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Our guest for today’s Important Voices interview is Jake Towne. Jake has traveled the world extensively, and has developed an intense love for individual liberty. His experiences have led him to declare his candidacy for US Congress in Pennsylvania’s 15th district.
Josiah Schmidt: What compelled you to enter elective politics?
Jake Towne: Well, I must say I would not have entered politics without my perspective being widened greatly by my time spent overseas in China which drastically altered my view of American foreign policy. After studying economics, the realization that the country is headed for a currency crisis created by the federal government compelled me to return home and campaign peacefully against the Republocrat career politicians that are ruining our great country.
More info is here: http://towneforcongress.com/jakes-bio/motivation
Josiah Schmidt: What issues are most important to Pennsylvanians?
Jake Towne: Many of those I speak with are most concerned about the endless reckless spending, corporatism and bailouts by Congress, the lack of jobs, and a severe lack of accountability by those in power who should instead be public servants.
My solutions are outlined here:
Josiah Schmidt: What do you offer that your opponents do not?
Jake Towne: Perhaps the most important idea I offer is a novel-yet-simple idea called “Our Open Office.” I offer a chance for each individual to have a public voice in the government, to debate, comment, and criticize on every House floor bill. They can submit new bills, summon me to an “On-Demand” town hall, and read my monthly reports where I will be accountable to them and inform them not only HOW I voted but more importantly WHY I voted.
This idea is described here:
Besides this, I am offering what is most sorely needed in Congress – an independent voice that is not subject to the whims and commands of the Republocrat parties and their special interests. I am a true independent with no party, and do not accept corporate PAC or lobbyist money.
Josiah Schmidt: How did you come to hold such a liberty-oriented philosophy?
Jake Towne: I was fairly apathetic towards politics until I discovered what life is like WITHOUT liberty. Living in communist China where the liberty to speak and think freely, freedom of the press, the right to bear arms are all infringed or nonexistent really places what the special situation we have here in America in stark contrast. Similar to the desperation of an ill person for their health, and the complacency to take one’s health for granted when healthy, often our liberties are taken for granted when instead they need to be cherished and fought for.
Josiah Schmidt: What is the first thing you will do as a US Congressman?
Jake Towne: I suppose it would be a tie between repealing the $1 trillion healthcare tax, removing all funding for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and submitting a bill to repeal the burdensome and unnecessary federal income tax.
Josiah Schmidt: Which area of government spending would you most like to cut?
Jake Towne: The top area to cut is military expenditures, without a doubt. We spend more on our military than the rest of the world combined while neglecting our own borders. This has the highest impact to relieving a lot of the economic turmoil America now faces. Military cuts would precede the slashing of unnecessary and redundant federal departments, like the $100 billion Department of Education, especially as we already have 50 state departments.
Josiah Schmidt: What will you do on the issue of health care?
Jake Towne: The solutions to the healthcare situation are to remove state mandates that dictate 15-40% of premiums in Pennsylvania, destroy insurance portability barriers over state lines, pursue tort reform on the state level, enact federal tax relief legislation, remove state restrictions on licensing and seats in the medical school system, and provide a sound currency to stop price inflation. Congress, via the HMO Act of 1973 and other acts, has created a government-sponsored insurance cartel that does not serve consumers best.
Note that all these solutions call for LESS government intervention, not more. Our health care is simply too important to be left to bureaucrats in Washington, plus it is unconstitutional. Beyond establishing a framework of laws and acts for a competitive free market, running health care is simply not a duty of the federal government, and is best left to individuals and privatized insurance. While the federal government should do it’s best to deliver the promised benefits from the current form of socialized medicine, Medicare, expanding this system is out of the question.
Josiah Schmidt: How would you like to see the War on Terror carried out more effectively?
Jake Towne: I would like to see the War on Terror brought to an end. Addressing the threat of suicide terrorism by the use of occupational, conventional armies has been completely ineffective and extremely costly. To defeat suicide terrorists one must capture the current generation and prevent the next generation from being created from collateral damage and blowback. Our armies in Iraq and Afghanistan are creating more future terrorists and aggression against our country. I favor the use of constitutional letters of marque and reprisal to address the threat by small bands by granting special warrants and bounties for marked terrorists to be brought to justice. This would be extremely cost-effective – or we can choose to let the “War on Terror” grind on for another 9 years — what we are doing is not working.
Josiah Schmidt: Anything else you’d like to say to our readers?
Jake Towne: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” The time to fight for freedom is now as more and more Americans are waking up to the sad truth that the federal government is out of control.
A tyrannical state is quickly developing in America, one of the few rare places in the history of the planet where “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” was not an unattainable dream but instead a mission statement. Support liberty-minded candidates or run for office yourself – it is the only way the “stagnant quo” will ever change.
Josiah Schmidt: Where can people go to find out more about you and contribute to your campaign?
Please visit http://towneforcongress.com
My campaign is also on YouTube and Facebook