Why me? Why Libertarian?
As North Dakota’s lone voice in the U.S. House I would fight daily to drastically reduce the size and scope of the federal government. A recent Gallup poll found that nearly 70% of Americans think big government is a threat to their future. Only the Libertarian Party and it’s candidates are working to repeal laws and truly shrink government. What will this leave? Individual liberty and a small, constitutional government that is limited to defending our lives, liberty and prosperity.
Voting for a candidate with a D or R by their name sends a message. It says, “keep doing what you are doing”, i.e. raise taxes, spend more, add to our debt, start more wars and invent more doomed to fail government programs. It gives them permission to keep government big. Voting Libertarian says: “You do not have my permission nor approval to sustain or grow big government. Shrink it now.”
Our Crushing National Debt.
Our nearly $20 trillion debt is a huge threat to our national security and way of life. How? Well, if the Dollar were to suddenly devalue or flat out collapse, we will all experience a severe loss in our wealth and purchasing power. Imagine the dollars in your wallet being worth half or less of what they are today, along with your savings and retirement accounts. Carrying this kind of debt makes those scenarios possible. Meanwhile, Kevin Cramer and others in Congress continue to vote for budgets that send us further in debt, even voting to suspend the debt ceiling outright. They’ve basically given themselves a credit card with no limit and they’re expecting future generations to pay the bill. The recently passed $1.1 trillion “Omnibus” spending bill, loaded with unnecessary spending is a perfect example of the terrible job Democrats and Republicans are doing with our money. In fact, they weren’t given time to read the whole bill before they voted for it! If elected, I will NOT vote for an unbalanced budget or increases in our debt ceiling. Ever. Nor will I vote for a bill I haven’t even read. I think that’s just common sense.
Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
While there is no doubt that cutting unnecessary spending from the discretionary portion of the budget is a step in the right direction to fixing our debt crisis, there really isn’t any way to “cut” ourselves to solvency. Instead, it’s going to require a complete overhaul of our government and how it functions. In 2015, $888 billion (24% of the budget) went to Social Security, while Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP and ACA (Obamacare subsidies) totaled $938 billion. (25% of budget) While these numbers aren’t sustainable, they get even worse with a total unfunded future liability number of over $100 trillion dollars. That number will never be met. As your Congressman, I will work to take the difficult but necessary steps to completely overhaul these programs in order to save future generations from near certain bankruptcy. Those steps would include: 1. Repealing Obamacare and getting the government out of healthcare, allowing a true free market to operate. 2. Block granting Medicare and Medicaid funds to the states and allowing each state to administer the programs as they see fit, creating 50 centers of innovation in the process that will create better care at much lower costs. 3. Making Social Security a voluntary program and allow citizens to opt out and manage their own retirement if they so choose, while honoring our commitment to those at or near retirement age. Some may accuse me of “taking grandma’s healthcare and retirement away” but that simply isn’t true. The fact is we must have massive reforms to these programs that will benefit everyone before they simply go belly up due to economic reality.
Foreign Policy & Terrorism.
Our government’s longstanding policy of intervention in the Middle East and around the globe has produced disastrous results. Thousands of brave Americans killed, tens of thousands of brave Americans injured, trillions of our dollars spent and yet terrorism is on the rise worldwide. Unfortunately, Kevin Cramer and others in Congress continue to vote for more intervention such as sending more money, weapons and troops into unstable regions with no plan. Yes, it’s time for you and I to do something completely different. If elected, I will fight for and support a policy of non-interventionism, a policy our nation was founded on. It’s obvious that we simply can’t and shouldn’t be the police of the world. It’s time to get out and stay out of the Middle East and allow the players in the region to settle their own religious and political differences that have been the source of terror and violence for thousands of years. The simple truth is that yes, our military can destroy ISIS and overthrow regimes. Then what? What will rise up from those ruins when we leave? How many new terrorists will we create in the process? Let’s secure our homeland by focusing on our borders, customs, ports of entry and terror intelligence, not spreading troops around the world in a misguided effort to drive out an ideology.
If elected, I will immediately co-sponsor H.R. 25, the FairTax Act. This bill has 73 cosponsors in the House and will abolish the IRS and all federal income taxes including personal, estate, gift, capital gains, alternative minimum, Social Security, Medicare, self-employment and corporate tax, and replace them with a national sales tax. This allows you to keep 100% of what you earn while only paying tax only on what you spend. It also gives every legal resident household an “advance refund”, or “prebate”, at the beginning of each month so that purchases made up to the poverty level are tax-free. The prebate prevents an unfair burden on low-income families. There is no doubt this bill would usher in a new era of economic expansion like we have never seen.
While the current administration and the mainstream media do their best to spin our “economic recovery”, most of us know better. It only takes a cursory glance beyond the headlines to see the real condition of the economy and the false recovery they are touting. Our labor participation rate is at it’s lowest in 40 years, nearly half of all Americans are on government assistance and real wages haven’t grown in over a decade. Meanwhile, income disparity continues to widen, despite the hard work and effort of everyday working folks. Our stock and housing markets are in a massive bubble along with a $1 trillion student loan crisis. As someone who works in the financial sector, I fully understand just how precarious our economy is. The root cause of most of these problems lies directly at the steps of the Federal Reserve Bank and it’s policies, specifically zero interest rates and money printing. If elected I will make it a top priority to do everything I can to audit and end the Federal Reserve, and to restore a sound money policy that rewards everyday citizens not the big banks and Wall Street. No “Too Big To Fail”, no bailouts and no cronyism.
4th Amendment Rights.
North Dakotans need a Representative in Washington that will protect their privacy and liberties. That’s exactly what I will do. In the name of security, our government has granted themselves power to invade our personal privacy nearly at will. I will vote no every time on legislation that violates our civil liberties. We all want to be safe, but throwing out our 4th Amendment rights by allowing the government to snoop into our daily lives without due process is not a path to safety, it’s a path to a totalitarian state. If the authorities believe there is suspicious activity they need to look into, our founders granted them a very useful tool. It’s called a warrant.
War on Drugs.
The war on drugs has been a total failure that we have already spent over $1 trillion on, wasting resources and wrecking lives in the process. To me, the tragic case of Andrew Sadek from Wahpeton is a clear example of how wrong this policy is. I don’t use drugs nor do I encourage others to use them but I do recognize your right to personal liberty and ingesting things into your own body as you see fit. As your Congressman I will support ending the war on drugs, repealing all federal drug prohibition laws and leaving it up to the states to legalize and regulate as they see fit. This would result in an immediate reduction in crime plus it would free up law enforcement to focus on victim crimes such as robbery, rape and murder. Furthermore, releasing all non-violent drug offenders from our bloated prison system would save us billions each year while restoring families and empower those individuals to contribute to society. It’s time to treat drug us as a health issue rather than a criminal issue and put our resources towards education and rehabilitation to curb use.
I fully support the 2nd Amendment and will oppose any legislation that needlessly restricts a law abiding citizen’s right to self preservation.
I support term limits and will vote for congressional passage and support state ratification of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would set term limits on the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. Our Congress should be made of citizen legislators, not career politicians. Forcing term limits upon our representatives encourages them to do the right thing, rather than focus on re-election.
The Libertarian Party understands the sensitivity of this issue and that good faith views can be held from both sides. That being said, I am pro-life with exceptions for rape and mother’s health. I believe in the unalienable rights to life and liberty for all human beings, including those at the beginning stages of development.