Thibeaux Lincecum - Issues Statements
ImmigrationMake legal immigration easier by allowing entrance to any guest worker that doesn't represent a health or security threat and giving citizenship to all applicants who meet reasonable standards, with no quotas. Make illegal immigration harder and less desirable by improving border security and increasing enforcement of current laws.
U.S. MilitaryBy not trying to impose values or gain influence in other nations through the use of force, we remove incentives for others to attack us and can reduce our military spending. The best guarantee for continued peace between nations is economic interdependence, and that results from free trade.
DeficitTo eliminate the deficit, there are three options: reduce spending, increase taxes and/or increase debt. I will work for only one: reducing spending in all major areas of government. Disproportionally taxing high income sends tax revenue to other countries. For an alternative, see www.fairtax.org.
Health CareAllow individuals to purchase health insurance and medical care for themselves with the same tax benefits given to employers and third parties, with any terms agreeable to themselves and the insurer. Lower drug costs by allowing doctors to rely on drug certification by multiple organizations, rather than only the FDA.
EnvironmentThe Declaration of Independence affirms our right to life, so government is obligated to restrict life-threatening pollution. However, carbon dioxide is not a pollutant, and climate change, although probably requiring adaptation, is not clearly life-threatening. Regulations should be specified at the most local level possible, so federal regulations should apply only to pollution crossing state borders. I further support ending federal governmental immunity from state environmental regulations.
Civil RightsEvery security proposal should be weighed against its costs in lost privacy and time and also limited by constitutional guarantees against unreasonable search and seizure. Our nation's commitment to freedom makes it worth protecting, so the means of our protection must not unreasonably degrade that freedom.
Restrictions on EmploymentThe relationship between an employer and employee is a contract, and I oppose governmental regulations that limit the contractual details upon which people can agree. The Workplace Religious Freedom Act takes away the freedom of employees and employers to choose exactly what religious accomodations are reasonable to them; it instead requires that they submit to a government employee's judgment of what is reasonable. Instead of asking government to dictate how everyone is required to behave, every job applicant should insist upon receiving a written employment contract which addresses his or her religious and other requirements before accepting any job offer, thereby limiting the employer's power to change job requirements later.
Additionally, the Act's
overly broad language will have unintended and undesirable effects, as
detailed by the American Civil Liberties Union:
Drug ControlI support rigorous labeling requirements and prohibitions against sale to minors, and I support the official Libertarian Party platform regarding the war on drugs:
The Issue: The suffering that drug misuse has brought about is deplorable; however, drug prohibition causes more harm than drugs themselves. The so-called "War on Drugs" is in reality a war against the American people, our Constitution and the Bill of Rights. It is a grave threat to individual liberty, to domestic order and to peace in the world.
PrioritiesBalance the Federal Budget by reducing spending on almost all government programs.
Increase Freedom by eliminating laws against 'victimless crimes.'
Improve National Security by stopping our interventions into foreign conflicts.
House of RepresentativesThe members of the House of Representatives have done a fair job of trying steer our nation well, while navigating shifting public opinion and pressure from their political party leadership. It's a difficult job, trying to stay true to one's own view of which action is right, while simultaneously trying to please other lawmakers from whom one needs cooperation and also please one's constituency. Congress could accomplish much more if each Representative would think of his or her membership as a service to the people, acting according to his or her personal values that were shared before being elected, without worrying about exchanging favors.
IraqI would support the chief executive's ordering the operational commander to begin withdrawal from Iraq immediately. I also support gradual military withdrawal from many other countries around the world.
War on TerrorBy not trying to impose values or gain influence in other nations through the use of force, we remove incentives for others to attack us and can reduce our military spending. Total control is impossible, and pursuing it is counterproductive. The best guarantee for continued peace between nations is economic interdependence, and that results from free trade.
Department of Homeland SecurityI would drastically cut the size of the Department of Homeland Security, using it initially only to facilitate communication between established security agencies. While greater integration between security agencies might be a worthwhile goal, change should be undertaken more gradually, to avoid the gross mismanagement and waste that has accompanied the rapid growth of DHS.
AbortionI oppose federal prohibition or funding of abortion.
Same-sex MarriageI support repealing the Defense of Marriage Act, all laws defining marriage, and all laws assigning special benefits or discriminating based on marital status, family structure, sexual orientation or gender.
No Child Left BehindAttaching incentives to only a few subjects undermines the teaching of all other subjects.
Homeowner AssistanceHomeowners who cannot pay their mortgages or refinance can sell and buy a smaller house or become renters, and when they do, that supports the natural movement of prices, making homes more affordable for everyone. Attempts to bail out any person (or corporation) with public funds is not fair to taxpayers who did not contribute the problem and wisely bought or rented residences they could afford.
GamblingI oppose all laws against victimless acts. I support the federal government's lack of laws against slot machines and most forms of gambling. I further support the repeal of current laws against some forms of gambling. I think gambling is dangerous and generally unwise, and I support your freedom to choose whether to engage in it.
BRACOne-time, non-recurring costs to the DoD necessitated by BRAC actions are funded out of the Base Closure Account. There is no obligation by the federal government or the state government to upgrade areas surrounding new or expanded bases for additional traffic and jobs, but it is in the interests of both that this happens. The state is justified in spending money to facilitate commerce and therefore increase its tax revenue. The DoD is justified in spending money to facilitate the operation of its bases, if needed, and the DoD is justified in choosing whether to increase the size of its operations in a state based on the state's commitment to support growth. Negotiation is not a problem.
TransportationThe Interstate Highway System was created to support rapid deployment of military resources in case of emergency. As national defense cannot be accomplished effectively by the states separately, this was an appropriate use of federal money. Enhancing the transportation system for non-defense purposes is better managed by state governments. As a Congressman, I would focus on lowering or eliminating federal taxes associated with transportation, such as the federal gas tax.
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