Disclaimer: The following interview is the sole opinion of the interviewee and does not reflect Ohio Stranger nor the interviewer.
During the Campaign for the 2010 Elections, AlvarezGalloso has decided to interview candidates who have not received publicity but deserve to be heard in order for the people to make a decision. Alex Snitker is running for the US Senate Seat from Florida on the Libertarian Party Ticket. The following was conducted via E Mail.
1. What was the reason you decided to run for the Senate?
I no longer believe that the politicians are listening to the people. Americans are looking for a man of the people, a person who will stand up and fight for the liberty of every citizen. They want a candidate who will return this country to the principals of our founders. My campaign is what the majority of the people are looking for.
2. What can Alexander Snitker and the Libertarian Party offer to the people of the Florida that the Republicans and Democrats cannot or will not offer?
I will be a candidate who will answer to the people, a candidate who will return the power in this country back to the American people. I am the only candidate who is running on the issues to deal with The Federal Reserve. I am the only candidate that is an advocate for the Fair Tax. I will return this country to a non interventionist foreign policy in line with the founder’s beliefs.
3. You have talked about the Fair Tax in your blog. What is the concept of the Fair Tax and what does it mean for everyday people in Florida ?
It means you get to keep your whole paycheck. Americans will not pay taxes below the poverty level. April 15th will just be another day. Business will begin to hire more employees. Companies will expand and open new locations. This will lower unemployment and start to return the control to the people and away from the politicians.
4. There have been discussions about reducing the Federal Budget. What would you do in the Senate in order to reduce a Federal Budget that has grown to monstrous proportions?
Any spending bill would require 120% cut from the budget. We will consolidate and cut any redundant Federal program. Spending will be frozen until we have a balanced budget. We will begin withdrawing of our troops in non combat areas within 12-24 months and in combat areas in 24-48 months. We will look at every dime that is being spent looking for fraud waste and abuse in the system and eliminate it.
5. The issue of term limits has been discussed in various tea party meetings. What is the reason behind term limits and how can they be applied?
This is a major problem in Washington . Our founders never envisioned that people would want to stay in Washington for 20,30,40+ years. Elected officials should have to come back to the private sector and deal with the laws that they pass. I also think that one of the reasons the Federal Government is so large and powerful is that some elected officials stay there for so long they forget that Government is not a business. There should not be career politicians. Go and serve the public and leave.
We need to have citizen-legislators in office. These people will focus on the job at hand and not worry about constantly running for reelection. Elected officials will try to do more when they are in office and not hold off on legislation until the next election. This will open up the process to more Americans to show what they have to offer. Term Limits are another systemic problem in Washington and the reason the whole system is broken.
6. The discussions in the streets have been about how America has spread itself too thin in the world. What can America do to help America first?
The process of bringing our troops home from around the world will begin. We will also end foreign aid except for immediate disaster relief. We need to make sure every American is free from the need of the federal government. We need to make it a national focus. Only with a strong and free America will the world prosper.
7. What is the 10th Amendment Pledge?
As a public office holder, or a candidate for public office, I affirm that:
1. All just political authority is derived from the People, and government may only be established and maintained with their consent.
2. The People of each State have the sole and exclusive right and power to govern themselves in all areas not delegated to their government.
3. A government without limits is a tyranny.
4. The Tenth Amendment defines the total scope of federal power as being that which has been delegated by the people to the federal government in the Constitution, and also that which is necessary and proper to advancing those powers specifically enumerated in the Constitution of the United States. The rest is to be handled by the state governments, or by the people themselves, as they determine.
5. In order for a federally-exercised power to be “necessary and proper” it must be a) something that, without which, would make the enumerated power impossible to exercise, and b) a lesser power than that which has been enumerated.
6. The “Interstate Commerce Clause” in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, does not permit Congress to regulate matters that merely affect commerce among the States. It only permits Congress to regulate trade among the States.
7. The phrase, “general Welfare,” in Article I, Section 8 does not authorize Congress to enact any laws it claims are in the “general Welfare” of the United States . The phrase sets forth the requirement that all laws passed by Congress in Pursuance of the enumerated powers of the Constitution shall also be in the general Welfare of the United States . This was affirmed by James Madison when he wrote: “With respect to the words “general welfare,” I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.”
8. The federal government is not authorized to tax the People to raise monies for unconstitutional purposes. Likewise, the federal government is not authorized to condition funding to State or local governments on compliance with mandates which require them to do what the federal government is not authorized to do directly.
9. When Congress enacts laws and regulations that are not made in Pursuance of the powers enumerated in the Constitution, the People are not bound to obey them.
10. When the federal government exceeds its Constitutional authority, a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy. Without that remedy, the People would be living in a tyranny, under the unlawful and excessive control of one or more branches of the federal government. The 10
As a public office holder, or a candidate for public office, I promise that, as long as I hold office:
1. My votes will always be in favor of the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this State. Every issue. Every time. No exceptions. No excuses.
