The Libertarian Party’s Response to the State of the Union Address

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> Subject: The Libertarian Party’s Response to the State of the Union
> Address
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> January 29, 2008
> Contact: Andrew Davis
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> FROM THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY:
> The Libertarian Party’s Response to the State of the Union
> Address
>
> The following is a response by Libertarian Party National
> Chairman William Redpath
>
> Washington, D.C. – Following President Bush’s annual State of
> the Union Address, the Libertarian Party issued their response from
> National Chairman William Redpath:
>
> Tonight’s State of the Union address went much as expected.
> Instead of calling for a more limited role of the federal government in
> American society, the President laid out plans that would only increase
> the government’s intervention into the realm of economics, health care,
> education and foreign policy. It is unfortunate to see that after seven
> years of increasing the size of government and increasing the government’s
> presence in the day to day lives of all Americans, the President refuses
> to limit the scope of the federal government, a once championed virtue of
> the President’s party. The President’s last State of the Union address
> encapsulated his legacy of an abandonment of the principles of limited
> government and individual freedom.
>
> While the Libertarian Party applauds the President on taking
> a stand against wasteful government spending–though his administration
> has been a large contributor to this problem–and opening up more foreign
> markets to trade, we offer the following solutions to issues the President
> brought up in his address:
>
> Economics: The President’s economic stimulus plan is based on
> a flawed and outdated economic premise. The best solution to an economic
> slowdown is increasing the ability for businesses to grow and reinvest in
> the economy. Instead of increasing the federal deficit by $150 billion
> dollars, the federal government should focus its energy on eliminating
> taxes that restrain economic growth. Eliminating taxes such as the death
> tax and capital gains taxes, and lowering income tax rates on private
> citizens, will free up vital capital that can be reinvested into the
> economy. Additionally, the federal government should remove all trade
> barriers that prevent free trade with other nations. This is a more sound
> economic policy that presents real solutions instead of the
> window-dressing that is the President’s stimulus package.
>
> Education: The President’s ‘No Child Left Behind Act’ has
> failed from the very beginning, and its reauthorization would be a
> travesty to the American education system. Instead of unfunded, federal
> mandates with the intent of fixing our failing public schools,
> alternatives involving the private sector should be explored. Increased
> local control over public schools and the increased use of private
> alternatives will increase the quality of education for all American
> children. We call for abolishing the Department of Education and removing
> the federal government from educating our children.
>
> Health care: Far too long have our politicians tried to find
> a government fix for the health care problem we have in America.
> Government interference in the health care system is the root of the
> problems we face. Only in eliminating government subsidies of health care
> will we find relief from increasing costs. The Libertarian Party calls
> for the elimination of all government entitlement programs related to
> health care.
>
> Foreign Policy: America will spend more than $1 trillion
> dollars in foreign wars started during the Bush administration. Because
> of such, the economy is in jeopardy and America’s reputation abroad has
> suffered traumatic blows. On top of this, Americans have seen their civil
> liberties violated time after time. The Libertarian Party calls for a
> withdrawal from Iraq following the proper lines of withdrawal, executed by
> our commanders on the ground. We also call for an abandonment of the
> reckless policy of pre-emptive war, and a restoration of civil liberties
> lost under such laws as the Patriot Act and the amendments to FISA. The
> Libertarian Party reminds our leaders in power of the great words of
> Samuel Adams:
> The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil
> constitution are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to
> defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair
> inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with
> toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to
> us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on
> the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to
> be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or be cheated out of
> them by the artifices of false and designing men.
>
> In this perilous time, when our freedom is attacked from both
> inside our borders by corrupt politicians and from outside by foreign
> aggressors, we call for prudence, wisdom and above all, an adherence to
> the United States Constitution, which reigns sovereign over all
> individuals of American society.
>
> Redpath is a resident of Leesburg, Virginia, where he lives
> with his wife Melinda. Redpath has served as the Chairman of the
> Libertarian Party since 2006. He holds an MBA from the University of
> Chicago.
>
> The Libertarian Party is America’s third largest political
> party, founded in 1971 as an alternative to the two main political
> parties. You can find more information on the Libertarian Party by
> visiting http://www.lp.org. The Libertarian Party proudly stands for smaller
> government, lower taxes and more freedom.
>
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