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Bill Slantz
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Missouri, District 2
PartyLibertarian
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Campaign website
Bill Slantz is a 2014 Libertarian candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of Missouri.

He was defeated in the 2013 special election for Missouri's 8th Congressional District as well as in the the 8th District's 2012 general election.[1][2] He was also a candidate in the special election on November 8, 2011, for the Missouri House of Representatives, District 15. The special election was called to fill the vacancy created when Sally Faith (R) resigned to become Mayor of St. Charles.[3] Slantz was also a Libertarian candidate for District 15 in 2010.

Biography

Slantz is the owner and founder of the W.G. Slantz Company, a radio and television consulting firm specializing in music performance rights. He has lived in St. Charles County since 1997, when he re-located his company to Missouri from New York City.[4]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

On his campaign website, Slantz listed twenty-four issues. They are:

Border Security

The United States, like all sovereign nations, has an absolute right to secure its borders and forbid any foreign national to secretly enter or remain in this country. We should not tolerate anyone refusing to obey our laws regarding proper entry into this county. Border security, however, should not be confused with the related but separate issue of legal immigration, my position on which can also be found on here.

Business and Economy Except for courts to sort out the protection of lives and property, governments should keep their hands out of business. Voluntary economic exchange is the only way; government intervention is not justified. Further, government interference in business on behalf of some citizens at the expense of others is inherently unjust.

Consumer Protection In principle, federal safety regulation can and should be abolished in favor of market institutions analogous to Underwriters Laboratory certification. I say restrict the FDA oversight to safety, leaving efficacy up to the marketplace.

Criminal Justice In a free society, crimes would be limited to aggression against persons and property, including fraud. So-called "victimless crime" laws are incompatible with liberty. Drug laws today are among the most destructive, counter-productive and anti-freedom laws on the books.

Drugs Those who wish wisely or foolishly to use drugs should be free to do so and those who wish to keep drug use off their property should similarly be free to do so. In this regard, the choice to use or not use is should be left up to wisdom in experience, moral ethical, and scientific.

Education In an increasingly competitive global marketplace, it has never been more important to educate our citizens. Unfortunately, even as education spending has soared, further burdening an already overtaxed populace, our education results continue to disappoint and lag behind those of other countries. To reverse this dangerous trend, we need to liberate our educators from the entrenched governmental bureaucracy that has held back progress for far too long.

Elections and Politics If the federal and state governments were limited to its few legitimate constitutional functions, politicians would not be able to bestow favors to special interests. Without just election processes, some politicians abuse their power and strip citizens of their inherent rights and liberties.

Environment and Energy There should be a free market in energy without government subsidies or excessive regulation. If energy production causes demonstrable harm the producers should be subject to civil penalties.

Foreign Policy and National Security Foreign intervention should only occur when a case can be made that the legitimate defensive and security interests of the United States are directly involved.

Freedom of Religion Freedom of religion must be total and unqualified in the private sector. Government should not in any way discriminate in its own policies in terms of religion, and it should also get out of areas like education where it only creates needless religious controversies

Freedom of Speech There should be no restrictions on free speech so long as it does not cause material or physical harm to others.

Gun Rights The private ownership and use of firearms or other weapons in a non-invasive way is fully legitimate. Government regulation, licensing, and registration of guns should be abolished.

Healthcare There should be a true free market in healthcare without government restrictions or excessive limitations. Consumers should be able to buy health insurance across state lines, without joining a group, and in a market not distorted by government incentives or subsidies.

Immigration I believe in open immigration for all who enter peacefully, do not pose a threat and seek to contribute to our society. I oppose any form of welfare benefits to those who entered the country illegally.

Infrastructure I am a strong believer that one of the government’s primary roles is to promote and support a robust infrastructure. Tax dollars can be appropriately spent on power projects, roadways and highways, telecommunications, water systems and many more of the “big ticket” grand projects that benefit us all.

Marriage and Family The government should play no role in marriage. Consenting adults should be allowed to enter into a contract of civil union protected by contract law. If some wish to have “gay marriage” and others do not, each should be free to adopt the rules they consider appropriate so long as property rights are respected.

Medicare and Medicaid Medicare and Medicaid, if needed at all, should be privatized. However, allowing local communities to build a support system to directly meet these needs is a better solution.

