Charles Jay has an attractive new Web site up for his bid to capture the White House in 2008. The site lists Jay as the candidate of the Utah-based Personal Choice Party, but he will also be vying for the Boston Tea Party‘s nomination, this coming Sunday.
Here’s an abbreviated look of where Jay stands on the issues:
Taxes: Jay is against the graduated income tax, and says he sees “user fees,” a national sales tax (excluding “necessities”), or even a flat tax on income as offering a “step in the right direction.” “But first things first,” says Jay. “There is way too much government waste, a product of the greed of politicians. That should be addressed before any tax reform is undertaken.” Jay’s stance is thus very similar to that of Bob Barr.
Education: Jay wants to eliminate the Department of Education “as it exists today.” He advocates school choice on the local level, and home schooling. He also sees great potential for home-based learning using the Internet.
Environment: Here Jay takes the libertarian hard line, calling for privatization as a means of preserving the environment, and blaming most environmental problems on the government itself.
Affirmative Action: Jay’s against it.
Health Care: Jay is more compromising in his position here, saying, “Simply dismissing [health care] as a problem the free market can solve is unrealistic, because you’re going to have elderly people, those under the poverty level, and others who would otherwise be considered uninsurable, and you can’t just sit back and let those people wither away and die.” He also supports Medical Savings Accounts and “drastically reducing the size and scope” of the FDA, or eliminating it altogether.
Gun Rights: “The right to bear arms also ensures the citizenry the right to protect itself FROM government. That right must never be taken away.”
Social Security: Jay calls it a “Ponzi Scheme” and say it should “ultimately” be eliminated.
War in Iraq: “We need more than to pull out of Iraq. We need to change the way we are currently looking at foreign policy, which now emphasizes pre-emption. These policies provide other nations with moral justification to attack us, because after all, the United States has far more weapons of mass destruction than anyone else.”
Campaign Finance Reform: Jay says McCain-Feingold rigs the system in favor of the two major parties and restricts free speech. The only way to reduce the influence of special interests, Jay says, is to reduce the amount of new legislation and restore the Constitution.
Gay Marriage: Jay supports equal rights for GLBT individuals and opposes efforts made by the federal government to define marriage. “Show me a married heterosexual couple that feels its union is threatened by the existence of gay marriages and I’ll show you a marriage that is weak enough to have problems under ANY circumstances.”
Line-Item Veto: Jay supports it.
The War on Drugs: Jay’s against it, and says education is the way to reduce demand for drugs.
Capital Punishment: Jay no longer supports the death penalty. He cites the socio-economic and racial disparities of its application, the penalty’s finality, and ultimately, his unwillingness to give the federal government the power of life and death over its citizens.
Abortion: Jay is pro choice, but he opposes federal funding for abortions. He says a woman’s body is her property and not the property of the government. He is not 100% decided on late-term abortions, however.
Read more at CJ08.com.