Please send me your suggestions before noon as I am sending this offin advance of tonight's candidates forum.
On Monday, September 24, 2012, Bruce Majors wrote:
vement for DC rights? Why or why not?
DC for Democracy 2012 DC Delegate Questionnaire
1. Why are you running for DC Delegate, and what are your
I am running to get another party, the Libertarian Party, permanent ballot status. We need more parties and options in DC, especially more parties critical of the status quo. Our incumbent political class is corrupt, willing to over look corruption, not producing any solutions (simply riding on a wave of federal money expanding high income earners in DC, lawyers and lobbyists who price previous residents out of the housing market), and unable to provide solutions.
I would also like to try to get someone to pay attention to why Delegate Norton receives 200,000 to 400,000 every election cycle to run unopposed. With her single biggest conibution coming from the New York based Studley Corporation, which leases and develops office space for the federal government. What local residents have lost the chance to buy or rent property by shifting federal co tracts to this out of town corporation?
2. What are the three most important issues facing the District in
the next decade?
Many more than three.
1). The continued expansion of the federal government, including the surveillance state agencies like DHS, is causing an acceleration of condo conversion and rising rents and real state prices, forcing working class DC resident to move to Prince George's county and have longer commutes to work. The DC political class likes this because the 6 figure lawyers and lobbyists moving in are more likely to be child less and make fewer demands on services. But this makes DC more dependent on federal spending, and more vulnerable to sequestration and the federal budget crisis.
2). The Tenth Amendment and the rights of local residents under it ignored by the federal government. Currently this includes the use of the Defense of Marriage Act to negate DC same sex marriages providing equal rights under federal laws administered by the IRS, SSA, and INS. But as DC is administered by the federal government, we could be in for severe privacy and civil liberties violations as the federal government and executive branch feels the need to protect itself from prospective terrorists, including tourists with Ron Paul bumperstickers.
3) The failed drug war, which besides wasting tax dollars and incentivizing organized crime, is racially discriminatory and makes it harder for those with criminal records to get the types of jobs available in DC, which often require background checks.
3. Should statehood be the ultimate goal of the mo
It would be more democratic to put a referendum on the ballot and let DC residents decide whether they would like to be a state or whether they would like equality with the residents of Puerto Rico, who as a territory without full representation pay no federal income taxes.
I would raise the issue among groups our current Delegate ignores, including the tea party movement, pointing out that taxing DC residents without allowing them to be represented violates their beliefs, and that nullifying DC laws is an example of federal power violating the 10th Amendment.
5. What will you do to help create and protect affordable housing
and alleviate homelessness?
I would reduce the regulatory burden which studies show increases housing prices by 20-40 per cent. I would also vote to freeze and reduce federal spending, and decentralize federal agencies and employment, so that DC did not continue to import highly paid federal bureaucrats who drive up rents and force lower income DC residents to move away.
6. What would you advocate in order to reform the Washington
Metro Area Transit Authority?
I would encourage them to legalize and deregulate jitneys, taxis, private vans and buses, and light rail. The Metro system continues to break down and will likely become more and more expensive to maintain, as well as becoming more dangerous. It also causes cenalization of employment opportunities and distorts real estate values - almost all foreclosures in the metropolitan area occur where there is no metro stop, as demand for housing near a subway is strong enough to allow one to sale home at a bakeven price. Additionally, the centralized and government controlled nature of the system almost guarantees increased TSA type searches and seizures of commuters persons and luggage. Once people become accustomed to this the next step will be work and residential permits for people to be allowed to live, work, drive, or walk a sidewalk in the Imperial City.