Maryland Libertarians hold state convention, announce plan to eliminate sales tax over eight years

Dundalk, Maryland: On Saturday, March 13, 2010 the Maryland Libertarian Party held its annual state convention. The Libertarian Party’s Candidate for Governor, Susan Gaztañaga, began to outline some key issues and the platform of her campaign. Two issues that she has brought are the Sales Tax and the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Six to Zero in Eight”, Gaztañaga pledges: “We need to eliminate our State Sales Tax and boost the economy of Maryland.” The plan would reduce the sales tax rate to zero in eight years.

The Maryland Libertarian Party strongly opposes the draconian tax policy of Governor Martin O’Malley, who raised the Sales Tax in an economic downturn. Businesses in Western Maryland would directly benefit from this proposal by the Gaztañaga Campaign, as they would have edge on neighboring states with a sales tax, giving the Maryland economy a shot in the arm.

Gaztañaga also pledges to order home all Maryland National Guard troops. Since there is no imposing threat or impending attack on our Country, there is no need for the troops to be abroad any longer. President Obama has done nothing but increase our involvement, and Governor O’Malley has not stood up to Bush or Obama on this issue.

Doug McNeil, the MdLP’s candidate for Lt. Governor, proposed that a Gaztañaga Administration would lift the tough restrictions on Concealed Weapons Permits by executive order. This would enable citizens to better protect themselves and help reduce crime.

Two more Candidates were nominated: Jerry McKinley for U.S. Congress, District 3; and Arvin Vohra for House of Delegates, District 15. Both will be filing their paperwork in the coming weeks and hitting the campaign trail. (The LP nominates candidates by convention and does not waste taxpayer money on primary elections.)

For more information on this issue, or to arrange an interview with the Maryland Libertarian Party, please call Communications Director Muir Boda at (410) 603-3347, or email at mwboda@mac.com.

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 Maryland Libertarian Party at www.md.lp.org, their blog at www.mdlibertarian.com, and the Libertarian Party by visiting LP.org. The Libertarian Party proudly stands for smaller government, lower taxes and more freedom.

7 thoughts on “Maryland Libertarians hold state convention, announce plan to eliminate sales tax over eight years

  1. AroundtheblockAFT

    Two good issues, esp. the National Guard one.
    Maryland refused to call up the State Militia to answer Lincoln’s call. (Of course, he then locked up some state legislators until he secured Maryland to the Union.) Every LP candidate for governor should use this issue in their state to attract all voters who believe in bringing the troops home.
    The sales tax reduction plan is fine…as long as you tell the voters what spending will be reduced to make up for the lost revenue. Otherwise, it is just bloviating rhetoric.

  2. Dear .......... Thinkers

    that 1950s and 1960s and 1970s text books
    were terrible, why wasn’t I taught the fuller
    more complete ‘Lincoln’ instead of the
    ‘sanitized’ official version ??????????

    1 response so far ?

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    1 AroundtheblockAFT // Mar 24, 2010
    “Maryland refused to call up the State Militia to answer Lincoln’s call. (Of course, he then locked up some state legislators until he secured Maryland to the Union.)”

    * Prove it, it was never in my school text[s]!

  3. Michael H. Wilson

    “Gaztañaga also pledges to order home all Maryland National Guard troops. Since there is no imposing threat or impending attack on our Country, there is no need for the troops to be abroad any longer.”

    Someone may wish to get some clarification on this.While it is a good idea I do believe the SCOTUS has already ruled on this issue. There was a Gov. from Wisconsin or Minnesota who tried this when Reagan was in office and it didn’t work out too well.

  4. Steve Southard

    I congratulate the MD LP for their stance on the sales tax issue. I do concur that it must be accompanied by proposals for vastly reducing state gov’t spending. That’s where the real leverage is. That’s the part no Dem or Rep wants to touch.
    I concur also with bringing National Guard troops home from Iraq. That “war” was such a sad mistake.
    I’m a little conflicted about Afghanistan. I think Libertarians are generally in favor of self defense, and striking back when attacked. Therefore, if the President were to commit, and I mean fully commit, the military to the single-minded purpose of hunting down OBL wherever he might be, then I think that’s a worthy effort for the MD National Guard to participate in. (I’m 52, but I might sign up for that myself!) Anything short of such a commitment to getting Al Queda (not the government of Afghanistan, not the Taliban, not “terrorists of global reach”), though, and I would agree that the military should come home.

  5. Michael H. Wilson

    Here a comment from Wikipedia on the Nat’l Guard issue I mentioned above. It may apply here.

    “Perpich v. Department of Defense, 496 U.S. 334 (1990), was a case decided by the United States Supreme Court concerning the Militia Clauses of Article I, Section 8, of the United States Constitution in which the court held that the Congress of the United States may authorize members of the National Guard of the United States to be ordered to active federal duty for purposes of training outside the United States without either the consent of a State Governor or the declaration of a national emergency.”

  6. AroundtheblockAFT

    #2 Maryland Governor Hicks authorized Baltimore Mayor Brown to use the state militia to burn railroad bridges so troops hurrying to answer Lincoln’s call could not pass through Baltimore. Lincoln responded by arresting Mayor Brown and other city officials and enough members of the Maryland legislature to keep them from voting to secede. Arrests were later found unconstitutional.
    School text books are notoriously generalized.
    You need read more specific history books to understand the true measure of anti-liberty actions our government has taken from 1789 onward. Bet you think Lt. Col. Custer was some kind of hero/martyr don’t you?

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