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Alex Snitker For Florida Senate/Libertarian


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Alex Snitker on the issues for Senate of Florida
Candidates personal background

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Alex Snitker For Florida Senate/Libertarian

  1. 1. THE HIGHLANDS TEA PARTY Sebring, Florida
  2. 2. Alex Snitker for US Senate FL Party Affiliation Libertarian
  4. 4. About Alex Snitker <ul><li>Alexander Snitker is running as a Libertarian candidate for the United States Senate in 2010 for the State of Florida. He is married to his high school sweetheart Kelly since 2000, and together they have a 21 month old son. </li></ul><ul><li>He served for 8 yrs in the Marine Corps. This provided him with leadership training, ability to deal with pressure, endurance, a sense of pride in this country, as well as the ability to look at a situation and develop a solution. </li></ul>
  5. 5. About Alex Snitker <ul><li>Like most of you I have watched politics lately and realized that there are few politicians that are listening to the people. I was calling their offices to find out how they stood on the Fair Tax. These officials will not directly answer this question… This is not an acceptable answer for me. I need to get straight forward answers to my questions. </li></ul><ul><li>I now realize that this will never happen because this system is broken. </li></ul><ul><li>But the great thing about this country is that everyone in elected office can be replaced within 6 yrs. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Second Amendment <ul><li>A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” </li></ul><ul><li>This is the founders version of homeland security. This amendment was written in order to ensure a tyrannical federal government could not completely enslave the population. The founders were not necessarily concerned with hunting or home defense. They viewed the people’s right to bear arms as the last check and balance against tyranny. </li></ul><ul><li>The Second Amendment is as relevant today as it was in 1789. </li></ul>
  7. 7. 10th Amendment Pledge <ul><li>The 10th Amendment Pledge is a Service of the Tenth Amendment Center http:// As a candidate for public office and potential public office holder, I promise that, as long as I hold office: </li></ul><ul><li>My votes will always be in favor of the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this State. Every issue. Every time. </li></ul>
  8. 8. 10th Amendment Pledge <ul><li>I do, and will continue to, oppose any and all efforts by the federal government to act beyond its Constitutional authority. </li></ul><ul><li>I will only vote in favor of a bill that I have thoroughly read, considered and understood. </li></ul><ul><li>I will be accountable to voters. Upon request, I will make public every vote I cast while in office. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Balanced Budget <ul><li>Will fight to ensure that any future offshore drilling does not negatively impact Florida’s beaches </li></ul><ul><li>Believes that energy independence is essential to America’s economic vitality </li></ul><ul><li>Believes it is a bit ridiculous that foreign countries can drill for oil a few miles off Florida’s shores while, our citizens are getting hammered by high gasoline prices. </li></ul><ul><li>Supports expansion of nuclear power, use of alternative fuels and off-shore drilling </li></ul>
  10. 10. Balanced Budget <ul><li>We can no longer afford to pass the spending we do onto our children and grandchildren. </li></ul><ul><li>We need an amendment to the Constitution that states the federal government cannot have a budget with a deficit. </li></ul><ul><li>Simply put, a balanced budget amendment would limit the spending of the federal government to be equal or less than the revenue it collects each year. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Balanced Budget <ul><li>There would be an allowance whereby Congress could spend more in times of war, severe recession, or other emergency if 60% of both houses of Congress approved. We need an amendment to the Constitution that states the federal government cannot have a budget with a deficit. </li></ul><ul><li>Forty-nine of the fifty states’ constitutions require a balanced budget, and we should demand the same from our federal government. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Education <ul><li>Education, like health, is near the top of the priority list for every family and individual. </li></ul><ul><li>As a U.S. Senator, I will move to abolish the inefficient Department of Education and other unconstitutional federal measures regarding education. </li></ul><ul><li>The issue of education is best handled at the state and local levels and has shown to increase the quality of education. </li></ul><ul><li>I will vote against any further legislation that will take the power away from families’ right to choose the education that best suits them. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Energy <ul><li>I believe that all energy ideas (nuclear, wind, solar, Ethanol) should be on the table, and the market will decide what is best for any given situation. A proven record of lowering health care costs while improving quality </li></ul><ul><li>I also believe that we should strive to generate all of our energy domestically. I view this as a national security issue. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Energy <ul><li>While offshore drilling for oil can be dangerous and disastrous, I am in favor of it, with the following caveats: </li></ul><ul><li>Responsible parties will be 100% responsible for any damages they cause. There can be no financial cap on damages of any kind. </li></ul><ul><li>Companies would be required to carry insurance to cover any potential damages . </li></ul>
  15. 15. Energy <ul><li>These insurance companies, acting in their own best interest, would hire third-party companies with expertise in drilling safety to minimize the potential for accident or disaster. </li></ul><ul><li>These insurance companies would, in effect, be the regulators of the drilling industry, and one can surmise, will do a better job than the federal government in that regard. </li></ul>
