Indiana Libertarian Greg “No Bull” Knott: ‘the only real progressive in this race’

H/T Aaron Hamlin in comments on a previous IPR post, Knott clarifies Democrat Mailer on his behalf:

The Indiana Democratic Party has sent out a mailer claiming Greg “No Bull” Knott is the only true conservative in the 9th District Congressional race. The mailer highlights Knott’s commitment to job growth through tax reform, ending bailouts, and reducing the national debt through cuts to overseas military spending and corporate welfare.

Greg “No Bull” Knott, who is vying to replace incumbent Baron Hill to represent Indiana’s 9th District, responded to this sly campaign tactic saying, “It’s a dangerous game for these political professionals to play since most people who start voting for the best candidate never return to voting for the lesser of two evils. I expect many angry voters from across the political spectrum will send a message to Washington by voting for me since the New York Times reports that 63% of voters disapprove of Democrats, 73% disapprove of Republicans, 80% disapprove of Congress and 55% want new leadership in their own Congressional District. [i] “

Asked if the mailer is accurate Knott said, “It’s true but intentionally misleading because it omits the fact that I’m also the only real progressive in this race on the most important issues.”

  1. Job creation through progressive tax reform[ii];
  2. Ending reckless Wall Street de-regulation and bailouts – Knott supports re-instating the Glass-Steagall Banking Act of 1933 which Hill voted to repeal. The repeal allowed Wall St. investment banks to own Main St. commercial banks and gamble with deposits. Banks lost their bets and Congress made taxpayers bail them out. Democrats voting for repeal received an average of twice as cash from the banking industry than Democrats voting against[iii];
  3. Ending the undeclared wars of choice that cost each American household $61,000[iv];
  4. Protecting the environment, Louisville toll-bridge payers, and taxpayers from the fiscally irresponsible I-69 new terrain route through Bloomington[v];
  5. Closing overseas US military bases which cost $250 Billion/year. Rich countries like Japan, Germany & Korea should pay for their own security[vi];
  6. Slashing our military budget which is as large as the rest of the world combined and investing these savings in scholarships[vii] (see prior releases);
  7. Ending foreign aid which increases our debt and usually ends up in the hands of corrupt dictators like Karzai in the Afghanistan kleptocracy[viii];
  8. Ending corporate welfare like agribusiness subsidies in which the top 10% get 72% of the benefits[ix] and the average farm households makes $20K more than the average taxpaying family[x] (Robin Hood in reverse);
  9. Extending unemployment benefits – Hill voted against it last July when there were 5 applicants for every job opening while Knott would have voted to extend them[xi];
  10. Lowering US debt by letting ‘Bush tax cuts’ expire – Hill favors extending most Bush ‘tax cuts’ that are really ‘tax deferrals’ since all the borrowed money used to finance them must be paid back WITH interest while Knott favors no ‘tax cuts’ financed with borrowed money[xii];
  11. Ending the corrupting influence of lobbyist on Washington by removing the revolving door – Knott is the only candidate[xiii] to sign the Fight Washington Corruption Pledge which includes the Lobbying Reform Act which imposes a 5 year cooling off period before any Congressman or his staff can work for a lobbying firm or vice-versa[xiv]
  12. Removing unethical self-serving politicians from office- Hill has yet to explain why he took lobbying fees for taxpayer funded earmarks in an unethical conflict of interests.[xv] Knott called for Hill’s resignation in the Bloomington debate for abusing the public’s trust and dishonoring the office with scandal.[xvi]

[i] http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/16/us/politics/16poll.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2

[ii] http://www.fairtax.org/PDF/080224-WhyDemsShouldLoveFairTax.pdf

[iii] http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2008/09/money-and-votes-aligned-in-con.html

[iv] http://www.amazon.com/Three-Trillion-Dollar-War-Conflict/dp/0393067017

[v] http://nobullcongress.com/issues/i-69/

[vi] http://www.pdamerica.org/articles/news/2010-10-06-11-45-21-news.php

[vii] http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/05/11/60minutes/main1611936.shtml

[viii] http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/18/afghanistan-election-fraud-evidence

[ix] Environmental Working Group, Farm Subsidy Database, www.ewg.org/farm. This is a nine-year average, 1995 to 2003.

