paying over 30% in income taxes, to paying only 15% in taxes on a luxury good such as a Ferrari. With this policy, everybody wins and the government will win by the increase of economic growth and increase in transactions!
Tougher laws are needed to crush today’s major discrimination issues. Current laws such as the Civil Service Member Relief Act does not do enough to protect military reservists from being discriminated on being hired for the job. America’s heroes shouldn’t have to fight to have a fair chance for employment or employment conditions. The wages of employees need to be audited to ensure equality in the work environment. If male employees are earning more than a female supervisor, then the company should face a tax penalty and provide proper restitution of wages for discriminating an employee or potential employee. Likewise, our sisters, daughters, mothers, and all women should not face unfair business practices. No one in this country should ever be discriminated based on their religious beliefs, ethnicity, race, age, military status, veteran status, gender affiliation, sexual orientation. We all heard the common saying, “treat others as you would like to be treated”.
At the end of the day, abortion is a tragic action but I respect the law of the land. If there is endangerment, rape, or incest on the mother I understand the need for an abortion. I also understand the belief that women have the right to their own bodies. However, there is another life that is at stake, and life is too precious.
I believe the current society does not do enough to support women who may become pregnant. I would like to support women, who become pregnant, by providing them with the tools to complete their education without having to fall behind in school. The same goes for pregnant women who wish to progress in their professional careers without any hindrance. I wish to empower women by making sure women are able to have children without worrying about: how society may view them, not completing their education on time, or falling back in their careers.
Theodore Roosevelt always said, “speak softly, and carry a big stick”. I agree that we should always be ready to fight tonight and that the United States needs to proactively take actions to maintain its position as the beacon of freedom throughout the world. Strategic Patience proved to be a disaster during the Obama administration in which we are now faced with an asymmetrical position with North Korea. Passive strategies such as strategic patience only allows our enemies like North Korea to become a greater threat. The world watched as it allowed North Korea to develop its nuclear weapons program. I, Thomas Oh, am against tariffs and believe that we should provide incentives to our trading partners rather than penalizing them.
Oh vs. Beyer at a Glance
|Issue||Oh (Republican)||Beyer (Democrat)|
|Budget: how to balance||Cut expenditures||Increase taxes|
|Marriage eligibility||As a Libertarian Leaning Republican, he is open to same-sex marriage||Any couple|
|Education||Parental choice: Vouchers for homeschool, private school, charter schools. Opposes national standards||Require all schools to pass national standards (Common Core)|
|Environment: government regulation of greenhouse gases||Opposes||Favors, via carbon tax. Supports animal rights|
|Families||Wants to require all companies to provide 7 years of unpaid maternity leave||Wants Federal workers to have six weeks of paid maternity leave|
|Foreign policy||Opposes Obama’s Strategic Patience approach||Wants Palestine and Israel declared states|
|Free Trade||Favors incentives over tariffs to reduce tariffs on U.S. products||Voted to increase Ex-Im bank loan limit|
|Campaign financing||Regulate indirect campaign contributions||Government financing via vouchers|
|Guns||Keep guns out of the hands of criminals||Close the gun show loophole; ban high capacity magazines|
|Militarily prevent hostile gov’ts from possessing nuclear weapons||Yes||No|
|Immigration||Wants to establish rule of law to allow for fairness in opportunity for achieving the American Dream for immigrants||Wants path to citizenship and in-state tuition for all illegal aliens|
|Tax reform||Replace income tax with national sales tax (the Fair Tax)||Increase top income-tax bracket to 39.6%|