In general, I seek a world of liberty and justice. How do I envision this world? Here is how:
- All individuals are sovereign over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal rights of others to do the same.
- Not even the government, should infringe upon this freedom.
- This individual sovereignty is an essential precondition for the pursue of happiness and economical prosperity.
- The freedom of any individual ends when his or her actions subjects any other individual to force, coercion, or fraud.
- Libertarians also believe that government should be limited to only those activities explicitly allowed by the Constitution.
In summary, I believe that people can engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that this freedom brings. The world I seek to build is one where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government or anyone else.
Keeping these basic principles in mind, here are the five main issues that will constitute my political priorities as a candidate for US House of Representatives, District 23, Texas.
- Federal Budget
- Personal Privacy
- Right to Keep and Bear Arms
- Term Limits for Congress
There are two main issues regarding immigration:
- The large number of undocumented immigrants actually living in the US.
- People not living in the US but desiring to enter this great country searching for better economical, social, or political situation.
Millions of people are living in fear of being deported back to their native countries. It is utterly irrational to deport all these undocumented immigrants. The economical and social cost would be catastrophic.
I propose a pragmatic, common sense solution that would be easy to implement. Create a process by which all qualified adult undocumented immigrants obtain a temporary working visa. A qualified undocumented immigrant is one with no criminal record. This temporary visa should be renewed every two years. The only reason for denying a temporary visa is a record of criminal activity.
The first temporary working visa should have a processing fee reflecting two costs:
Expenses for processing the working visa and a fee representing a penalty for entering the US illegally.
A student visa should be extended to non-adults (18 or less) residing in the US and brought to the US by their parents. Once this child has reached 18 years, he/she should obtain a regular student visa, a temporary working visa, or return to his/her native country.
Once the second temporary worker immigration visa has been approved, the documented immigrant may apply for residency under the normal channels allowed by the law.
Millions of people are willing to risk their lives to immigrate to the US looking for better economical opportunities and security. We should provide them with a legal process to obtain temporary working visas.
The government collects around $2.9 Trillion and spends $3.5 Trillion. This represents a deficit of $ 638 Billion. This is totally irresponsible!
The US national debt is more than $17.5 Trillion. This represents a debt of more than $ 55,000 per citizen or more than $150,000 per taxpayer.
Many families in the US live responsible lives. Income exceeds, or at least equals, expenses. It is just common sense. But our federal government seems to be exempt from this common sense rule.
I promise to oppose all additional expenses that Congress proposes, until the federal government budget is balanced.
Additionally, the federal budget should be balanced by cutting costs not by adding taxes. I propose to review all expenses, especially related to military, education, and entitlements and propose reasonable cuts to each one of these programs.
Personal Privacy (Fourth Amendment):
I support the rights recognized by the Fourth Amendment extending protection from unreasonable search and seizure unless done under a judicial warrant supported by probable cause.
What is the probable cause and judicial warrant for spying on (i.e. collecting and storing) your telephone conversations?
Thus, the government collection and storing of personal activities and records held by third parties, such as telephone and email services, medical providers, and any other presonal records goes against this right. It is inconceivable how our government has allowed an official agency (NSA) to spy on its citizens.
We assume that the people running this federal agency are all moral and incorruptible. But as we well know, this is not the case. Anytime a powerful agency has personal information stored in an extensive database, what guarantees that this information will not end up in the wrong hands? Nobody.
Therefore, I will vehemently oppose the government collecting and storing of this personal information.
Protection of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (Second Amendment):
We should not be denied this basic right given to us by our Second Amendment. If this right is eroded, peaceful and law abiding citizens will be at a substantial disadvantage to protect themselves and their family.
Criminals will obviously not follow laws prohibiting citizens from keeping and bearing arms. There are existing laws that forbid a criminal felon not to bear arms, but they still do anyways. History has thought this beyond a shadow of doubt.
As a house representative I will vote against any proposed law to limit in any way our right to keep and bear arms. Period.
Term Limits for Elected Federal Congressman:
Our political system could greatly improve by limiting the terms of elected representatives.
In theory, the elected official should be representing you and all the rest of the citizens that elected her or him. Nevertheless, it is general knowledge, that our elected representatives experience strong pressure from party leaders (interested in retaining and even expanding political power) as well as from cunning lobbyist representing powerful economical interests.
The longer this elected representative is in office, the tighter this pervasive knot becomes.
Under these coercive conditions, many well intentioned elected representatives have caved in, allying themselves with the power hungry party leaders and powerful corporations becoming a professional politician. The result is that the constituents’ interests are delegated, postponed or totally forgotten.
I proposed the following:
- Limit the term of an elected federal house representative to a maximum of three term (6 years).
- Limit the term of an elected federal senator to two terms (12 years)