Your government’s principle role is to protect your freedom and your constitutional rights of Life, Liberty, and Property, all crucial rights for building a free and prosperous society.Libertarians believe that a smaller, efficient government best serves our state and our nation. Libertarians seek to reduce government to a size necessary to efficiently support its constitutional responsibility and get rid of unnecessary programs and agencies. Libertarians support balancing the budgets at all levels of government by cutting expenditures, and not by raising taxes. As government debt and unnecessary spending are eliminated, the generated savings must be returned to the people of Texas in the form of lower taxes.
All persons are entitled to the fruits of their labor. As such, we view taxation as a necessary last resort so that the vital functions of government can continue independent of undue outside influence. Therefore we advocate the reduction of taxation to the lowest feasible level, and the replacement of taxation with user fees where practicable. Taxation, where it does exist, should be uniform and objectively calculated.
We call for the elimination of the income tax. Libertarians consider wages and salaries not to be “income”, as they are an even trade for services rendered, the exercise of a non-taxable natural right. We consider “income” to be only earnings on capital or land, such as rents, interest, dividends, or capital gains. Libertarians oppose any efforts of the Texas Legislature to impose “income” taxes on its citizens, for any purposes.
Freedom of choice and competition in education allows parents more authority and flexibility in deciding where and how to educate their children, according to their moral values. Parents should have control of and responsibility for all funds expended for their children’s education.
The State of Texas should have exclusive control over public schools (schooling), with an emphasis on local education boards in order to achieve greater accountability and parental involvement.
Texas Libertarians support legislation that would prohibit tolls on any highway right of way that was obtained with tax dollars or through the use of eminent domain or condemnation.
Libertarians support the right of private enterprise to construct and operate private toll roads, provided that those private toll roads were established through a free market system and that governing authority remains in the hands of the people of the State of Texas.
Libertarians see most family government welfare programs as unnecessary as they drive out private charity organizations. As such, we generally oppose government charity programs. Most of these programs can be better served by the local/private sector of society in the form of private charity.
The only proper way to ensure that healthcare is affordable to all is to reduce the costs of healthcare, and to eliminate the factors that currently make healthcare so expensive. Libertarians support restoring and reviving a free market based health care system, recognizing the freedom of individuals to determine the level of health insurance they want, the level of health care they want, the care providers they want, the medicines and treatments they will use and all other aspects of their medical care.
Libertarians fully support the Texas Bill of Rights, Art. I. Sec. 26, and expect its full enforcement by appropriate legislation. In that the state prohibits the formation of perpetuities and monopolies in Texas and finds them contrary to the genius of free government, their establishment also discourages competition and free market price controls.
Each person has the right to offer goods and services to others on the free market system, which allocates resources in the most efficient manner. Libertarians oppose government subsidies to business, labor, or any other special interest. The only proper role of government in the economic realm is to protect property rights, adjudicate disputes, and provide a legal framework in which voluntary trade is protected. All efforts by government to redistribute wealth, or to control or manage trade, are improper in a free society. Libertarians seek to divest government of all functions that can be provided by non-governmental organizations or private individuals in a more efficient manner.
American foreign policy should seek an America at peace with the world. Libertarians seek to end the current U.S. government policy of foreign intervention, including military and economic aid.