Marketliberal Campaign Program

Introduction

The MarketLiberal Campaign Program includes policies chosen by these criteria:

Liberty Amendment

Require the federal government to eliminate in 3 years 1) all activities not expressly authorized by the Constitution and 2) all taxes on personal incomes, estates, and gifts. (Repealing the income tax has been advocated by Browne in 1996 and 2000, Badnarik in 2004, and Kubby and Paul in 2008. Strict Constitutional constructionism has been advocated by Browne in 1996 and 2000, Badnarik in 2004, and Paul in 2008. Nine states have already passed the Liberty Amendment. David Nolan and Harry Browne both worked for the Liberty Amendment Committee before Nolan founded the LP.)

Truth in Governance

Campaign Finance Freedom

Replace all campaign finance rules with prompt Internet disclosure of contributions. (Advocated by the Cato Policy Handbook.)

NOTA

Require NOTA as a choice in every race, even if the office is deemed too important to go unfilled if NOTA wins.

Healthcare

Interstate Competition

Allow interstate competition in health insurance. (Advocated by the Cato Policy Handbook.)

Equity for the Self-Employed

Make all healthcare spending tax deductible. (Advocated by the LP Program, LPCA Program, Cato Policy Handbook, Badnarik in 2004, and Phillies in 2008.)

Medicinal Liberty

Make FDA approval voluntary. (Advocated by the LP Program, Cato Policy Handbook, LPCA Program, Browne in 1996 and 2000, Badnarik in 2004, Paul in 2008.)

Retirement Security

Voluntary Social Security

Give those who choose to opt out of Social Security a Treasury bond with a present value equal to all their past payroll deductions and employer contributions plus inflation and real interest minus the present value of all SS benefits received so far. (Similar to policies advocated by Browne in 1996 and 2000, and Cato Policy Handbook.)

Education

Privatize Education Via Tax Credits

Give dollar-for-dollar tax credits for all spending on the education of dependent or impoverished children. (Advocated by the LP Program, Paul 2008, Phillies 2008)

Crime

Decriminalize Marijuana

Decriminalize marijuana use and production by adults. (Advocated the by the LP Program, Cato Policy Handbook, Browne in 1996 and 2000, Badnarik 2004, Paul 2008, Kubby 2008, Phillies 2008)

Smart Prison Use

Enable stricter sentences for violent criminals by paroling any prisoner never convicted of any crime against actual victims.

Civil Liberties

Marriage Equality

Require states to respect each other's laws regarding marriage and civil unions.

Freedom of Conscience for Jurors

Inform jurors of their right to acquit any violator of a law the jurors consider unjust.

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