Here’s my last political post for a while. I really AM apolitical. No, really!
Anyway, I mentioned Bob Barr in my last post and figured I’d introduce him to people here. He’s the Libertarian candidate. For many years I’ve contemplated switching to the Libertarian Party because I agree with a LOT of their platforms. Between these two men, I agree with them on several issues and disagree on several as well. I doubt ANYone in this country is 100% behind every platform position of their particular choice for President. I know several people who are voting based on ONE platform rather than several. But knowing that no one candidate will represent me fully, I wish that our country was more open to allowing third party candidates take a more active position in elections.
Anyway, here are just a *few* of the positions Bob Barr holds that I agree with (taken from his website):
Entitlement Programs: In general, private charity should be the first resort for anyone in need. In 2007, for example, Americans gave more than $300 billion to charity, an increase over 2006 despite growing economic uncertainty. Government should eliminate regulatory barriers that inhibit private philanthropy, and expand tax deductions to encourage charitable giving.
Privacy & Surveillance: [T]he government must be able to confront crime and terrorism, but its powers must be limited to those truly necessary to protect Americans and which are consistent with the Constitution. Also, government officials must always be accountable for their actions.
Education & Home Schooling: School reform starts by shifting control over education from government to parents. We must abolish the Department of Education, eliminate federal grants and regulations, and begin moving power back to the states and local communities. States should consider tax credits or deductions for parents who home school or send their children to private schools. Public schools should be managed locally, increasing accountability and parental involvement.
Property Rights & Eminent Domain: Allowing governments, at any level, to confiscate property without a compelling justification represents a serious attack on fundamental liberty. Government’s most basic duty is to protect individual rights, including that of private property ownership, not to diminish them.
Not for nothing, here are some of Ron Paul’s platform positions that I like:
Budget and Economy: Repeal 16th Amendment and get rid of the income tax. (Feb 2008); Restore GOP by returning to less gov’t & fiscal conservatism. (Dec 2007).
Education: Private funds for arts work better than government funds. (Apr 2008); Close Dept. of Education, but don’t dismantle public schools. (Dec 2007); Encourage homeschooling & private school via tax writeoff. (Dec 2007); Guarantee parity for home school diplomas. (Sep 2007); Abolish the federal Department of Education. (Dec 2000)
Government Reform: Constitution defines much smaller government. (Feb 2008); Voted YES on limiting attorney’s fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005); Voted YES on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
Healthcare: Private medical savings accounts, not government meddling. (Apr 2008); Insurance companies & gov’t make healthcare unaffordable. (Oct 2007)
Social Security: Let people get out of Social Security; it’s a failure. (Jan 2008); Allow young people to get out of the system. (Oct 2007); Personal retirement accounts allow investing in one’s future. (Sep 2007); Create personal retirement accounts within Social Security. (Jul 2000)
Tax Reform: Spending money doesn’t stimulate economy; reduced taxes do. (Jan 2008); Immediately work to phase out the IRS. (May 2007); Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004); Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004); Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax (“death tax”). (Apr 2001); Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000); Overhaul income tax; end capital gains & inheritance tax. (Dec 2000)
As I said, there are other positions these candidates hold that I absolutely disagree with, but the above positions show that there are MORE politicians out there than McCain and Obama, and it’s a pity that more Americans don’t take those third party candidates more seriously.
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