For training the economically disadvantaged and people who need to earn a living wage immediately after finishing the program.
I support opening up Trade Schools, which are academically accredited institutions that teach a specific trade, such as carpentry, plumbing, auto mechanic training, electrical engineering, and many other trades not taught in Meridian. After opening the Trade Schools, the onset of benefits will be felt nearly immediately as Trade Schools offer paid apprenticeships for those enrolled. After completing the course, the student will have already paid their way through the Trade School and if the student saves well, they will have made money after graduating.
This City has a rich history. Instead of tearing these old houses down, it's time to rebuild Meridian. A wrecking ball is not the answer for our City. For each house that is torn down, the cost of housing goes up.
The City has been condemning and tearing down houses that are structurally sound. This has the consequence of artificially inflating the cost of housing. As your Mayor, I will halt this destructive policy. Many local construction companies are more than willing to refurbish these houses and rent them out for $300/month or less. Some also offer affordable rent-to-own properties. Compare this to the cost of an apartment that can easily cost up to $1000/month. This also ties in perfectly with Trade Schools, as the students will be paid to work on these houses. This free-market approach will turn run down neighborhoods and run down downtown businesses into thriving areas.
The very fact our roads are in such poor condition is inexcusable. Providing quality infrastructure is one of the basic tasks a city is expected to provide, and the very fact that the current administration cannot keep the roads and streets paved is evidence of an incompetent city government. I support having bidding sessions where the city chooses the most efficient contractor. This will assure all of Meridian's streets stays in pristine condition. I also support having the City of Meridian create an app that allows you to report potholes in realtime using GPS tagging, assuring our streets stay in working order.
This method has been proven time and time again by each nation that chooses to rehabilitate addicts over jailing them. Crime goes down, and so does fatal accidental overdoses.
Envision an America where there are no drug dealers on sidewalks selling drugs, shooting each other and destroying neighborhoods.
Imagine a world where all drugs are sold in a state-regulated store by a clerk making 12 dollars an hour.
Picture a world where al-Qaeda and other terrorists do not make billions guarding the drug trade and selling drugs.
Think of an America where felony crime is reduced by half which allows the police to focus on the deadly DUI, the child predator and other public safety threats.
Consider the prospect of redirecting the 72 billion tax dollars currently spent chasing non-violent drug users & their suppliers.
See a world where, if one day you or a loved one has a drug problem, you see a doctor not a judge.
This world is possible when we find the courage to end Modern Prohibition.
-Citizens Opposing Prohibition
I am not happy with the settlement and will re-open the investigation and bring those involved to justice.
What do these school kids have in common? The teenage girl with a bladder disorder who left class without permission, ignoring a teacher and racing for a bathroom rather than wet herself; the boy who was rude to a school administrator; another who was tardy. They are children of color who, as a result of breaking minor school rules, were allegedly arrested and thrown into a juvenile detention facility in Meridian, Mississippi. It appears to be the most blatant case in a nationwide phenomenon that the U.S. Department of Justice, in a 37-page lawsuit, calls a “school-to-prison pipeline.”
My free-market plan includes dramatically lowering taxes, removing senseless business regulations, and allowing entrepreneurs to run the economy, not the government. The government has been proven time and time again to be incompetent and ineffective. Once we open up Meridian to the free-market the job market will flourish and crime will grind to a halt.
Clearly the solution is getting employment in the private sector that pays a living wage. As you continue to read my platform, you will see how businesses won't be able to resist setting up shop in Meridian. Once my tax slashes and economic plans are in effect, feel free to watch that map as the percentage of people below the poverty line decreases by massive amounts.
Crime is a very important issue for Libertarians such as myself. Libertarians do not mess around with violent crime or a crime where there was a victim.
One of the main reasons crime is so high in Meridian is because in some parts of our City 76.9% of our citizens live below the poverty level. This is completely unacceptable, and my pro-business free market approach is a time-tested and proven method of massively reducing crime. People who have jobs that pay a living wage are much less likely to commit a crime. Once we lower the people living below the poverty line, we can expect a huge decrease in crime.
As for dealing with crimes and eradicating gangs we need to stop arresting people for non-violent offensives and focus on rehabilitation for non-violent offenders as opposed to long and expensive tax payer funded prison sentences. This strategy has been proven to work wherever it is implemented.
My plan for crime is to use our police force more wisely and focus on crimes where there was actually a victim, such as a a victim of a robbery. As an example, instead of jailing a first offense drug addict, I support full rehabilitation instead of imprisonment. Rehabilitation is much more effective and is a cheaper alternative for the tax payer than imprisonment.
The very fact our roads are in such poor condition is inexcusable. Providing quality infrastructure is one of the basic tasks a City is expected to provide, and the very fact that the current administration cannot keep the roads and streets paved is evidence of an incompetent City government.
I support having bidding sessions where the City chooses the most efficient contractor that will assure all of Meridian's streets stays in pristine condition. I also support having the City of Meridian create an app that allows you to report potholes in realtime using GPS tagging, assuring our streets stay in working order.
I am a pro-life Libertarian and will always use my platform to further the anti-abortion agenda.
I propose moving most government provided services to the lower cost and more effective private sector. This will allow for massive tax cuts that will act as a magnet for new businesses. Once the private sector provides services formally provided by the government - instead of losing money via taxation - people will actually make money in the private sector reducing Meridian's extreme poverty.
I am the only candidate that has a plan to encourage businesses to create jobs. List below is just a small sample of actions I will take as Mayor to encourage job growth:
Cutting taxes will:
Cutting government spending will:
Reducing red tape and bureaucracy will:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sexual orientation, preference, gender, or gender identity should have no impact on the government’s treatment of individuals, such as in current marriage, 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.
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.
We oppose the administration of the death penalty by the state.
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.
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.
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 rents, and interest) are abridgments 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.
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.
While energy is needed to fuel a modern society, government should not be subsidizing any particular form of energy. We oppose all government control of energy pricing, allocation, and production.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 whether or not 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.
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. The individual should have control of and responsibility for all funds expended for their education.
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.
Retirement planning is the responsibility of the individual, not the government. 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.
The protection of individual rights is the only proper purpose of government. Government is constitutionally limited so as to prevent the infringement of individual rights by the government itself. The principle of non-initiation of force should guide the relationships between governments.
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.
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 overmaintaining 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.