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League of Women Voters Candidates Forum 

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Pacific Ridge School and La Jolla Country Day School Candidate's Forum

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April 19th

Roundtable hosted by KOCT Oceanside Public Television. 

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On the Issues. 

Homelessness

There are many issue I would like to help our country fix. One of those issues is Homelessness. We have a growing homeless population in Southern California that needs to be addressed. I have called the local homeless shelters and spoken to many people that have great ideas and information. There are four basic groups of homeless people each needing a different type of help. First is people that have lost their jobs, house and need help getting back on their feet. These people just need the opportunity to get back on their feet. There are pilot programs that people work for the city or county and get paid minimum wage and live in free housing temporarily with vocational training if needed till they can get back on their feet. The next group is actually two groups first is due to generational poverty and second are people who have done time in prison. This group of people are unable to hold jobs because they don't have the parent taught skills which most of us take for granted, like getting up on time for work, doing chores, doing normal day to day things to take care of their own health. These people would need more help then the first group. They need a very structured type environment to learn basic skills to function in basic society. So more housing and personal coaches and vocational training would be needed to help this group become functional members of society. The next group is the Mentally Ill these people don't have the mental capacity to keep a job or need medical attention or medication to be able to function in society. When all the mental institutions were shut down all the people who didn't have families to take care of them became homeless. How do we fix this? My solution is to set up Church run Mental Illness hospitals with federal funding. The churches have the caring and compassion more then the state run mental institutions of the past. How do we pay for that you say? We spend billions of dollars in foreign aid to countries that hate us. We spend billions of dollars to house our troops in foreign countries. We spend billions of dollars rebuilding infrastructure in countries we have bombed to pieces. We need to take care of Americans first. We don't need to raise taxes, We are already taxed enough. 

 

Border Security and Immigration 

 

Right now, we have a porous border anyone can sneak into our country. A wall is fiscally cheaper then no wall. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security estimated that erecting a system of walls and fences along the entire U.S.-Mexico border would require $21.6 billion. Ever year taxpayers shell out approximately $134.9 billion to cover the costs incurred by the presence of more than 12.5 million illegal aliens, and about 4.2 million citizen children of illegal aliens. That amounts to a tax burden of approximately $8,075 per illegal alien family member and a total of $115,894,597,664. The total cost of illegal immigration to U.S. taxpayers is both staggering and crippling. Let's build a wall. it will cut down the risk of deaths of people wanting to enter through the desert and enter the country illegally. On the other side of this is immigration. I am for legal immigration into this country. When you live in the greatest country in the world people want to come here to live. I believe they should have that opportunity. I believe also that the immigration system is broken. When you have a person living in the country for 30 years and unable to get his citizenship and gets deported and is a productive member in his community with a family. Something needs to change. I would change it by increasing the yearly number of people that can be made naturalized citizens a year. I would also remove the requirement to leave the country back to country of origin. If you are here waiting your turn to become a citizen a worker's visa would be required to work on the path towards citizenship. Also, citizens of the United States speak English. If people want to pursue the American dream they must integrate into our society. That doesn't mean forgetting their own culture but embracing both.

Federal Spending

Our government has a spending problem, our country is 21.1 Trillion dollars in debt. Our yearly spending deficit is 740 billion dollars. We spend way too much on everything. Endless wars on terror. Foreign aid to other countries that hate us. We have American troops in somewhere around 177 countries around the world (Click here to see what countries we are in). We need to have a balanced budget by cutting spending. Having so many troops around the world doesn't always make it safer for us in the United States. Why don't we cut down the number of bases we have worldwide and bring some of those troops home.

Issues I feel Strongly about

- Cut out the corruption aka (pay to play scandals, lobbyists, corporate cronyism)

- Balance the Federal budget. Spending 740 billion dollars more then what you take in is just not feasible for long term growth. Just look at the Roman Empire. What we need is a top down audit of all spending and cut what we don't need.

- Cut taxes. In California I get taxed at 10% state income tax, 25% federal income tax, 1% property tax, 10% sales tax, $1.50 a gallon gas tax. Also, taxes that I wouldn't cut are Medicare and Social Security but those tax rates are 6.2% for Social Security for the employee and 6.2% for the employer. Medicare is 1.45% employee and 1.45% for the employer. I am opposed to any cuts for those but I do think we could do better by keeping governments fingers out of our retirement. Experts say that 18% is the nominal tax rate of all taxes for workers to be the most productive and we aren't even close to that. 

- Immigration Reform. We need a better solution then just deporting 10-20 million people. We need to get all of those people either on the pathway to citizenship and productive members of society or they can go home. To do this we need to change the requirement of how many people can become naturalized citizens a year. Also make the assimilation into America easier by having educational classes to learn English and the rules of law that make the United States a place people want to live. All criminals will be removed from the country depending on their crime. Persons protected by DACA will be placed on a Student Learning program on their pathway to become citizens. The rule that you must return to your country of origin to begin the process will be removed and people who want to stay will be given a pathway to citizenship ID card which can be used for employment and those people will be given a probationary Social Security number.

