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Monday, February 18, 2008

Third Party Becoming First Solution for More Hoosiers

Sean Shepard Receives Double-Digit Support in WRTV On-Line Poll

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Libertarian candidate, Sean Shepard, the most pro-family, pro-taxpayer candidate in the March 11 special election, is being noticed by voters. At look at the online poll on www.theIndyChannel.com, the website for Indianapolis' ABC affiliate WRTV, shows Shepard with double-digit support. While certainly not a true scientific poll, this was a welcome and surprising result out-of-the-gate for the previously little known local political activist and entrepreneur.

"We discovered the on-line poll and found that we were polling solidly in double-digits and continued to do so all day," Shepard said. "This is proof that there is great dissatisfaction with the same kinds of politicians from the two old parties. With Congress' approval rating at less than 20%, the people are serious about REAL change, not just different faces wearing the same label."
The Shepard campaign believes that with so many usual Democrats disaffected by the results of the primary and with Social Conservatives voicing strong opposition to the Republican challenger, the people will come together to send the first Libertarian to Congress. Combine this with the lack of straight party balloting on March 11, Indianapolis has a chance to put the rest of the country on notice that people from Indiana can and will take the lead in changing Washington.

Sean Shepard is a life long resident of Indianapolis and local businessman. He is married with two children who attend private Christian school. Mr. Shepard has been active in local politics for several years, has worked with Americans for Fair Taxation and helped organize and coordinate several of the local property tax protests in 2007. Mr. Shepard's policy approaches support affordable healthcare, lower taxes, protection of civil liberties, border security, school choice and a strong national defense.

The Libertarian Party is the third largest political party in the United States, and is the only non-major party with ballot access in the state of Indiana. Libertarians believe in being SERVED by a small non-intrusive government that is financially responsible, administratively competent and socially tolerant.


Anonymous said...

Where does Sean stand on gay rights? Will he promote federal legislation to protect gays and fight HIV/AIDS?

I only ask because pro family usually means that he has more in common with Eric Miller than with protecting all citizens in America.

Sean Shepard said...

I'll answer those, even at the risk of people disagreeing with me.

Everybody has individual rights and we need to quit grouping people together (by government policy, not by voluntary association) and assigning "group rights" ... We all have the same rights.

I oppose the Federal involvement in any definition of "marriage" that would either provide for or restrict government benefits to anybody. We need to amend various programs, to the extent they must continue to exist, to allow for contract law and/or an alternate designated individual to be acknowledged as representing spousal interests.

Most of the programs (Social Security being a great example) that have benefits for spouses need to be phased out over time once the obligations to current enrollees are met. We need to get government out of the marriage business.

The Federal government should not be doling out benefits or restrictions based on marital status.

I believe that Marriage is religious institution not a state institution despite the state having a history of recognizing it. Marriage is between two people and their God, not two people and the state.

The Federal government should also not be involved in "picking winners and losers" when it comes to funding for any disease, ailment or affliction. This is just more for politicians to fight with each other or claim "gotcha" over.

I have some questions about HIV/AIDS funding specifically and have arranged some meetings to become better acquainted with issues in this area.

I would not oppose adoption rights to same-sex couples as the statistics show that children are better off in two-parent homes regardless of gender than they are as wards of the state or in single-parent homes.

I would look to find ways to fund endowments with a combination of public and private funds to replace in perpetuity and privatize things like the Ryan White Act so that it came out of the Federal budget [$2.1 billion per year if memory serves or approximately $20 per household of annual tax burden]

Ultimately, none of this stuff matters if the usual politicians we keep electing bankrupt our country or we're forced to sell it off to outside interests.

- Citibank interest sold in crisis situation to Abu Dhabi Fund in November
- Morgan Stanley same situation only to a Chinese investment fund
- 10% of our national debt treasuries are now held by Communist China and we're still bleeding money to fight a war we should have started overseas [Iraq])
- Continued devaluation of our currency (Canadian Money now worth more than U.S. Money for first time since 1976)
- Mexico's inflation rate now lower than the United State's

Protect everyone's rights, equal for all but let's not let our country go bankrupt while everyone stands around arguing about it.

I am always open to discussion on any of these topics. As mentioned previously, I am actively working on these very topics to ensure we have the best understanding possible.