8/7/12 Unfortunately, Jason lost his primary challenge.
Thank you for running, Jason! We’ll look for you next time. You make all the difference to the Liberty Movement. Never give up — we clearly need to work harder on our end!
Please keep us posted on what you will do next and how the liberty movement can capitalize on what you’ve started in Missouri!!!
Jason answers the Liberty Candidate questions below:
I) Re. the U.S. Financial System:
1. What is your view of the monetary system in the U.S. today?
We are in need of drastic reform, in four short years our national debt will exceed 23 trillion dollars. The Federal Reserve has created massive mal-investment and inflationary pressures through currency manipulation tactics. It is time for sound economic growth that begins with the dismantling of the Federal Reserve.
2. What corrective actions could we take right now to improve the economy?
1) Audit and End the Federal Reserve, bring our dollar back to the gold standard to limit the federal government’s manipulation of our currency.
2) Get control of the debt, balance the federal budget.
3) Establish a fair tax system, eliminate the federal income tax completely and institute a consumption based taxation system. Eliminate the corporate loopholes while encouraging international and domestic investment.
4) Establish regulatory reform, regulations on everything from Health Care legislation to the Environmental Protection Agency has diminished entrepreneurship, innovation, job growth, and wealth creation.
3. Do you agree with the actions the Federal Reserve has taken to solve the financial crisis? If not, what could the Fed have done differently?
The Federal Reserve has made the situation much worse in basing interest rates on capital that does not exist, in a sense establishing a ponzi scheme of the American economy. The FED is in large part to blame for the current recession and its’ actions are not allowing the market correction which will in turn make our economic situation much worse. In addition, printing trillions of dollars to cover government assets, foreign nations, and corporations, has established inflationary burdens on society, further preventing economic growth and efficiency.
4. Should the Federal Reserve be audited fully, no secrets, or does it need to keep some information under wraps?
The Federal Reserve should be audited and dismantled.
II) Re. Foreign Policy:
What is your opinion on current US foreign policy?
I believe in a strong national defense, the primary function of our nation is to protect its citizens from all threats, domestic and abroad. Our military men and women have served gallantly over the years, commanding our admiration and respect. Today though, hundreds of thousands of our troops are spread over the globe in 135 different countries. Most of our troops that are in harm’s way are without a clear mission, they are charged with the responsibility of nation building. Establishing a liberal or free democracy through nation building is a role that is more political, cultural and economic in nature, as these democratic beliefs have to be internal and socially developed. This is seen as the success rate of military interventionism in creating a liberal democratic state is very low, and non-existent in regards to Arab nations. I believe that there are more effective ways to promote democracy than losing thousands of lives and spending trillions of dollars. I believe we would have a stronger and more efficient military if we were not bogged down in several wars and nation building operations all at once. In doing so, we would save billions of dollars instantly and could have a renewed focus on our national security.
1. How should we fight a “war on terror”?
Terrorism is a tactic, in order to limit or diminish terrorism, we need to reform current U.S. foreign policy. As the economic global leader the United States is in position to encourage cooperation through trade liberalization. In doing such we could cultivate democratic institutions abroad.
2. Should the U.S. occupy other countries? If not, would you push to close all bases? Are there any you would keep open?
The United States should not occupy foreign nations, even if we wished to do so, we cannot sustain this policy economically. Our military is currently in over 135 different nations. If elected I would fully support a policy of transition.
3. Should the U.S. maintain its standing army?
Yes, the United States should maintain a standing army as a basic function of the state.
4. Is the Patriot Act necessary to protect America? If not, would you vote to repeal it?
The Patriot Act is not necessary to protect America, many provisions in such are in direct violation to the U.S. Constitution.
III) Re. Personal Liberty:
1. What information may the U.S. government legally gather about its citizens? When would it be necessary to overstep those boundaries?
Basic information concerning citizens in regards to tax purposes should be the only information concerning such, if we were to move to a fair tax, even less information would be necessary. Individuals should be very cautious of providing avenues for the federal government to collect information.
