Platform


END ASSET FORFEITURE (“POLICING FOR PROFIT”)

If elected, I will sponsor and work diligently to pass legislation to prohibit the state and local governments from freezing or taking citizens’ assets without (1) charging the alleged offender with a crime and (2) proving property is subject to forfeiture by ‘clear and convincing’ evidence. No assets seized by government may be retained by any department for its own use; instead, they must be transferred to the general fund.

END THE FAILED DRUG PROHIBITION

If elected, I will sponsor and work diligently to pass legislation to end the drug prohibition; pardon, release from prison, and expunge the records of all non-violent drug ‘offenders’; end arrests and SWAT raids on suspected drug ‘offenders’; and cut taxes by the amount saved. In the interim, immediately reclassify marijuana the same as wine and beer, subject to the same freedoms and responsibilities.

IMPOSE TERM LIMITS

If elected, I will sponsor and work diligently to pass legislation to impose term limits on elected state officials.

REPLACE GOVERNMENT LICENSING WITH MARKET REGULATION

If elected, I will sponsor and work diligently to pass legislation to end state-protected cartels by removing all restrictions on practicing in any profession. This includes allowing free-market certification to replace state-controlled licensing and restoring the right of all service providers to advertise and to publicize their prices.

NEVER EXPAND BIG GOVERNMENT

If elected, I will vote ‘no’ and work against any measure that expands government authority in any way or that increases total government spending from today’s high levels. If an essential, constitutional government function is needed, I will vote to reduce spending elsewhere to pay for it rather than raise taxes or increase government debt.

REQUIRE GOVERNMENT FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY

Government should be at least as transparent as anyone it regulates, including citizens and businesses subjected to an IRS audit. Therefore, if elected, I will sponsor and work tirelessly to pass legislation to ‘put the government’s checkbook online’ — with consequences for noncompliance. Published financial data must be clear, well-organized and easy to find. Each government transaction must cite as much detail as the IRS demands of citizens. Government agencies that refuse to fully, clearly, and promptly disclose their finances will lose their funding, and taxes will be cut by the amount saved.

ELIMINATE THE STATE INCOME TAX

If elected, I will sponsor and work diligently to pass legislation to eliminate the state income tax and return every dollar to taxpayers by cutting state spending by an equal amount.

REPLACE PRIVILEGED GOVERNMENT PENSIONS WITH SOCIAL SECURITY

If elected, I will sponsor and work diligently to pass legislation to move all government employees and retirees from privileged, lucrative government pensions into Social Security and to cut taxes by the amount saved. If it’s good enough for the people of our state, it’s good enough for government employees.