Email from John Jay Myers:
One of my favorite things about running for office in Dallas is filling out the Dallas Morning News Questionnaire.
What changes, if any, would you recommend in the Obama administration’s strategy in Afghanistan?
Afghanistan is a quagmire. We need to get out of it of immediately. Hunting down and killing the Al Qaeda terrorists responsible would have been an appropriate response to 9/11. Occupying Afghanistan, changing the regime and propping up a new government was not.
Increasing our troop presence was exactly the wrong move. Our mission to win the hearts and minds of the people has backfired. What would we do if there was a foreign force occupying our cities? And even if it were remotely possible to build a stable, honest and effective government in Afghanistan for the long term, as called for in Barack Obama and David Petraeus’s Counter-Insurgency Strategy, there would still be safe havens for terrorists all over the world. How many more countries must we occupy, and at what cost in American lives and resources, and how many new fanatics will we inspire before we realize that big government wars do not keep us safe?
Our foreign interventions create the very problems we are going there to solve. These people do not hate us because we are free, nor do they hate us because of our religion. They hate us because we have been interfering in their countries, taking their resources, and spreading democracy through the barrel of a gun — since long before September 11, 2001. It’s time to stop squandering our resources, bring our troops home, and focus on freeing our economy and defending America.
What strategies should the U.S. employ in Iraq after the withdrawal date?
Iraq was one of the biggest mistakes in United States history. I am not sure if “mistake” goes far enough. I would almost say that the invasion of Iraq based on trumped up charges of weapons of mass destruction that had absolutely no connection to 9/11 was borderline treason.
The fact that no one has been disciplined or arrested for the misinformation that led to this tragedy is an insult to the thousands of wounded and fallen American soldiers, the American taxpayers, and the countless Iraqi civilians who have lost their lives since our involvement.
Let me be clear: renaming “combat” troops, “counter terrorist” troops does not a withdrawal make.
The question of what to do after the withdrawal date is simple – actually withdraw and stay withdrawn.
What should the U.S. do to combat Mexico’s drug cartels?
The government is fueling these cartels in the same way it fueled the Mafia during prohibition. These groups are becoming millionaires off of the drug war.
A friend of mine ruined his life using drugs. People may say, “That’s why they should be illegal!” To that I respond, “They are.” People are going to do drugs. There is no way around that, and the drug war has completely failed to stop it.
The question is, do you want drug use to fuel a multi-billion dollar industry that allows the worst people in the world to buy guns and influence your children in the streets or in schools? Or, would you rather drugs be legal so they can no longer drain this country’s economy and ruin our cities and neighborhoods?
If you want to destroy drug cartels and gang members, end the war on drugs so they will have no choice but to get honest jobs.
How should the U.S. respond to the emerging threats in Iran and North Korea?
I would ask whoever wrote this question to consider how they expect either of these countries to attack us. And why would they do that? To start World War 3? If either Iran or North Korea could attack us and actually did so, there would soon be a large crater where those countries once were. They have no reason to want that.
What is the emerging threat to the United States in Iran? According to the CIA and the International Atomic Energy Agency, they do not have nuclear weapons and are not currently working on a nuclear weapons program. This question itself escalates the same warmongering talk that has already ended up with us intervening in the affairs of other nations, starting wars, and creating the very outrage that has lead to the one type of tactic we cannot fight conventionally, terrorism.
The United States is going bankrupt by being the world’s police. Our national debt didn’t go from $5 trillion to $10 trillion under George Bush because of Barack Obama’s health care plan. We have over 700 bases in 139 countries, and we spend billions on foreign aid every year which is often used against us. We need to start letting these countries defend themselves.
It does not matter what you feel about our foreign policy, because if it does not change, our impending bankruptcy will end it anyway.
If you served in Congress this year, how did you vote on the health-care overhaul, and why? If you weren’t a House member, how would you have voted?
I would have voted against it. We all agree that health-care is too expensive. But why is it so expensive? Because government programs pump billions into big corporations, inflating demand and driving up prices. We have created a market that has no fair competition, where people can be charged outrageous amounts of money for the simplest of procedures.
Congress has already given a massive handout to prescription drug companies, and this most recent legislation gives another massive government handout to insurance companies. There is no way that costs for health-care can go down when government is buying more and more of it, or forcing you to buy it.
You will always see cost increases when the government is involved because, “Hey, if the government is paying for it, then I don’t care what it costs.”
But the government is us, and we all pay for these ridiculous government programs through inflation, taxation, and debt.
The worst part about the health-care proposal is that it does not provide health-care to anyone, but it is simply a gift to big insurance that will ensure that they can continue to abuse the American people.
