April 2013 Erin was not victorious in her quest for the Henderson City Council. Their HUGE loss!!! Thank you for running, Erin. Never give up. (Like that would ever happen with Erin )
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Erin 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?
It stinks. We should go back to the gold standard.
2. What corrective actions could we take right now to improve the economy?
Legalize microbusiness and have a total tax holiday for all new business startups.
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?
No bailouts. Let the banks fail. Iceland did it and they didn’t sink into the ocean.
4. Should the Federal Reserve be audited fully, no secrets, or does it need to keep some information under wraps?
Yes, it should be audited, as a first step toward curbing its power.
II) Re. Foreign Policy:
1. What is your opinion on current US foreign policy?
We should end all imperialism and imperialist wars. We should stop doing nation building overseas and concentrate on helping our own country.
2. How should we fight a “war on terror”?
One can’t fight an idea. The war on drugs, the war on poverty, the war on terror, they all have one thing in common: they failed. We should only fight actual, specific enemies.
3. Should the U.S. occupy other countries?
No. If not, would you push to close all bases? Yes. Are there any you would keep open? No.
4. Should the U.S. maintain its standing army?
Yes, because as long as anyone else has one, we need one too. Otherwise other countries might do the same thing to us that we’ve been doing to them.
5. Is the Patriot Act necessary to protect America?
No. It does not protect us, it robs us of our freedom. If not, would you vote to repeal it? Yes.
III) Re. Personal Liberty:
1. What information may the U.S. government legally gather about its citizens?
Whatever is public rather than private. Although one can argue over those definitions when it comes to specific types of info. When would it be necessary to overstep those boundaries? In a formal criminal investigation, with due process and warrants issues by judges in open court.
2. What limits, if any, should be placed on the U.S. government’s ability to search its citizens without a warrant?
There should not be routine screening by government. Any action against a citizen without probable cause that a crime has been or is being committed or that a specific life is in danger due to a specific person’s specific action should be illegal as it was before 2001.
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. Consumers already hold food manufacturers and farmers to a higher standard than government does, demanding organic, non-irradiated, non-GMO produce and foods. Or not, as they freely choose. Voluntary recall systems protect the public from contamination better than government does.
4. What controls, if any, should be placed on the right to own a gun?
“The right to bear arms shall not be infringed.” Sounds pretty clear to me. 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? No, because laws don’t keep lawbreakers from doing anything. And our society defines “madmen” in a way that would make us all less safe if we let government use those definitions to deny people guns. Our mental health system classifies rape victims who seek counseling as having a mental illness while rapists are not considered mentally ill, so trying to have the mental health system say who should not have guns would give them to rapists and keep them out of the hands of victims of crime.
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?
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?
What benefits? I would work to restore US sovereignty if I have that opportunity in the future, but that’s not a matter that I would have any say over in the position I’m seeking.
3. Are trade agreements with other nations, i.e., NAFTA, CAFTA, good for U.S. citizens?
Only for some– those who own businesses in other countries.
4. Should the U.S. give foreign aid to other countries?
No. We’re broke. We shouldn’t be giving our money away unless we have a budget surplus. If yes, for what purposes would it be justified? If not all countries, which would you continue to support?
V) Re. State Sovereignty:
1. When does state law take precedent over federal law?
When the action in question is not one of the federal gov.t’s ennumerated powers.
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?
3. Do federal officers have the right to arrest non-military citizens within the individual states for any crimes?
VI) Illegal Immigration:
1. What do you see as the #1 problem with illegal immigration?
Our borders are a joke. We put citizens through a seize just to fly from one part of the U.S. to another and let who knows who walk right in.
2. What actions could we take to stop illegal immigrants from taking advantage of social services?
Just stop giving it to them. It’s not like we don’t know who is getting our money. The local hospital UMC spends $20 million a year on dialysis care for illegals. They know it, the authorities know it, the newspaper knows it, everybody knows it. It’s the same people showing up regularly for ongoing routine care, not emergency care. Everyone knows who they are and that they are illegals. When they show up for services, why not send them home?
VII) Misc. Questions:
1. If you could make one amendment to the U.S. Constitution, what would it be? Just one?
Awww…. well I’d really like to say balanced budget, but if I can only have one… equal rights for women. At last.
2. Would you vote to end government subsidies to private industry?
3. What should our government’s action be against Julian Assange, if any?
Nothing. He’s not a US citizen and is not in the US, and so far just ignoring him seems to be working fine for us.
4. Do you know what Agenda 21/Sustainable Development and the Communitarian agenda is? Do you support it? Why or why not?
I had to look that up on the net. It seems to be a collection of various goals, some more disturbing than others. As with all government programs that purport to be for a lofty goal, it’s really the means that is the problem. If a private developer is enamoured of New Urbanism and wants to build a condo-shopping complex, more profit to him. It’s government force that makes it evil. Take the government out of it, and let people freely choose whether they wish to buy in a sustainable development planned community, and the evil of force and loss of freedom disappears.
Name: Erin Lale
Office You Seek: City Council
District: Ward 3
PRIMARY DATE: Not Set — Henderson City Council will vote on it on Dec. 20 or Jan. 6 meeting.
Email Address: email@example.com
My website: https://sites.google.com/site/erinlalecampaign/home