I'm Bill Redpath, Libertarian Party nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives in Virginia's Tenth District for 2014. My platform combines conservative stances on economic issues and generally liberal positions on social issues. My core philosophy: people should be able to live their own lives as they choose, without interference, as long as they do not harm other people or their property. To that end, my campaign calls for reduced government spending, lower taxes and real respect for civil liberties. That is the philosophy behind the positions I take on the issues of this election.
Economic freedom is the United States is in decline. In 2000, the US ranked second (behind Hong Kong) in the Economic Freedom of the World Report. In the 2013 report, the US ranked 17th in economic freedom among nations. This decline happened on the watch of both a Republican and a Democratic president, and Republican and Democratic congresses. There is a direct and causal link between economic freedom and prosperity. It is time to enact new policies in Washington that will reverse this trend that is already adversely affecting our economy and eroding our personal and political freedoms. Economic freedom is the underpinning of all our freedoms.
The longer we go without decisively and deeply cutting federal spending, the closer this nation goes toward economic ruin. I think hundreds of billions of dollars of spending should be cut from the federal budget immediately. On the Issues page of this website, I name specific spending reductions that should be instituted now.
I also call for reforming the tax code with a simplified, flat tax; reforming the Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid systems with Libertarian alternatives; replacing Obamacare with a more consumer-driven health care system; promptly withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan; ending our subsidization of the defense of our wealthy allies; and ending federal prosecution of citizens for nonviolent, consensual crimes.
Thank you for coming to my website. I hope you find it informative. And, I ask for your vote on Tuesday, November 4.