Our Issues: Issues affect people differently. However, the issues that affect Latinos affect the everyday American. Below are some of the most important issues that we will focus on. We seek to inform, educate, and promote useful solutions in these areas.
Education: Support Your Local Charter School! With an estimated 65% of Latino Americans younger than 25 yrs. Of age, and 40% under 18, in the southwest, education is one of the most important issues in the minds of Latinos. Most polls suggest that apart from the jobs, the economy, and immigration, Education should be the top subject of the politicians. According to The Hoover Institution, A charter school is an independent public school free from most bureaucratic hassles in return for producing superior results. The charter-school movement needs to augment its supply of people with the know-how and the desire to create and lead successful schools. Moreover, The charter model appealed to Latino parents in particular. Overall, 52% of parents — those who have a child or grandchild age 18 or under living at home — said they would consider enrolling their children in a charter school, compared to 38% who said they would not. Among Latino parents, 56% were in favor. From Texas to California, More about half the state’s public school students are Latino. Read Education Studies and Op-eds here>>
Immigration: Our nation was founded on the principles of free market and immigration. Workers were willing to toil the fields and factories were managed to make this nation financially prosperous. With four million baby boomers becoming eligible to retire each year, and a shrinking tax base as a result, we believe it is crucial that Congress acts to overhaul our broken immigration system. Congress needs to pass a legislation that is consistent with our capitalist system which will supply the needs of labor pool to increase our taxes base, revenue that can be used to pay for entitlements. fixing our broken immigration system is a conservative position similar those espoused by President Reagan, George W. Bush, and conservative Think Tanks like the Hoover institution, CATO, AEI, and the Manhattan Institute. They agree that passing an immigration reform is the only alternative to solve our broken immigration system which in turn will supply the necessary pool of workers to keep our economy dynamic, innovative, and strong. Read Immigration Studies and Op-eds here>>
Taxes: With 26% of Americans paying 76% of the federal budget, we believe that source of our economic problems is not the lack of taxes but rather too much spending. Consequently, any increase of taxes without restraining the ability of the federal government to spend will only result in more bureaucratic policies that do not address our financial problems. This will, in turn, exacerbate our federal deficit and national debt. Moreover, high taxes in fact hinder jobs creation, especially on small businesses. Small business owners cannot hire employees or invest on the economy due to high corporate taxes. Therefore, we believe increasing taxes alone to pay for over spending is not the solution. We support the tax and appropriate reform as the one promoted by the Simpson-Bowles Bipartisan Commission that clearly states on how we need to cut four trillion in the next 10 years.
Jobs: As a young group, Latinos are one of the youngest voting blocs in the nation. With a medium age of 28-years of age, a national unemployment at 11% among Latinos, Jobs and the economy are among of the most pressing issues in the minds of Latinos. Therefore, we believe that Congress must work to develop policies that will lower taxes to foment job creation, promote jobs creation through more Free Trade, create retraining programs for those Americans displaced by Trade Agreements with other nations. Only through job innovation and retraining programs Latinos can find good-paying jobs and move up into the middle–class. And a strong Latino middle-class that is created with high-skilled labor pool and high-paying jobs is good not only for Latinos, but for America. Read Jobs and economic Studies and Op-eds here>>
Voter Registration: With an estimated 25 million of eligible Latinos voters in the U.S. we believe it is vital the politicians, community leaders, and Hispanic businesses promote voter registration to educate and inform those Latino Americans eligible to vote. An estimate 11 million of Latino voters will cast their vote in 2012 elections. However, with an estimated 25 million of eligible Latinos voters in the U.S., we believes these numbers are weak and thus do not reflect the full impact the Hispanic vote. Therefore, we believe it is vital that politicians, community leaders, and Hispanic businesses promote voter registration to educate and inform those Latino Americans eligible to vote. Read about Voter Registrations here>>