The following is taken from the Libertarian Part of Texas Platform Page.
my comments on this will be in red, so that future voters will know where I stand on Libertarian Policies. I’ll try to add a few things for myself at the bottom.
1. EMINENT DOMAIN
Libertarians would close the exceptions and loopholes in the state prohibition against the use of eminent domain for private economic development. Under no circumstances should government have the power to force the transfer of land from private entity to another against the will of the owner. Additionally, we believe that property owners displaced through eminent domain should be compensated 125% of the fair value of their property to compensate for their moving expenses and inconvenience.
I definitely agree with this. Eminent Domain is just a fancy latin phrase that translates to “The government owns everything and if we want it, we get it.” I think that it’s a terrible thing. People should not have to give up their property just because someone who has never even been to the area decides a new highway would benefit their pocket businesses.
2. GUN OWNERSHIP
Libertarians advocate the legalization of “open carry” firearms, including handguns, without a license. This includes recognition of the right of gun owners to bear arms while driving.
Super agree with this. Gun Laws do NOT stop crime. Say it with me, gun laws do NOT stop crime. This information (link) shows that there isn’t much correlation between guns and murders.
3. TOLL ROADS
Libertarians oppose the Trans Texas Corridor Act, a costly boondoggle intended to benefit land developers through the abuse of eminent domain and the power of highway monopoly. Further, we support legislation that would forbid tolls on any highway right of way which was obtained with tax dollars or through the use of eminent domain or condemnation.
Libertarians uphold the right of private enterprise to construct and operate private toll roads, provided that those private toll roads were not established by coercive government power.
I can take this or leave it. I DO NOT like the fact that government is helping private industry build toll roads. If someone wants to build a toll road, then let them, but that’s a private industry and government has no part in helping them (through Eminent Domain or tax breaks or anything else)
4. GOVERNMENT SPENDING
Libertarians support balancing the budgets at all levels of government within the state without increasing net taxation. We support a moratorium on bond issues and all other forms of borrowing money, giving top priority to the repayment of government debts. Once government debt and wasteful spending are eliminated, the savings must be returned to the people of Texas in lower taxes.
I live in Jefferson County. Our tax RATE has gone down… of course property values have gone waaay up. So everyone pays more money. Three years ago, our county had a total budget of about 68 million. This years proposed budget is 130 million.
Libertarians seek to abolish the Federal Department of Education and repeal all unconstitutional federal mandates on state-run public education.
Libertarians seek to challenge in the courts the federal government’s authority to regulate in any way the operation of state-run public schools.
Libertarians would establish a true competitive market in education by repealing all restrictions on transfer from one public school to another or between public and private schools. Further, we would repeal all laws which interfere with the right of parents to home school their children. To achieve this, we would repeal all compulsory attendance laws. The public school system, originally established as the school of last resort, should not enjoy a monopoly on the education of Texas children.
I agree with this and I’m a teacher. We can’t teach, we prepare students for the TAKS. It’s a total waste. I’ve seen the tests and they suck. I’ve had knock-down-drag-out fights with other teachers over answers (when we didn’t have an answer sheet). I’ve had problems with answers that were on the answer sheets. It’s a real joke.
Libertarians would legalize casino and other types of gambling. Libertarians recognize that fraud in gambling is just the same as any other form of fraud. Libertarians therefore seek to ensure that those who operate crooked games, including public officials, are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Works for me. Might as well keep the Texas people in Texas instead of sending all that money to LA.
7. JUDICIAL REFORM (Informed Jury)
Libertarians support judicial reform allowing juries not only to judge the case, but the validity of the law itself. All juries should likewise be informed of their rights to interpret the law and vote their conscience before deliberations in criminal and civil cases.
I love this idea.
8. POLICE POWERS
Libertarians support legislation or judicial rules that forbid the execution of “no-knock” warrants unless there is probable cause that they are necessary to avoid death or serious injury to an innocent person. We require that all warrants be presented to the subject for examination, with an original signature and a copy of the affidavit attached, and that the subject have an opportunity to contact the court that issued the warrant to verify its validity.
I’m not real fond of this idea. I appreciate the sentiment, but I don’t have a lot of experience with this idea. I’d like to hear from people with experience.
I am all about helping police and other officers in any way that I can.
9. IMMIGRATION AND BORDERS
Immigration is among the most contentious issues facing America today, and the specters of terrorism and war have only added fuel to an already fiery debate.
By any reasonable measure, properly regulated immigration is not just beneficial to the American economy but indispensable to the goal of a nation of freedom and opportunity. This nation was built on immigration. Allowing peaceful people to enter our country appropriately is not just an option. It’s a benchmark by which we measure whether or not we’re living up to the American ideal. Coupled with a benign foreign policy, it is what makes America the beacon of Liberty in what was once and would be again an otherwise dark world for most people.
Peaceful immigrants should be allowed to enter the US at conveniently located Customs and Immigration stations, subject only to brief vetting to ensure that they are not terrorists or criminals, and reasonable consideration of the nation’s ability to assimilate them.
Coupled with reasonable immigration for the peaceful, we must maintain a vigorous national defense against our enemies.
Terrorists and criminals who attempt to enter the US via a Customs and Immigration station should be denied entry and, where applicable, arrested and detained or extradited.
Terrorists and criminals who attempt to enter the US via other points along its 95,000 miles of border and coastline should be treated as what they are: invaders against whom we must respond. As long as our defense forces restrain themselves to reasonable rules of engagement, doing this will much better guarantee our security with little risk of dire consequences to occasional innocent refugees.
The privilege of entering the United States is not the right to invade the United States in contest with its legitimate interest in securing itself against those who would do it harm. It doesn’t matter whether the invasion is in the form of an organized military unit or a privately-executed mass movement assisted by a foreign government.
We should not have to worry about foreign nationals moving in just so they can eat out our substance on the dole. Still, the possibility of “safety net” abuse is not a good excuse for excluding immigrants. The so-called safety net is not a solution for the plight of poor immigrants. It is, for immigrants as much as for native-born citizens, an insidious enticement to laziness. Real immigrants don’t want welfare, and private charities could handle their occasional start-up needs.
This sums up my feelings exactly.
I am a big supporter of positive environmental policies. Large businesses will generally not take care of the environment on their own because it is expensive. See my previous blog entries on my environmental ideas.