2. I do, and will continue to, oppose any and all efforts by the federal government to act beyond its Constitutional authority
3. I will proactively introduce and support measures designed to adhere to the Tenth Amendment and preserve, to their fullest extent, the powers of the People in my district, and of the legislators and administrations of my State.
4. I will introduce, sponsor and support a resolution affirming the sovereignty of the People of each State under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
5. I will introduce, sponsor, and support legislation that seeks to repeal laws and regulations that are outside the scope of the powers delegated by the people to the federal government.
6. I will introduce, sponsor and support legislation that provides such relief as is necessary and proper to provide fair redress to the citizens of my State in response to actions by the federal government which exceeds its Constitutional authority.
7. Whenever I vote in favor of a new federal power, I will always make public my justification for it within the confines of the enumerated powers of the Constitution.
8. I will only vote in favor of a bill that I have thoroughly read, considered and understood.
9. I will be accountable to voters. Upon request, I will make public every vote I cast while in office.
10. I will keep this pledge public, and will provide a link on my website which directs constituents to the text of this pledge.
8. What would be the Energy Policy proposed by Mr. Snitker and the Libertarian Party?
I view energy independence as a severe national security risk. America has to become energy independent as soon as possible we need renewable to expand our economy in the long run. I also understand that we will not eliminate the need for oil but we can drastically reduce the amount of oil we use.
I think we look at the power grid the wrong way in this country. We need to look at the relationship between the homeowner or building owner and the grid. How can we get homeowner and building owner to start generating more power than they need? Renewable Energy. Different areas in this country can produce different types of renewable energy. Structure this plan so that the homeowner or building owner will eventually be able to make money selling energy back to the grid if they will reduce the amount of energy that they use. Spend the money up front to enable Americans to become small power plant owners.
Solar power will work in many areas. In other areas we need to try anything and everything to produce electricity in a similar way to solar. Americans needs to manufacture and perfect this technology ahead of the rest of the world. If we can do this we will be able to manufacture this technology in the United States and export it to the world. If you can generate your own energy then you would want a car that ran on the energy that you were able to make at home.
We also need to use all the energy available in America . Expand offshore drilling, nuclear, natural gas and anything Americans can come up with. Renewable energy will not be able to make us independent alone and we need the tax revenues of these sources.
I want America to set a date to be energy independent. This needs to be a national priority. There has to be cooperation between government, business and the people with an overall goal to eventually remove the government involvement.
9. What can Mr. Snitker and the Libertarian Party do to promote Education Reform taking into account the state of public schools?
My views on education is that the only way schools will become better is to give every parent the power to hold the individual schools accountable to teach up to the level that parents should expect. The best way to accomplish this is with some kind of school voucher program. Give every parent a voucher so they can choose where they will send their children and their money. The good schools will flourish and the bad schools will get better or be shut down. This will also create an industry of smaller less expensive private schools. I also do not care where parents want to send their children as long as it will provide an education up to some set of standards.
As a new father, I also place more responsibility on every parent that is out there. It is our job to be more involved in the education of our children. Parents need to understand that if your child cannot read then place the blame on yourself and the government school they are going to. Parents need to get involved in their child’s education. Every parent needs to volunteer at the school their child attends in some form or another. The Government will not fix this problem with more money. It will get fixed by all parents selecting the best place for their children and their money to go. I also think that there is waste in some spending within the school systems. Competition will get rid of the wasteful and redundant spending of the individual school systems because they will have to compete with the private sector.
10. How will you deal with immigration [legal and illegal]?
The very first thing we need to do is to make illegal immigrants pay taxes. The FairTax will make sure that happens. Americans will get the benefit of the prebate from the Fair Tax but all people in this country should have to pay taxes. We need to enforce the immigration laws on the books and punish companies who hire illegal immigrants. Next thing is to secure the border. This is a major national security issue. We need to know everyone coming into this country. I do not fear illegal immigrants coming here for a better life but we cannot allow an open border.
Next we need to identify all the illegal immigrants and either give them a path to citizenship or deport them. We can not deport every illegal immigrant in this country but those that are criminals need to go. Illegal immigrants need to go through a process to even earn an opportunity to become an American citizen. This will include background checks, medical screening, and classes in the rules, rights and responsibilities of each and every American citizen. Becoming an American citizen should not be guaranteed or given but earned.
America is still a beacon of hope Hundreds of thousands of petitions for immigration are received every month by the US Customs and Immigration Service. This demand is indeed a simple measure of how great America is. America is a magnet to the best and brightest around the world. These highly skilled and productive future Americans are a new infusion of blood, keeping the heart of our nation beating strong. We are a revolutionary nation of immigrants, and we derive our greatness from it