The positions presented below reflect Thomas Jefferson’s view that “The best government is the one that governs least.” Within the borders of Maryland, a Gaztañaga/McNeil administration will work to reduce the size of our state government until it reflects the intent of the Founders of our Republic, as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America.
For as long as many of us have been alive, our government has been progressively making more and more of the decisions that our ancestors took for granted were up to them to make: how to help a neighbor in need, how to provide for your children and for your retirement, and a host of others. Having the government take over all these functions comes at a high cost. The human cost is reduced accountability and a massive increase in dependence on government that hurts individuals and communities. Collectively, we paid $8.2 billion in state income taxes last year, and $4.5 billion in sales and use taxes. As these involuntary contributions filter down through layers of administrators, accountants, contractors, etc., how much do we ultimately see in the form of the services they are supposed to provide? What if you were allowed to keep the money you now pay the State of Maryland in income and sales taxes? Would you use it to provide for your basic needs, educate your children, ensure a secure future for yourself and your family, and contribute to your favorite charity? Or would you blow it in transient amusements and purchases you can’t afford? I believe that, given that chance, most of you would act responsibly.
I trust you to do the right thing – for your family, your neighbors and your state.
For each issue, I present “the problem” and “what I will do.” Note that I do not presume to offer solutions that will eliminate a problem once and for all. Although a Maryland governor has greater powers than the governors of most other states, those powers still have their limits. This I do pledge: What I can do I will do.
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