If your goal is low priced, high quality health care made available to the greatest number of people, then the solution is to get the government out of the health care business. This is the perfect example of why government should not be involved in any business.
Does the economy need another stimulus package? If not why not, and if so, what should Congress include in it?
The stimulus, along with the bailouts supported by Pete Sessions, have failed. Government stimulus programs drain the economy while lining the pockets of the well-connected, and so many Americans still remain unemployed. We have just seen the effect of the stimulus- the banks are smiling and Americans are getting ready for a double dip recession, but now with the added burden of inflation on commodities, deflation on assets and tremendous debt.
Where does this stimulus come from? It comes from the government printing money. What does printing money do? It creates inflation. Who does inflation harm most? The poor and middle class, because it is like a hidden tax.
For instance a fast food restaurant may have had a $4 meal two years ago that is now $6. That is inflation. Of course the Federal Reserve will say inflation is negligible, but ask the average American family if their dollars are going as far as they used to. That is one way the stimulus hurts.
The stimulus package also hurts our economy by sinking resources into every legislator’s pet project. Highways to nowhere are just a waste. If Americans were allowed to keep their own money that money could be used to start businesses, employ people, and buy goods and services in their hometowns.
Finally, notice who really benefits from the stimulus, bailouts, cash for clunkers, etc. The big winners are always the well-connected, the car companies, the banks, the largest corporations. You may think that is a good thing but realize that every opportunity given to the connected by government is an opportunity taken away from those who would work hard and earn for themselves.
What role should the federal government play in promoting alternative sources of energy?
None. Government’s involvement in these markets has created cartels and stifled the creation of new energy sources.
The Department of Energy was created in 1977 to end our reliance on foreign oil. After more than three decades we are more dependent than ever.
Do you want cars that run on hydrogen, natural gas, electricity or even solar power? Get government out of the way and let Americans do what we do best- create, innovate, and accomplish.
Why does France get 80% of its power from Nuclear energy?
Why do 92% of the cars sold this year in Brazil run on sugar?
Look no further than regulations and laws that keep oil king in the United States. Because of corrupt politicians and the power we allow them in these markets, we shouldn’t hold our breath waiting for monumental energy reform.
This is yet another reason why we need to get government out of business.
Do you support a carbon cap to control emissions? If not, how would you combat emissions?
Cap and trade sounds like a great way for the rich and powerful to prevent competition because when they want to pollute, they will just pay for the right. There is a misunderstanding over how Libertarians would handle environmental issues. Those who are against the free market say that polluters would have free reign to emit toxins into our air or water. But the opposite is true, no one has a right to pollute regardless of the money they have paid to lobbyist.
And if a company is polluting your air or polluting your water, sue them. I propose adding more courts to fast track cases of fraud and abuse by large corporations. I am not willing to allow them to buy their way out of it.
I would cut emissions by letting the free market work. If we were not subsidizing oil through taxes and war, an electric car would be a logical replacement in this country.
Increase in purchases of such cars would lower their price through competition and this in turn would reduce our emissions.
What’s the best way(s) for Congress to keep Medicare’s hospital trust fund from going bankrupt in 2017?
If you want to fund Medicare for a limited amount of time, you should end our role as the worlds police and end corporate welfare immediately. Many of our social programs are Ponzi schemes that need to be phased out over time, the fact that they are going bankrupt and are insolvent should be a sign that these programs need to be resigned eventually.
We know that these programs will not last forever. This is an unavoidable fact. We don’t want to instantly end the programs, but we should give people a chance to start creating their own personal tax free retirement and health care accounts. We have a choice to either slowly transition to private systems now, or do it chaotically in the inevitable disastrous collapse that these programs are heading towards.
The federal deficit is now at its largest share of the gross domestic product since World War II. What should we do to curb its rise? Raise taxes? Cut benefits? Reduce spending? Please be specific.
We should start by dramatically cutting our foreign policy spending by bringing the troops home, allowing other countries to defend themselves, and eliminating foreign aid.
If people want to fight or defend some other country, they should feel free to buy a rifle and give it a go. But do not tax me to satisfy the neo-conservative obsession with imperialism.
Next, we should end almost all federal departments other than State, Treasury, Defense and Justice. Departments such as Agriculture, Education, Energy, and so on have no constitutional basis, invite unjust influence from wealthy corporations, and suppress the very things they claim to promote.
We must phase out entitlement spending and other social programs over time. If the American people want to donate to an honest, peaceful charity or organization they should feel free. Americans have proven their generosity again and again, but wealth transfer by force creates a disincentive for giving.