[x] http://www.ers.usda.gov/briefing/wellbeing/farmhouseincome.htm

[xi] http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/111/house/2/votes/463/

[xii] http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3036

[xiii] http://fightwashingtoncorruption.com/candidates.html

[xiv] http://fightwashingtoncorruption.com/facts/

[xv] http://www.idsnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=77748&search=knott&section=search

[xvi] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6N25iWiR5k



Previously at IPR:

Libertarian Party of Indiana Condemns Use of Candidates’ Images Without Permission

Boston Tea Party Response to Democrats “helping” Libertarians

Democrats go trick-or-treating as Libertarians

Libertarian Party: ‘Anti-war liberals can vote Libertarian’

Libertarian Chair: Time to Re-Legalize Immigration

Randy Shaw: ‘Media Falsely Brands Corporate Plutocrats as Libertarians’

Lee Wrights: ‘Anti-war liberals should vote Libertarian to stop all wars’

And

Libertarians: Left, Right or Neither?

11 thoughts on “Indiana Libertarian Greg “No Bull” Knott: ‘the only real progressive in this race’

  1. Hugh Jass

    Why doesn’t he join the Green Party if he favors higher taxes, social welfare spending, and an increased regulatory state?

  2. Single Winner Districts = Neanderthal Attractor

    #3 I agree with Knott the Libertarian. I prefer the rules of the USA Parliament, rule #6…

    http://www.usparliament.org/rules.htm
    6. CATEGORIZATION AND PARTY NAMES The first and most important criterion in determining the nominee’s party/category is the
    nominee’s most recently requested or declared party/category in US Parliament matters. […]

    Hugh, if you can improve the rule, we welcome your improved wording. However, for now he is Knott the Libertarian, for Congress.

    Although I still do prefer a female Libertarian over Knott the Libertarian. Should be a female #1, Knott the Libertarian as #2.

    I do hope you agree now.

    –James Ogle [Free Parliamentary]
    “Why do you THINK they called it Google?”

  3. Single Winner Districts = Neanderthal Attractor

    BTW, I just GoNotted Greg Knott, and his name, Greg Knott the Libertarian, was located. His name Knott found. The new search engine GoNott worked on his name Greg Knott, the Libertarian. Go Greg Knott, #2 for Congress. A female #1, Knott #2.

    “GoNott YOUR name for political office,
    Go Knott, the Libertarian as #2, opposite gender #1”

    http://www.GoNott.com
    Join the Frees,
    opposite gender #1!

    No neanderthals, please! Team players only.
    http://www.usparliament.org/potparty.htm

  4. paulie Post author

    Why doesn’t he join the Green Party

    What makes you think he’s a Green?

    Also, I don’t think the Green Party has ballot access in Indiana.

  5. paulie Post author

    Here’s what led to the hubbub:

    Democrats advertising for Libertarian

    * By Jim Shella

    INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Indiana Democratic Party is sending direct mail to voters in the 9th Congressional district that call Libertarian Greg Knott “The most conservative candidate for Congress.”

    The mailing includes a picture of Knott and positions on issues taken from the Knott campaign website.

    It’s an obvious attempt to encourage conservatives to vote for Knott rather than Republican Todd Young. Libertarians generally draw from the Republican base but Knott, an environmentalist, has been targeting Democrat Baron Hill with his advertising.

    For Democrats, it’s a strategy that suggests Baron Hill is in trouble.

  6. Michael H. Wilson

    Thanks and understandable. You may want to take a look at see if it fits here. I have a couple of questions about the overall intent of the group Foreign Policy in Focus.

    Regardless thank you,
    MW

  7. paulie Post author

    wait, what exactly is the track back to the Knott campaign? I have to have a direct connection to alt party/independent candidates to justify posting it as an article.

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