How Can Ray Mills Antley Double Your Salary?
Not all of the Republican presidential candidates were giving big speeches at the event in South Carolina sponsored by Citizens United this weekend. One of those GOP presidential candidates not featured in the lineup there was Dr. Ray Mills Antley, a diagnostic radiologist from North Carolina. Yet, Antley is one of the more interesting of the Republican candidates.
Antley’s campaign is centered around economic issues, but he doesn’t say what you’d expect for a Republican. “The American people have been horribly oppressed by corporate interests.” That’s a line you didn’t hear from Citizen United’s candidates.
Antley distinguishes between free market capitalism, in which trade is allowed to flow without restriction, and national capitalism, in which trade is regulated by national governments. “Free market capitalism is the capitalism of empire,” he says. Unlike every other Republican presidential candidate I’ve heard, Antley is not a supporter of free market capitalism. He supports the re-regulation of trade, to prevent jobs from being outsourced to sweatshops in autocratic countries overseas. Antley goes so far as to commit GOP heresy by criticizing Adam Smith: “Adam Smith speaks of an invisible hand producing rapid national growth. If he were correct in his analysis, we should see these positive effects. Wages (inflation adjusted) in the US economy have been stagnant/ slowly declining for the past 40 years. 40 years of failure is enough.”
The plan to double your salary that Antley proposes is to replace payroll taxes with a 45% tariff on the importation of foreign goods. Antley would also replace the income tax for those earning under $120,000 per year, and replace it with a national sales tax. The idea is that these measures will drive up real wages in the United States.
With policies like these, one may question whether Ray Mills Antley is actually Republican, or just posing as one. Policy prescriptions such as “Enforce the Border” and “Eliminate Welfare. Let the shiftless shift for themselves” end these doubts.
I wouldn’t vote for Antley myself, but if you’re a Republican voter, looking for a politician who is more reasonable than the extremists getting the most attention on TV, you could do worse than casting a vote for Antley in the GOP primary in your state.