2. What limits, if any, should be placed on the U.S. government’s ability to search its citizens without a warrant?
The Constitution provides us with a legal avenue to so such, if the action does not fit within the confines of such, then it should not take place.
3. Ought the U.S. government be allowed to protect its citizens’ health by outlawing foods it considers unsafe, or to force medicate (i.e., fluoridation) or force vaccinate citizens?
No, I believe the federal government has overstepped its legal bounds within legislation in regards to such. Individuals have their own respective choices to make.
4. What controls, if any, should be placed on the right to own a gun? Is there an effective way to keep guns out of the hands of madmen and criminals without encroaching on the rights of free, law-abiding citizens?
IV) Re. U.S. Sovereignty:
1. Is our involvement in and subjugation to global organizations, such as WHO, NATO, the UN, etc., a benefit to U.S. citizens?
No, I believe membership within these organizations has not only subverted our sovereignty and constitution, but it has cost taxpayer’s billions of dollars.
2. Would you work to repeal international agreements that purport to hold U.S. citizens and/or property under its jurisdiction, or do you think there might be times when benefits outweigh concessions?
Yes, such attitude and agreements not only violates an individual’s property rights, it subverts our sovereignty and constitution.
3. Are trade agreements with other nations, i.e., NAFTA, CAFTA, good for U.S. citizens?
Trade provides an avenue for cooperation, liberalization, jobs, consumer choice, and a more efficient economy. Trade agreements such as NAFTA and CAFTA however are not examples of free trade, they are more mercantilist in nature as corporations and other special interests have had a major role in the writing of such legislation which has and will continue to undercut small businesses.
4. Should the U.S. give foreign aid to other countries? If yes, for what purposes would it be justified? If not all countries, which would you continue to support?
No, we are not in an economic position to do such, in addition to the fact that many nations have received much aid at the expense of their respective people. (Examples of dictatorships receiving foreign aid in the past and currently in Egypt, Pakistan, and North Korea- to name a few).
V) Re. State Sovereignty:
1. When does state law take precedent over federal law?
Our nation is a democratic-republic in that the states have rights precedent over federal law. The 10th amendment states that the powers not outlined within the constitution are reserved for the states. As an individual, that serves as my guide toward the federal and state government’s relationship.
2. Would you stand up to the federal government and demand that it stay within the bounds of its enumerated powers and out of state business?
Yes, in fact I believe there are several federal departments and actions that are unconstitutional. As a congressman, I will challenge the current centralized government approach.
3. Do federal officers have the right to arrest non-military citizens within the individual states for any crimes?
Yes, crime such as interstate bank robberies, fall under the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
VI) Illegal Immigration:
1. What do you see as the #1 problem with illegal immigration?
The primary concern with illegal immigration is the economic burden it is having on our states. Our current entitlement system encourages such illegal immigration.
2. What actions could we take to stop illegal immigrants from taking advantage of social services?
Reforming the entitlement states to encourage personal growth and responsibility, as I feel it currently creates a glass ceiling for poorer Americans.
VII) Misc. Questions:
1. If you could make one amendment to the U.S. Constitution, what would it be?
Honestly, I wish the federal government would follow the current constitution, however if presented with the opportunity to create an additional amendment, I would suggest one that supports a balanced budget, reducing the monetary power of the federal government.
2. Would you vote to end government subsidies to private industry?
Yes, I do not support any form of corporate welfare or bailouts. Billions of our tax dollars have rewarded poor business practices and have only established a moral hazard. The corporate control of congress must end, the days of privatizing profits and socializing the losses must be eliminated.
3. What should our government’s action be against Julian Assange, if any?
4. Do you know what Agenda 21/Sustainable Development and the Communitarian agenda is? Do you support it? Why or why not?
I do not support any action or organization that undermines U.S. sovereignty or the U.S. Constitution.
Your Name: Jason Greene
Office you seek: U.S. House of Representatives
PRIMARY DATE: 8/7/2012