Finally, we must completely audit the Federal Reserve system to establish whether we really need to pay back the money they created out of thin air. The reason they make so many programs part of Federal domain is because they can use the nation’s giant credit card, the Federal Reserve, to pay for what they want. What did your financial advisor tell you about credit cards again?
What should Congress do to reform immigration policies and on what timetable? What role should cities and states play in enforcing immigration laws?
I believe we should have a secure border, but we should make it as easy as possible for people who want to come here peacefully and work to do so. If it were easy to come into this country legally, securing the border would not be a problem because only criminals and the truly violent would try to sneak across.
Immigrants are not a problem in the United States. They are a great scapegoat at a time when our country is being ransacked by corrupt politicians. Illegal immigration, a product of big government’s restrictions on legal immigration, is something to divert Americans eyes and increase division.
Many call out, “Secure the border!” and cite costly government benefits for immigrants, drug violence, lost jobs, and terrorist threats as the reasons. To that I respond:
1. We shouldn’t have entitlement spending for anyone. We need to put an end to that, illegal immigration is just aother symptom of an out of control entitlement system.
2. Big government’s prohibition on drugs is the reason why violent criminals are selling them.
We should start by legalizing Marijuana, you want to fight cartels? Defund them.
3. If you want to create jobs, how about eliminating the minimum wage or not sucking trillions from the economy through taxes and inflation. Immigrants have unfairly found themselves to blame for everything that is wrong with the United States, when the real problem is that the banks, our government, and endless wars have sucked the economic life blood out of America.
4. Intervening in foreign governments, taking sides in foreign conflicts, and occupying other nations is not the way to win friends, but it will influence people by making them our enemies. Maybe if we stopped all that we would not have to worry about terrorists sneaking across the border.
If you truly believe that people coming to this country to work are a detriment to our society, you must believe that an economy is best that has no people in it.
What specific measures will you take to increase leadership and decrease polarization within Congress on important national issues?
I will increase leadership by upholding my oath to the Constitution of the United States of America. I will do my best to convince others to do the same.
If Congress limited its legislation to the enumerated powers of Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, it would be much less polarizing. When all sides understand that we have to play by the rules and the constitution is the rule book. We will end up with a far less divided country.
How would you assess President Obama’s performance so far?
Originally I held out hope that he would use common sense in dealing with our problems in the Middle East. I no longer have that hope.
I had thought that possibly the corporatism that was so rampant during the Bush years would end. After Cash for Clunkers and the “insurance bail out” bill, as well as the his ongoing ties to the big energy and the banks, I no longer have those thoughts.
I had believed that our new President would uphold the Bill of Rights, since Guantanamo stayed open and the Patriot Act was renewed, I no longer believe that.
All that being said, it appears to be business as usual in Washington. That is the problem with Washington, they need to get out of business.
Name three legislators you have admired and why you have admired them.
I admire Thomas Jefferson and Ron Paul. Neither would involve our military in the affairs of other countries.
Neither would allow the banks and big business to use their power through our government to ruin us.
Neither would support entitlement spending and plans like the stimulus that are simply wealth redistribution scams, which do more to keep people impoverished than to help them.
Simply put, both have known that libertarianism is the only answer to a truly free, just, and prosperous society.
For a third, I admire the political skill of Pete Sessions for being able to dump a truck load of manure on the American people year after year and get reelected. That is something.
Why should voters choose you over your opponent?
Luckily for me, my opponent is everything that is wrong with America. He voted for the Bailouts, the wars, and the Federal government health care expansion Medicare part D.
And, in a true troop supporting moment, he managed to give his former assistant a $1.6 million dollar contract to “investigate” the idea of giant, gas-filled, slow moving, low flying balloons to be used in moving troops and equipment into the “theatre”, even though his former assistant has never had anything to do with military contracting.
He claims that “reading the bills” should be the motto in congress, when he has signed bills like the Patriot Act that he could have never read. Can you imagine signing a bill that takes away the rights of American citizens without reading it? He claims that “living within our means” should be the rule, when he has absolutely no plan or idea of how to balance the budget, or he is keeping it a secret.
But wait, there is more. There is his close connection to jailed ponzi scheme inventor Allen Stanford, to whom Pete sent the message, “I love you and believe in you”.
I have a clear mission: to drastically reduce the Federal government’s power by following the Constitution of the United States of America, ending corporate welfare, bringing our troops home. If that sounds good to you, I could use your help.
My message to the free market, the people of America, and the Constitution is, “I love you and believe in you”.