Richard Boddie for U.S. Senate


To "get the economy moving" (it always moves!) I would commit to fight
the cost, size, influence, and power of government (or the people
calling themselves "government", whose only unique quality is the use
of force). I will seek to dismantle the "unholy trinity" of taxation,
regulation, and licensing as we know it today.

Taxation is so high it has crippled California. Working citizens
(those who can and are) are the poor of today. Former poor people are
now the destitute, as a result of the policies of the "Bipartisan
Party" over the past 81 years, and none were members of the
Libertarian Party.

It takes 50% of gross income of the average American to pay all taxes.
This greatly reduces each person's purchasing power. Less purchasing
power has weakened the economy, while business taxation (which the
consumer pays for) and mandated expenditures inhibit hiring and the
creation of jobs by the private sector (the only place where jobs
_can_ be created). I categorically oppose any tax increase. I strongly
favor tax reductions along with government waste and spending. I
advocate the privatization of all government services, with the
government acting as the broker of the contracts and watch dog for the
citizen consumers. I advocate the elimination of personal income tax
and social security tax for the first $25,000 of personal income, and
eventually both completely. I would like to be the Senator who took
action toward the complete dismantling of the most oppressive federal
agency in America: the Internal Revenue Service (now that's Orwellian
double-speak at it's best -- "service"!). Note: personal income tax
collected by the "service" only provides about 33% of federal
government income.


Government waste is legendary. The Grace commission on government
waste has been ignored. It should be dusted off and implemented. Much
government financing has been done through debt, to the point that the
federal government now owes over 4 trillion dollars -- a mind boggling
figure. Interest on the debt is now greater than the entire military
budget. The debt must be retired. Additional debt must not be allowed.
The _first_ step is to balance the federal budget. The _second_ step
is to stop government borrowing for ANY expenditures. _Third_ is
cutting government waste. _Fourth_ is reducing government spending. I
will vote against any measures which are not in line with these four


Government tries to do too much and does it badly. We have far too
many federal agencies, and they are too large. We subsidize numerous
businesses and private groups, often at cross purposes -- for example,
we subsidize tobacco farmers _and_ anti-smoking advertising. These
subsidies are the fuel that support over 100,000 lobbyists in
Washington, and make political corruption profitable. It is time to
cut off or phase out _all_ subsidies. It is time to eliminate most
federal agencies, and to privatize others. It is time to freeze
federal hiring, freeze federal salaries at current levels, and allow
attrition to reduce the number of federal workers. I strongly favor a
30% cut in the salaries of U.S. Senators and Congressmen.


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