My Platform

Trade Schools

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.

Refurbishing Structurally Sound Houses Instead Of Demolishing Them

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.

I Will Pave All Roads

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. 

Instead Of Incarcerating Drug Addicts, We Will Rehabilitate Them Instead

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

Bring Jobs To Meridian, Reduce The Crime Rate Dramatically, And Return The City To It's Glory Days

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.   

My plan for Meridian

Poverty

Here is a map showing how so much of Meridian lives in extreme poverty, in some areas people and families living below the poverty line is 76.9%!


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.   


Please take the time to watch this video clearly outlining how government welfare actually punishes people trying to work more hours at their job. 

Crime

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.

Our streets are in terrible shape!

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. 

Abortion

I am a pro-life Libertarian and will always use my platform to further the anti-abortion agenda. 


I encourage everyone to like the Pro-Life Libertarians Facebook page, even if you are not a Libertarian.They make very strong cases against abortion.  

Massive tax cuts

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.

Encouraging businesses to create jobs

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: 

  • Put more money in the family budgets of the men and women who earned it.
  • Convince politicians to cut government waste.
  • Create jobs.
  • Encourage workers to produce more because they’ll have more incentive when they keep more of what they earn.
  • Make businesses more profitable, return more money to shareholders and owners, and make America more prosperous.

Cutting government spending will: 

  • Convince politicians to cut government waste.
  • Create jobs.
  • Force politicians to repeal laws and end Big Government Programs that do more harm than good.
  • Move money out of the wasteful government sector and into the productive, private sector
  • Put millions / billions of dollars into the private sector which  will be used to invest in small businesses – the engines of economic  growth.
  • Replace inefficient bureaucracies with private enterprise and  private charities that work far better, more humanely, and operate at a  fraction of the cost of government
  • Encourage and empower people to be self-sufficient and better able to support their families.

Reducing red tape and bureaucracy will: 

  • Dramatically reduce waste
  • Remove a source of annoyance in people’s lives
  • Allow businesses to operate with fewer hassles, to be more  effective, to be more competitive, to serve their customers better, and  to create more private-sector jobs.

Libertarian solutions

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, 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.

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.

Death Penalty

We oppose the administration of the death penalty by the state.

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.

Economic Liberties

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.

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 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.

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.

Energy and Resources

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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

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.

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.

Retirement and Income Security

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.

Securing Liberties

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Free Trade and Migration

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.