1. Education: The constitution mandates Common Schools, or identical, inexpensive, focused and high-quality community schools funded by only the state. These are not some freakish and inequitable monstrosity of local, state and federal funding. These schools are about education, which involves books; not cafeterias, buses, and expensive sports facilities. Fitness for all kids has suffered since we now have fewer sports teams since school “consolidation,” which means fewer opportunities and outlets for most kids. This is all terribly wrong. Our primary schools should provide what has degraded into college-level education. They should not be farm-teams for the pro’s, or social indoctrination centers for politicians and their campaign contributors. It’s time to treat this seriously. The solution? Govern our government.
2. Taxes: I’ve been a consistent leader in tax issues, movements and protests since 1998. I’ve always opposed property tax, and I lead the property tax protests that started in the spring and summer of 2007. But taxation is a symptom, not a disease in itself. Taxation is, of course, the forcibly-extracted wage of politics. We will have it as long as we have politicians. I wrote a paper on this subject (starting on page 17) which you can access here with a free signup. But if we put a leash on those bad boys, our tax bite will be much, much less serious and more sustainable. Govern government and taxes will be few, simple and small.
3. Gas prices: Oy vey have we been lied to about this one! Oil company profits are a little shy of 10%, which is pretty high for them, but only about half the average profits of businesses like tobacco, publishing, software and shipping. Taxes, however, comprise about 30% of the price of each gallon. You tell me who’s making scandalous profit. Next consider the regulations and 30-year moratoria imposed upon USA oil production and refinement. I’m surprised gas isn’t more expensive. But then look at the value of the central bank’s so-called “dollar” (which was once, before 1913, defined as a specific assay of gold/silver) – in inflation-adjusted price, gas is about the same as it was about 60 years ago! So, our so-called “Federal Reserve” scammers and their pet politicians are robbing you; not the oil companies. The solution? Govern our government. Leash our politicians to law.
4. Crime: I wrote a paper on this subject which you can access here with a free signup. While I wrote it in relation to Indianapolis crime, it applies everywhere. The bottom-line best solution to crime? Go after the real criminals: Govern our government.
5. Citizen rights: No compromises. Should I become Governor, you will have all your state (and with enough support, federal also) rights again; no mere illusion of conditional privileges. Rights cannot be regulated. Either you have them or you don’t. I am all about enforcing the restrictions on politicians that ensure your rights.
6. Gerrymandering: Back in the 1990’s I proposed that all districts have at least one right angle enclosing at least 40% of the district’s area. There. Problem solved. But since this is a legislative issue, I’ll only suggest it again.
7. Death Penalty: As far as the death penalty goes, I am very, very conflicted. I believe a just and legally-governed state has the right to kill people who are beyond rehabilitation, and who we cannot otherwise tolerate in society. But our state isn’t just or legal at all. I’m not so sure it ever could be (unless I win, of course J). And since death penalties cost taxpayers more money than do truly life-term sentences, I’m generally opposed.
8. “Why are you running, Andy?”: I’m running for the constitutional office of Indiana Governor because nobody else is. I want to govern government, not you. I aim to take the choker-collar of law off of you and put it onto politicians. We need public servants, not tyrants.