Cut Government Spending
The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government, and I’m here to help
~ Ronald Reagan ~
In order to eliminate federal income taxes and balance the federal budget, we must enact spending freezes, privatize multiple agencies, repeal multiple job-killing regulations. Additionally, we must strengthen Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, which represent 70% of total spending. All three programs will run out of money in 2035, 2029, and 2028 respectively.
Enacting spending freeze at Department of Defense, Dept. of Agriculture, Dept. of Justice, Dept. of Homeland Security, Dept. of State;
Privatize Energy, HUD, Commerce, Interior, and Education Departments; Postal Service and Amtrak.
Defund Public Broadcasting, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Planned Parenthood.
Repeal ObamaCare, Dodd-Frank, federal minimum wage, National Labor Relations Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Davis-Bacon Act, Americans with Disabilities Act
Restore Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to long term solvency; allow younger workers to privately invest a portion of Social Security taxes in individual accounts. This will create a system that treats women, minorities, and young people more fairly.
Here is how we cut government spending:
First, Stop sending Democrats & Republicans to Congress!
Second, Abolish federal income taxes.
Third, Cut $1.5 Trillion annually from federal budget
Only then can “We the People” truly restore our liberty.
Pass A Balanced Budget Amendment
Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt.
~ Herbert Hoover ~
The Republican Party has officially abandoned any pretense of balancing the budget, or cutting spending. In this regard, they join their colleagues at the Democrat Party. The Libertarian Party is the only party of principle on this issue.
The biggest consequence of our massive federal government spending today is the federal debt. As of February 2018, the USA is $21 trillion in debt. That number more than quadruples to $120 trillion when you include unfunded liabilities.
The combination of the recent tax cut and spending legislation is widely expected to increase our current $21 trillion debt by an additional $1 trillion annually.
Given the amount of red ink the GOP is piling onto the backs of taxpayers, it should come as no surprise that President Trump endorsed a $.25 gas tax hike to pay for the Republicans spending spree. Trump’s plan has already been endorsed by John Kerry and Mike Dukakis.
Republican spending is bankrupting America. We must stop borrowing over $1.5 trillion a year to fund useless, wasteful, and unconstitutional programs and departments.
End Federal Income Taxes
[I] contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to life himself up by the handle
~ Winston S. Churchill ~
Our country survived without a federal income tax from its inception up until 1913, where it was amended to our Constitution in order to bypass the original intent of the founding fathers and levy a direct tax on American citizens.
As Senator, I would introduce the Liberty Amendment to the Constitution, which would eliminate the Federal Income Tax and repeal the 16th Amendment, replacing it with nothing. This would give every American a 7-10% pay raise across the board and force cuts within the federal government.
If we, together, could cut spending back to 1990s levels, then the U.S. Government would not even need to steal money from our paychecks, and every citizen could keep every penny from their hard work.
End the Federal Reserve
It is no coincidence that the century of total war coincided with the century of central banking
~ Ron Paul ~
The goods and services that you could buy for $1 in 1913 (the year the Federal Reserve was created) would cost you $24.50 today.
Another way to look at this is this: the government and its banking cartel have together stolen $.95 of every dollar that you have earned as they have pursued a relentless inflationary policy. The devaluing of the dollar represents a massive Inflation Tax on the American people.
As Senator, I would submit a bill to phase out the Federal Reserve and stabilize both the U.S. Dollar and the economy. In fact, it is the failure of centralized banking that has given rise to libertarian cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. Individuals are choosing to trust other individuals rather than a centralized entity with the power to manipulate currency at will. Additionally, cryptocurrencies have a ceiling or maximum amount that can be made or distributed, thus causing them to keep their value, unlike the dollar.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are LIFE, LIBERTY, and the pursuit of Happiness
~ The Declaration of Independence ~
I am and always have been pro-life.
As a high schooler I was convinced of the pro-life position by Jesse Jackson and Al Gore before they later sold out their beliefs for PAC contributions from Planned Parenthood. Unlike most Republicans and Democrats however, I will never sell out on this issue.
Life begins at conception, so protection under the law must begin there as well. Our Declaration of Independence states that every individual has rights to “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” – and life is rightly foremost among our inalienable rights.
Indeed, two of our Libertarian mottos are “Don’t tread on anyone” and “Do no harm,” and I intend to uphold these values as your Senator in Washington, D.C.
End the Warfare State
No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.
~ James Madison ~
What is the cost of freedom? The recent and ongoing “War on Terror” in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last 15 years pegged the cost of the war at $17,500 for every living American. For a family of seven, that is $122,500. For the entire country? At least $5.6 trillion.
Is it worth it? No way.
Do our military men and women need to be stationed in approximately 150 countries, including Niger, Libya, Turkey, and Syria? No way.
I believe that it is time to restore “defense” to the Defense Department. This would reduce our standing army as well as our military budget, which is currently larger than the combined military budgets of China, Russia, the U.K., France, Japan, and Germany.
Additionally, as Senator I would call for a Virginia Peace Plan modeled after Virginian Presidents Jefferson and Washington who sought to avoid foreign entanglements. I would advocate for an immediate Peace Accord with North Korea (and finally end the 67-year Korean War) and call for the immediate removal of all U.S. troops from Korea and Japan. I would also work to cut the Defense Department budget by pulling our troops out of 150 sovereign countries, which would help to cut $1 to $1.5 trillion dollars in spending annually.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere
~ Martin Luther King, Jr. ~
As the libertarian saying goes, “No victim, no crime.” As Senator I would push to monitor the growing threat of the militarization of the state and local police force and reform the prison system.
It’s just obvious that you can’t have free immigration and a welfare state [together].
~ Milton Friedman ~
My maternal great grandparents immigrated from Poland and Czechoslovakia (then Austria-Hungary) in the early 1900’s. Both came through Ellis Island, NY. Their lives, and the lives of my grandparents, taught me that the overriding impact of immigrants is to strengthen and enrich American culture. This is exactly what I personally experienced.
America’s free markets, rule of law, property rights, and standard of living are admired the world over, so it should surprise no one that so many wish to immigrate to the United States.
In the Senate, I will work towards reforming the immigration system in a fair and equitable way, that is consistent with our history as a nation—that of a shining city on a hill.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall be issued, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the person or things to be seized
~ 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution ~
The 4th Amendment is critically important. Today, many federal government agencies routinely ignore it and have no qualms about spying on American citizens. Examples abound: the IRS targeting Tea Party organizations, the FBI illegally spying upon political opponents, and the revelations of NSA spying on Americans.
All of these actions represent an unConstitutional violation of our liberties. These agencies should be investigated and held responsible for their actions.
A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, including their own government
~ George Washington ~
The Founding Fathers rightly established the 2nd Amendment to preserve our liberties against tyrannical government. I personally conceal and carry and am a long time Life Member of the NRA.