HOUSTON – As a parent and small business owner the upcoming elections have the potential to make a significant impact on my life. Houston CD-18 Democrat incumbent Sheila Jackson Lee is up for reelection and she has to go. Regardless of political affiliation, during her time in office she has made so many embarrassing gaffs that many in Houston feel a need for a change. But on a more personal note, her platform is simply one I cannot get behind due to the negative implications it will have on my life. As a Libertarian, I should probably vote for the Libertarian candidate, Mike Taylor. So why am I instead choosing republican John Faulk?
Sheila Jackson Lee’s political leanings are entirely unacceptable. John Faulk, while he has some issues that I would prefer the government not to be involved in, his platform is surprisingly on par with my Libertarian views. For example, as a parent of school aged children, education is highly important to me. On his website Libertarian Mike Taylor states that he “supports increased localization and privatization of education and education funding, the restoration of local control over public schools, and the end of all federal government interference in education policy.” Republican John Faulk states, “I believe students can be more effectively educated by returning school curriculum prerogatives to the states, local communities, and the local Independent School Districts and, most importantly, to the family.”
Likewise both have similar views on government involvement in parental rights. Mike Taylor states that he “believes that family is defined by the individuals in a relationship and feel families should be free from government intrusion and interference.” Likewise, John Faulk states, “I oppose any legislation that will interfere in the child-parent relationship through unreasonable government intrusion.”
I work hard and my small business is growing. With incumbent Sheila Jackson Lee this means that I will work very hard to scrape by but my neighbor who chooses not to toil as much as I will benefit from my labor. I object to that. Vehemently. While I am not opposed to taxes and government programs, the current system needs to be revamped.
Republican John Faulk states, “Sheila Jackson Lee [is] discouraging private business investment, and it is private business investment that creates all real, self-sustaining jobs.” He continues with, “The corporate income tax, the capital gains tax, and the death tax…must be cut or eliminated. Because they reduce economic growth and employment, they are economically and financially counterproductive. The truth is that both the country and the Federal government would be better off financially if these taxes were repealed and replaced with nothing.”
Libertarian Mike Taylor states, “that all persons are entitled to keep the fruits of their labor. He seeks to reduce government spending to an absolute minimum, reduce taxes to match, and explore means of funding non-essential government functions without taxation.”
Both the Libertarian and Republican candidates’ views on issues that would most affect me are similar. So as a Libertarian why am I voting Republican? To be blunt, Mike Taylor has zero chance of winning. His campaign, if you can even call it that, is virtually nil. Libertarian candidates do not have the campaign finances to be noticed. In previous elections I would still vote Libertarian but the long reaching affects of the status quo are dire. If I cannot do my part to elect a candidate who mirrors my political beliefs I will get behind the one who is close enough. John Faulk is a candidate I can get behind.
Faulk, Standing up for Houston, “Stance on the Issues.” FaulkForCongress.org
Mike Taylor (L) For U.S. Congress Texas District 18, “Mike Taylor’s Platform for U.S. Representative.” MikeTaylor18.com