Idaho Statesman

Idaho Statesman
2010 Primary Election Voter Guide

Why are you running?

I have long been concerned about the direction our country is headed. After efforts to effect change through organizations and influencing politicians, I have come to the conclusion that we must replace current politicians if we want to return our government to its proper role. If enough voters in my district agree with my principles, I am willing to represent them in the legislature.

What makes you a better choice for voters than your opponent(s)?

I understand the proper role of government and I will seek to conform government to that role. I will base my decisions on fundamental principles of liberty, and I will not get caught up in the corrupt activities that are so prevalent in politics. I have no desire to be a career politician.

What should voters know about you as a person?

I am honest and forthright. I am not for sale. I am principle-based and have deeply held convictions. I believe that if the principles I uphold were followed, every American would be able to enjoy the benefits of the constitutional republic originally intended by our founding fathers.

What living Idaho politician do you most respect, and why?

On a statewide basis, I have no respect for any living politician as a politician. They have all contributed to the problem, including the most “conservative” ones. If we really want to restore our liberties, we need to replace them with individuals who are knowledgeable and courageous– knowledgeable about the fundamental principles of good government, and courageous enough to do what it will take to implement them.

What decision during your adult life do you most regret, and how has it changed you?

I’m really thinking that it might turn out to be running for office. Seriously, though, running for office has exposed me to even more corruption in government. It is an exercise in finding out who your real friends and allies are.

What are the three things you hope to accomplish first?

(1) Introduce legislation that protects the sanctity of life, one of our fundamental God given rights. (2) Introduce legislation to privatize the public education system. (3) Introduce legislation to repeal occupational licensing laws. These three items only serve as an example of the many things that I would like to see accomplished.

What law enacted in the past three to five years do you most disagree with, and why? What law enacted in that period do you most strongly support, and why?

One law that really affected me personally was the midwifery licensing law. Not only was it wrong as are all occupational licensing laws, it was particularly egregious in the restrictions on consumers of midwifery. As for a law that I support, I can’t say that I was really excited about any of them. The closest would be the bill related to firearms manufactured in Idaho since it is a start towards pushing back against the federal government.

Five years from now, how should Idaho differ from today? What should your role be in achieving that change?

I can only hope that the people of Idaho wake up to the situation that we are in and are willing to make the necessary changes. I would like to see Idaho with a truly free market and a government that only serves to protect or lives, liberty, and property. We could be a model to the world. If I am elected, I will do all I can to see this happen at the legislative level.

If the state's budget continues to outpace revenues, would you look to raise taxes, cut more deeply or both? Why?

We need to cut taxes. If government was only performing its proper role, our taxes would be a tiny fraction of what they are today. There is absolutely no reason to raise taxes when the government is spending so much money for illegitimate purposes.

If you favor revenue, which sources should be tapped, and why? If instead you prefer to cut spending further, which programs or agencies would you cut or eliminate, and why?

Almost all functions of our current government need to be eliminated or transitioned to the private sector. We need to stop the redistribution of wealth and get government out of our daily activities.

Should the state remove some sales tax exemptions? Which ones?

If we have a sales tax there should be no exemptions. However, I think sales taxes should be completely eliminated since they turn businesses into tax collectors and can never be applied fairly.

Some GOP leaders want to cut individual and corporate income taxes over 10 years. Would you support such a plan?

I would support eliminating individual and corporate income taxes entirely. I believe it can be done immediately, with no need to stretch it out over the course of 10 years.

Gov. Butch Otter tried, largely unsuccessfully, for two years to secure more money for state highways. Do you support spending more on for roads?

I do not support raising taxes or going into debt (think GARVEE bonds) to fund transportation projects. There is more than enough money available, especially if it were to be managed correctly. Ultimately, though, we need to privatize transportation.

How would you raise the money?

This assumes I would spend more, which I would not. I would like to see all current taxes replaced with a simple capitation tax, based on the census. The real cost of government would then be fairly distributed and exposed.

State sovereignty was a big issue during the 2010 session. What role should the state play in redefining federalism?

Our system of government was designed with checks and balances in place. The federal government was never intended to be the final authority on constitutional interpretation. The federal government is restricted to certain clearly defined functions, and when it steps outside of that realm, it makes sense for the individual states to step up and nullify those laws.

The Legislature this year did not pass a ban on texting while driving. Should it? What should the penalty be?

The texting bill, proposed by my opponent, is unnecessary in that we already have inattentive driving laws. More importantly, though, this is an example of a preemptive law where punishment is administered before there has been a violation of life, liberty, or property. All such measures should be rejected, and the ones already codified should be repealed.