Libertarian 2004 Presidential Thread
You know, almost every thread in this forum is dealing with W or Kerry and I just thought it was time for a third party thread as a result. So, without commentary, cartoons or arguement from me, I'll simply post articles dealing with the Presidential bid of the Libertarian canadate for President, Michael Badnarik. I don't have to try to sell this stuff, it sells itself to those who are receptive to it, so I have no intention of debating it with anyone.
My aim in doing this is to provide an option to those who may be reading this stuff in this forum and yet may not be satisfied with either W or Kerry....if it leads to one person voting in November for a party that represents his/her views/heart rather than the "lesser of two evils", then it all would've been worthwhile............so without further ado, the Libertarian option:
Libertarians Call for 365-Day Sales Tax Holiday
The Libertarian Party of Texas believes that the Sales Tax Holiday on August 6th through 8th is insufficient aid to families. True aid for families should come in a sales tax cut on all items, all year round- not just a one-time exemption on a handful of commodities.
(-PRWEB-) August 7, 2004 -- While state government officials in Austin praise the savings families will realize from the annual Sales Tax Holiday beginning August 6th, the Libertarian Party of Texas believes the three-day holiday is nothing to crow about.
"The popularity of the tax holiday demonstrates clearly that a healthy economy is promoted by lower taxes, and that people do not appreciate paying higher prices to fund government bureaucracies," said Pat Dixon, state chairman of the Libertarian Party.
"The officials in Austin- both Republicans and Democrats- regard the Sales Tax Holiday as a gift for their constituents," added Kris Overstreet, Polk County chair for the Libertarian Party of Texas. "They seem to have forgotten that the money taken in sales taxes doesn't belong to them- it belongs to the people."
The two main points Libertarians object to in the Sales Tax Holiday are:
* The Sales Tax Holiday, instituted to aid families in preparing children for school, lasts only three days out of a 366-day year. "Families don't stop being families for 363 days- they're families year round," Overstreet said.
* The Sales Tax Holiday only applies to a limited group of goods- generally children's clothing and school supplies. "The Sales Tax Holiday deceives people by its name," said Overstreet, "into thinking that all their purchases this weekend are tax-free- which is the farthest thing from the truth."
The Libertarian Party feels that the holiday is a good thing- but it doesn't go far enough. Libertarians call for state government to cut wasteful spending, stop borrowing money through the issue of bonds, and cut the sales tax all the year, on all products- not just for one weekend.
"If voters want a permanent, year long tax holiday, they can help by putting Libertarian candidates in office this November," said Dixon.
The Libertarian Party will field over seventy candidates in the Texas general election in November, including Presidential candidate Michael Badnarik. These candidates support the Libertarian Party of Texas platform, which says in part, "…we seek to reduce government spending to an absolute minimum, reduce taxes to match, and explore means of funding vital government functions without taxation."