Press Release from the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin:
Arndt to Challenge Sensenbrenner as Libertarian for 5th Congressional District, Focus on Term Limits and Limited Government
John Arndt announced his candidacy today to challenge Jim Sensenbrenner, as the Libertarian candidate for Wisconsin’s 5th congressional district for the 2016 election. John is 56 years old, was born in Milwaukee and grew up on Milwaukee’s northwest side. His father was a life-long union member, owned and operated his own construction company for 59 years, and was of Swiss and German descent. His mother was one of 16 children, a migrant farm worker of Mexican descent that traveled the Midwest as a child picking vegetables. Arndt served in the United States Army from 1984 to 1987 in West Germany as a medic with the 8th Infantry Division and 7th Army Medical Corps.
John was married to his wife Silvia in 1986 and has three daughters, Rachel, Sarah and Amanda, ages 29, 24 and 18. Rachel and Sarah are registered nurses and Amanda is studying to be a CPA and currently attending UW- Waukesha. He is a graduate of Milwaukee James Madison High ’77 and graduated first in his class in 1990 from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas business college.
John has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1992 and presently owns and operates Arndt Consulting LLC, a three-person public accounting firm located in Brookfield, WI that specializes in individual and corporate income taxes and audits of companies that receive government funding.
As a candidate, John Arndt believes the Internal Revenue Code and IRS policing of the code is insanely out-of-control and needs to be replaced, saying “I favor abolishing the Internal Revenue Code and IRS and replacing it with a national sales tax administered by state government.”
John is a strong believer in individual rights, liberty, the right to keep and bear arms, limited government and self-reliance. He believes the federal government is bloated and wasteful. “Our present two-party system is dependent upon special interest contributions for re-election and is largely responsible for the federal government’s massive budget and excessive waste.”
John believes election to public office should not be a lifetime career and is a strong proponent of a two-term limit for both the House of Representatives and Senate. “Our government needs to be responsive to the needs of the people and not beholden to special interest contributions that were necessary to get re-elected on a continuing basis.”
“My two greatest modern-day heroes are Milton Friedman and Ron Paul, Friedman for his genius in promoting liberty, freedom and the free enterprise system and for improving the lives of countless people across the globe who followed his advice and Paul for his courage and conviction and willingness to stand alone if necessary.”
John believes it is time to end the war on drugs and legalize the possession and cultivation of marijuana for personal use. “The war on drugs has ruined more lives than it saved and needs to be ended. Marijuana is a gateway drug mainly because it’s ‘illegal’, it endangers the lives of our children because it puts them in contact with criminals who are willing to sell them more profitable and dangerous drugs such as meth and heroin.”
John believes we need to end the war on terror and stop being afraid. “Peace is not created by fighting, but through love, generosity, and consideration. Jesus said ‘Love your enemies.’ Stray bombs and bullets kill innocent children, every innocent child killed creates an untold number of new terrorists who are vowed to the destruction of America with a vengeance and hatred… If the shoe was on the other foot and ISIS was dropping on Waukesha County, we too would become terrorists, only we would call ourselves ‘patriots.’ ”
“We need to refocus the energy of our military and refocus the creative energy of our nation by working together to rebuild our inner-cities and
national infrastructure, and again make America the shining beacon of freedom that it once was .”
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