  16. 16. On Cap and Trade and carbon tax schemes <ul><li>What more than a potential source of revenue for a spendthrift government is ‘carbon tax’? </li></ul><ul><li>Unfortunately, one of the characteristics of taxation is that it always gets passed on to the end user. </li></ul><ul><li>I oppose any carbon tax scheme, especially those on energy production. </li></ul>
  17. 17. On Cap and Trade and carbon tax schemes <ul><li>While I haven’t yet seen any overwhelming evidence supporting or refuting anthropogenic global warming, it is certain that governments should not, and can not do anything to curb this alleged ‘man-made climate change’. </li></ul><ul><li>I’m certain that market based solutions will be, as they usually are, the best for everyone. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Federal Statistics <ul><li>The government loves to throw out statistics to show you how they are doing to try to convince you that everything is ok. I think these are not the correct figures that we should be looking at. </li></ul><ul><li>The following is a list of the statistics that I believe we should be looking at. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Federal Statistics <ul><li>Number of Americans on Government Assistance: </li></ul><ul><li>We need this number to show how many Americans are not able to survive without the government stepping in. Politicians should work to get this number as low as possible with the understanding that it will never get to 0%. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Federal Statistics <ul><li>2 . Unemployment : </li></ul><ul><li>This number needs to show how many Americans need a full time job. If someone has given up looking for a job they should not be taken off. If someone has a part time job because that is all they can find then that person should be counted as well. This number needs to accurately reflect the unemployment rate. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Federal Statistics <ul><li>3 . Federal Government Tax Percentage: </li></ul><ul><li>After the FairTax is implemented we need to focus on lowering the percentage as soon as possible. Politicians should tell you what they are going to do lower it without trying to raise it somewhere else. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Federal Statistics <ul><li>4 . Federal Debt : </li></ul><ul><li>We need to put this number in the forefront of the American people. We need politicians who will focus on not just to eliminate this number but to get us back to having a surplus. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Foreign Policy <ul><li>For far too many years our foreign policy has been to police the world. That needs to come to a swift end. We have too many problems in our own country to have some of the best and brightest Americans overseas building up other countries. </li></ul><ul><li>Bring all the troops home. </li></ul><ul><li>The best way to promote liberty is to show them from our actions here in America. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Foreign Policy <ul><li>There also needs to be a moratorium on most of the foreign aid the government allows. </li></ul><ul><li>We need the federal government to fix this country and to eliminate our debt before we try to fix anyone else . </li></ul>
  25. 25. Illegal Immigration <ul><li>It is far too easy to enter this country illegally, and far too difficult to follow the proper channels, consisting of a wait of several years and a cost of thousands of dollars. </li></ul><ul><li>The solution is to close the borders and enforce current law at the border. </li></ul><ul><li>We need to remove the incentive for illegal immigration by removing sources of employment, namely by enforcing laws on corporations that hire undocumented workers. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Illegal Immigration <ul><li>The fines should be significant enough to increase the risk for employers to the point where ineligible workers will not be hired. </li></ul><ul><li>I advocate for an easier immigration policy, which allows greater numbers annually, with lower cost, and less proverbial hoops to jump through . </li></ul><ul><li>For those who still enter this country illegally, the FairTax will be in place. All people, including immigrants, would pay a national sales tax. </li></ul>
  27. 27. Term Limits <ul><li>All Senators and Congressmen need to have term limits. </li></ul><ul><li>Elected officials should have to come back to the private sector and deal with the laws that they pass. </li></ul><ul><li>There should not be career politicians </li></ul><ul><li>Retirement Pay, This is another benefit that must go. </li></ul><ul><li>I do not think that politics should be a career . </li></ul>
  28. 28. Term Limits <ul><li>These elected officials need to go back to the private sector and make a living there. </li></ul><ul><li>leadership must come from us, the citizens. Now! </li></ul><ul><li>Polls show that Americans want congressional term limitation by margins of three-to-one, even four-to-one. </li></ul><ul><li>There is no substitute for term limitation. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Taxation <ul><li>I believe the most important issue I need to address is taxes. I have looked over The Fair Tax and I think this would be the best thing we could do. We should not have a tax system that is so difficult to understand. It should be simple, fair and easy to understand. </li></ul><ul><li>The FairTax proposal is a comprehensive plan to replace federal income and payroll taxes, including personal, gift, estate, capital gains, alternative minimum, Social Security/Medicare, self-employment, and corporate taxes. </li></ul>
  30. 30. NO SPIN DISCLAIMER <ul><li>There has been no “SPIN” put on this information by the creator or any member of the Tea Party. </li></ul><ul><li>All information is obtained from the web site “ON THE ISSUES” at and from the Candidates own web sites. </li></ul>