- Protection of the Constitution. The Constitution is not a working document to be changed at a whim. The First Amendment rights are being violated by colleges where there are free speech zones. College students are not being allowed free speech outside of those zones. The Second Amendment is our right to defend ourselves and our pursuit of happiness and those rights SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. In recent era of school shootings. Making gun free zones do not work. School campuses should be hardened targets not soft targets. More armed security and or teachers, Fenced in Schools with a defensible point of entry. Your Forth Amendment rights are also being violated by the government with warrant-less wiretaps under the Patriot Act. If the government wants to listen to your conversations they should get a warrant. 

-Public School Reform. The state of California's budget for public education is roughly 82 billion dollars which breaks down to $13.9k per student. Each student should be able to attend any school they want and be able to take that money to spend on the school of their choice. Why are we able to shop around for doctors or healthcare insurance but we can't shop around for schools that would be the best fit for our children. This "Voucher" system will enable our kids to attend the best school for their needs. Also, children with special needs or learning disabilities and low test scoring would get head of the line privilege.

The 2nd Amendment and Gun Control and Gun Safety

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

I believe in responsible gun ownership. California has very strict gun laws, some are good. Banning "assault rifles" is like giving people stitches on your arm, for having back pain. It doesn't work and won’t solve the problem. Back ground checks are very important as a block to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. The 10-day waiting period is good cuts down on crimes of passion. I also am very supportive of keeping guns locked up and away from children. Children should only have supervised exposure to guns. Even the most restrictive gun laws can't stop violence from occurring. Some of the cities with the most restrictive gun laws have some of the most shootings and crime. I saw a news article about London passed New York in violent crime and has a machete attack every 90 minutes.

There is a cry to protect our children and to keep our children safe. The best way to protect our loved ones and precious children is to protect them with guns. Politicians and celebrities are all protected by people with guns. I've done the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. It's better if it's multiple good guys with guns. If our school children's safety is really a priority we need Armed Security or Police officers in our schools it is the tried and true method of force protection. There are other things schools can do for physical security as deterrents like fences, walls unarmed security to patrol parking lots and perimeters. 

I also support a National Concealed Carry law. Permitted Concealed Carriers are 5 times LESS likely to commit a crime than Uniformed Police officers. I am a firm supporter of our police also and most cops like an armed citizenry it's instant back up when there is none around. However, the only thing they don't like about it is the lack of training. I purpose we require a course where they teach people proper safety and gun handling. Everyone can use more safety courses even experienced people can get complacent if they are not careful. Safety and safe ranges and firearm instructors are certified and trained by the NRA. The NRA has a long history of providing training and safe operations for those who need it.

Libertarians Views

1.0 PERSONAL LIBERTY

Individuals should be free to make choices for themselves and must accept responsibility for the consequences of the choices they make. Our support of an individual’s right to make choices in life does not mean that we necessarily approve or disapprove of those choices. No individual, group, or government may initiate force against any other individual, group, or government.

1.1 Self-Ownership

Individuals own their bodies and have rights over them that other individuals, groups, and governments may not violate. Individuals have the freedom and responsibility to decide what they knowingly and voluntarily consume, and what risks they accept to their own health, finances, safety, or life.

1.2 Expression and Communication

We support full freedom of expression and oppose government censorship, regulation or control of communications media and technology. We favor the freedom to engage in or abstain from any religious activities that do not violate the rights of others. We oppose government actions which either aid or attack any religion.

1.3 Privacy

Libertarians advocate individual privacy and government transparency. We are committed to ending government’s practice of spying on everyone. We support the rights recognized by the Fourth Amendment to be secure in our persons, homes, property, and communications. Protection from unreasonable search and seizure should include records held by third parties, such as email, medical, and library records.

1.4 Personal Relationships

Sexual orientation, preference, gender, or gender identity should have no impact on the government’s treatment of individuals, such as in current marriage, child custody, adoption, immigration or military service laws. Government does not have the authority to define, license or restrict personal relationships. Consenting adults should be free to choose their own sexual practices and personal relationships.

1.5 Abortion

Recognizing that abortion is a sensitive issue and that people can hold good-faith views on all sides, we believe that government should be kept out of the matter, leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration.

1.6 Parental Rights

Parents, or other guardians, have the right to raise their children according to their own standards and beliefs. This statement shall not be construed to condone child abuse or neglect. If there is abuse or neglect those people should be dealt with, within the scope of the laws. 

