A Closer Look at Brent Sanders Libertarian Candidate in the 5th Congressional District
A couple of days ago I did a profile of the 5th Congressional District Race in Louisiana. This District is represented by Republican Congressman Rodney Alexander. After , I did that the profile of the race the Libertarian hopeful contacted me and we had a very nice discussion via email. Even though as a Republican I support Rodney Alexander, I think it is proper to give Mr Sanders some exposure. As I told him there are areas of this district that are in a hell of a mess , and I welcome any new ideas. The following is his Press release.
Brent Sanders of Alexandria, qualified yesterday and formally announced his candidacy for 5th District Congressional Representative. Sanders is a Libertarian who graduated Holy Savior Menard High School and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Louisiana College.
He said he will work to reduce the size of the federal government by voting against pork barrel projects and working to reform or shut down programs which do not work. He says he is not willing to make promises just to receive a vote.
"I want to go to Washington to work for the people of the 5th Congressional District and working to cut pork barrel projects will help us all," Sanders said.
Another issue Sanders said is important is Social Security. Sanders said the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are responsible for the Social Security System being in such a mess. “The Democrats and Republicans should have fixed the system years ago when it was first pointed out that there was a problem and not pass the problem on to future generations.”
Sanders said as a Libertarian he would work to initially shore up the system so it can meet the growing demand the baby-boomers will be placing on the system and so the federal government can meet its obligations to all citizens. He added, “In the long term, I would like to see the system move toward privatization so the public can invest there hard earned dollar but first we have to meet our obligations.”
When questioned about the War in Iraq Sanders said, “While the main population now opposes the war, people shouldn’t forget the Democratic and Republican Leaders in Washington almost all voted unanimously to go to war. It truly is the Republican and Democratic Parties who have gotten us into this mess.” Sanders added although he would like to see an immediate withdrawal of troops he realizes this would be difficult.
In the long term Sanders would like to see a 2 year timeline put in place. He said, “Our goal was to remove Saddam Hussein, his corrupt leadership, and eliminate any weapons of mass destruction. While no weapons of mass destruction were found, our mission has essentially been accomplished.” He added, “ Our country should not engage in nation building and that is exactly what we are doing in Iraq. We have stabilized the new Iraqi Government as best we can and now it is time to let the Iraqi people determine the outcome of their future.”
On gas and oil Sanders said it is past time for our government to stop subsidies to the oil companies. He said he can see no reason why the federal government should continue to subsidize these oil companies while they continue to net major profits at the cost of the consumer.
Sanders said by removing oil subsidies it would create a fairer market place in which alternative energy could freely develop as the market demands.
Sanders feels illegal immigration and the burden it places on our country is extreme. He said he would like to see existing laws enforced. He feels immigration should be allowed but illegal immigration should be prevented.
He pointed out immigrants have always had a role to play in our country. While he opposes using military to patrol our borders with Mexico for illegal immigrants he is not opposed to increasing the size and training of our Border Patrol.
In regard to tax dollars and illegal immigrants Sanders said, “Our school systems should not be required to educate people who are here illegally. Our hospitals should not be required to provide services, other than emergencies, to illegal immigrants at the expense of tax payers. This charity to illegals needs to stop now before it completely drains our resources”
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