1.7 Crime and Justice

The prescribed role of government is to protect the rights of every individual including the right to life, liberty and property. Criminal laws should be limited in their application to violations of the rights of others through force or fraud, or to deliberate actions that place others involuntarily at significant risk of harm. Therefore, we favor the repeal of all laws creating “crimes” without victims, such as the use of drugs for medicinal or recreational purposes. We support restitution to the victim to the fullest degree possible at the expense of the criminal or the negligent wrongdoer. The constitutional rights of the criminally accused, including due process, a speedy trial, legal counsel, trial by jury, and the legal presumption of innocence until proven guilty, must be preserved. We assert the common-law right of juries to judge not only the facts but also the justice of the law.

1.8 Death Penalty

We oppose the administration of the death penalty by the state. I oppose the death penalty in all cases that there is no clear absolute of murder. However, if a murderer was observed by multiple people or in cases of terror attacks I am not opposed to the death penalty.

1.9 Self-Defense

The only legitimate use of force is in defense of individual rights—life, liberty, and justly acquired property—against aggression. This right inheres in the individual, who may agree to be aided by any other individual or group. We affirm the individual right recognized by the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms, and oppose the prosecution of individuals for exercising their rights of self-defense. Private property owners should be free to establish their own conditions regarding the presence of personal defense weapons on their own property. We oppose all laws at any level of government restricting, registering, or monitoring the ownership, manufacture, or transfer of firearms or ammunition.

2.0 ECONOMIC LIBERTY

Libertarians want all members of society to have abundant opportunities to achieve economic success. A free and competitive market allocates resources in the most efficient manner. Each person has the right to offer goods and services to others on the free market. The only proper role of government in the economic realm is to protect property rights, adjudicate disputes, and provide a legal framework in which voluntary trade is protected. All efforts by government to redistribute wealth, or to control or manage trade, are improper in a free society.

2.1 Property and Contract

As respect for property rights is fundamental to maintaining a free and prosperous society, it follows that the freedom to contract to obtain, retain, profit from, manage, or dispose of one’s property must also be upheld. Libertarians would free property owners from government restrictions on their rights to control and enjoy their property, as long as their choices do not harm or infringe on the rights of others. Eminent domain, civil asset forfeiture, governmental limits on profits, governmental production mandates, and governmental controls on prices of goods and services (including wages, rents, and interest) are abridgements of such fundamental rights. For voluntary dealings among private entities, parties should be free to choose with whom they trade and set whatever trade terms are mutually agreeable.

2.2 Environment

Competitive free markets and property rights stimulate the technological innovations and behavioral changes required to protect our environment and ecosystems. Private landowners and conservation groups have a vested interest in maintaining natural resources. Governments are unaccountable for damage done to our environment and have a terrible track record when it comes to environmental protection. Protecting the environment requires a clear definition and enforcement of individual rights and responsibilities regarding resources like land, water, air, and wildlife. Where damages can be proven and quantified in a court of law, restitution to the injured parties must be required.

2.3 Energy and Resources

While energy is needed to fuel a modern society, government should not be subsidizing any form of energy. We oppose all government control of energy pricing, allocation, and production. I think nuclear power is a very clean type of power with the least amount of pollution produced compared to other renewable energy resources. However, a permanent storage facility must be created for nuclear fuel that has already been used. 

2.4 Government Finance and Spending

All persons are entitled to keep the fruits of their labor. We call for the repeal of the income tax, the abolishment of the Internal Revenue Service and all federal programs and services not required under the U.S. Constitution. We oppose any legal requirements forcing employers to serve as tax collectors. Government should not incur debt, which burdens future generations without their consent. We support the passage of a “Balanced Budget Amendment” to the U.S. Constitution, provided that the budget is balanced exclusively by cutting expenditures, and not by raising taxes. While I think it could be feasible to accomplish this over time. For a short-term solution to get other parties to agree with I think a Fair or flat tax would be a better short-term solution. Abolishment of the federal income tax with all its loopholes and corrupt practices it should be removed.

2.5 Government Employees

We favor repealing any requirement that one must join or pay dues to a union as a condition of government employment. We advocate replacing defined-benefit pensions with defined-contribution plans, as are commonly offered in the private sector, so as not to impose debt on future generations without their consent.

2.6 Money and Financial Markets

We favor free-market banking, with unrestricted competition among banks and depository institutions of all types. Markets are not actually free unless fraud is vigorously combated. Those who enjoy the possibility of profits must not impose risks of losses upon others, such as through government guarantees or bailouts. Individuals engaged in voluntary exchange should be free to use as money any mutually agreeable commodity or item. We support a halt to inflationary monetary policies and unconstitutional legal tender laws. Also, laws on crytpocurrency and regulation should not be implemented until politicians fully understand how it works and the outcome of their regulation. 

2.7 Marketplace Freedom

Libertarians support free markets. We defend the right of individuals to form corporations, cooperatives and other types of entities based on voluntary association. We oppose all forms of government subsidies and bailouts to business, labor, or any other special interest. Government should not compete with private enterprise.

2.8 Labor Markets

Employment and compensation agreements between private employers and employees are outside the scope of government, and these contracts should not be encumbered by government-mandated benefits or social engineering. We support the right of private employers and employees to choose if to bargain with each other through a labor union. Bargaining should be free of government interference, such as compulsory arbitration or imposing an obligation to bargain.

2.9 Education

Education is best provided by the free market, achieving greater quality, accountability and efficiency with more diversity of choice. Recognizing that the education of children is a parental responsibility, we would restore authority to parents to determine the education of their children, without interference from government. Parents should have control of and responsibility for all funds expended for their children’s education.

2.10 Health Care

We favor a free-market health care system. We recognize the freedom of individuals to determine the level of health insurance they want (if any), the level of health care they want, the care providers they want, the medicines and treatments they will use and all other aspects of their medical care, including end-of-life decisions. People should be free to purchase health insurance across state lines.

2.11 Retirement and Income Security

Retirement planning is the responsibility of the individual, not the government. However, I would not vote for removing Social Security. I would rather move the government to form private social security accounts managed by the people themselves much like a 401k system with private investment firms handling investment choices. Libertarians would phase out the current government-sponsored Social Security system and transition to a private voluntary system. The proper and most effective source of help for the poor is the voluntary efforts of private groups and individuals. We believe members of society will become even more charitable and civil society will be strengthened as government reduces its activity in this realm.  Meaning not getting rid of Social Security but keeping the government from "borrowing" it.

3.0 SECURING LIBERTY

The protection of individual rights is the only proper purpose of government. Government is constitutionally limited to prevent the infringement of individual rights by the government itself. The principle of non-initiation of force should guide the relationships between governments.

3.1 National Defense

We support the maintenance of a sufficient military to defend the United States against aggression. The United States should both avoid entangling alliances and abandon its attempts to act as policeman for the world. We oppose any form of compulsory national service.

3.2 Internal Security and Individual Rights

The defense of the country requires that we have adequate intelligence to detect and to counter threats to domestic security. This requirement must not take priority over maintaining the civil liberties of our citizens. The Constitution and Bill of Rights shall not be suspended even during time of war. Intelligence agencies that legitimately seek to preserve the security of the nation must be subject to oversight and transparency. We oppose the government’s use of secret classifications to keep from the public information that it should have, especially that which shows that the government has violated the law.

3.3 International Affairs

American foreign policy should seek an America at peace with the world. Our foreign policy should emphasize defense against attack from abroad and enhance the likelihood of peace by avoiding foreign entanglements. We would end the current U.S. government policy of foreign intervention, including military and economic aid. We recognize the right of all people to resist tyranny and defend themselves and their rights. We condemn the use of force, and especially the use of terrorism, against the innocent, regardless of whether such acts are committed by governments or by political or revolutionary groups.

3.4 Free Trade

We support the removal of governmental impediments to free trade. Political freedom and escape from tyranny demand that individuals not be unreasonably constrained by government in the crossing of political boundaries. Economic freedom demands the unrestricted movement of human as well as financial capital across national borders. However, we support control over the entry into our country of foreign nationals who pose a credible threat to security, health or property.

3.5 Rights and Discrimination

Libertarians embrace the concept that all people are born with certain inherent rights. We reject the idea that a natural right can ever impose an obligation upon others to fulfill that “right.” We condemn bigotry as irrational and repugnant. Government should neither deny nor abridge any individual’s human right based upon sex, wealth, ethnicity, creed, age, national origin, personal habits, political preference or sexual orientation. Members of private organizations retain their rights to set whatever standards of association they deem appropriate, and individuals are free to respond with ostracism, boycotts and other free-market solutions.

3.6 Representative Government

We support election systems that are more representative of the electorate at the federal, state and local levels. As private voluntary groups, political parties should be free to establish their own rules for nomination procedures, primaries and conventions. We call for an end to any tax-financed subsidies to candidates or parties and the repeal of all laws which restrict voluntary financing of election campaigns. We oppose laws that effectively exclude alternative candidates and parties, deny ballot access, gerrymander districts, or deny the voters their right to consider all legitimate alternatives. We advocate initiative, referendum, recall and repeal when used as popular checks on government.

3.7 Self-Determination

Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of individual liberty, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to agree to such new governance as to them shall seem most likely to protect their liberty.

4.0 OMISSIONS

Our silence about any other particular government law, regulation, ordinance, directive, edict, control, regulatory agency, activity, or machination should not be construed to imply approval.

 



Joshua Hancock For Congress
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