Military The military should be strong and state-of-the-art. It should be adequate to constantly defend against all enemies. All military duty should be voluntary. There should be no military draft.

Minimum Wage and Workers' Rights Wages should be set by the market. Workers should have the right to join, or not join, a union they choose without being subject to coercion of any kind. There should be no minimum wage.

Monetary Policy Monetary policy should be determined by Congress and the issuance of money should be strictly regulated with direct congressional oversight. There is no role for a Federal Reserve. A system of private clearing houses and deposit insurance offers the finest protection and competition for safety against ruinous depressions and inflation.

National Security Protecting our personal security and defending the nation against aggression and catastrophic incidents is a legitimate constitutional power and the burden of government at all levels.

Privacy The government should not engage in tracking or surveillance of citizens without a legal warrant. The Patriot Act should be repealed.

Pro-Life I am personally opposed to abortion and I would fight against any government funding of abortions.

Social Security Social Security should be phased out entirely. Retirement should be a personal responsibility, not an opportunity for governmental intrusion into private matters.

Taxes The income tax should be eliminated. The alternative would be national, state and local sales taxes. This change will include mechanisms that will protect lower income families from an excessively burdensome level of taxation.

Trade and Globalization Unilateral free trade is the best and simplest policy. Free trade, migration, and association are fully legitimate so long as property rights are protected in the process.[5]

—Bill Slantz' campaign site, [6]

2011

On his 2011 campaign site, Slantz discussed his decision to run:

The voice of reason has been silent in all levels of government for far too long. I have always believed strongly in public service, but I thought my talents were best spent by running my business and creating jobs. After watching everything I cherish being compromised by big government mismanagement, I can no longer remain on the sidelines. Because I know that I can help solve rather than compound our current problems, I feel it’s my duty as a proud Missourian to do my part and represent my neighbors in Jefferson City. This country was founded on the premise that our liberty is secured by limiting the size, scope and intrusiveness of government. Small step by small step we have wandered off that path until we can now look back and realize that we have lost our way. I am convinced that both Democrats and Republicans cannot and will not make the fundamental changes we need because they have far too much to gain by maintaining the status quo.[5]

—Bill Slantz' campaign site, [7]

Elections

2014

See also: Missouri's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Slantz is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Missouri's 2nd District. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2013

See also: Missouri's 8th Congressional District special election, 2013

Slantz was selected by the Missouri Libertarian party to be their nominee in the 2013 special election for the U.S. House, representing Missouri's 8th District. The election was held to replace Jo Ann Emerson. The general election date was June 4th.[8]

There was no primary election, instead each party's nomination was chosen by a committee.[9] Slantz was defeated in the general election for Missouri's 8th Congressional District.[10][11]

U.S. House, Missouri District 8 Special General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJason T. Smith 67.1% 42,141
     Democratic Steve Hodges 27.4% 17,207
     Libertarian Bill Slantz 1.5% 968
     Constitution Doug Enyart 3.6% 2,265
     Write-in Robert George 0.1% 75
     Write-in Thomas W. Brown 0.1% 85
     Write-in Wayne Byington 0% 25
     Write-in Theo Brown Sr. 0% 0
Total Votes 62,766
Source: Missouri Division of Elections "2013 Special Election Results"

2012

See also: Missouri's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Slantz was defeated by Republican Ann Wagner.[12] Slantz ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Missouri's 2nd District. Slantz ran as the Libertarian candidate.

Politico listed the 2nd District race as one of the top five primaries in the list 5 primaries to watch in 2012.[13]

U.S. House, Missouri District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Glenn Koenen 37.1% 146,272
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAnn Wagner 60.1% 236,971
     Libertarian Bill Slantz 2.3% 9,193
     Constitution Anatol Zorikova 0.5% 2,012
Total Votes 394,448
Source: Missouri Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2011

See also: State legislative special elections, 2011

Slantz was defeated by Chrissy Sommer (R) in the November 8 special election. Paul Woody (D) also ran. Summer won by a 38 vote margin.[14][15]

2010

See also: Missouri House of Representatives elections, 2010

Slantz's opponents in the November 2 general election were incumbent Sally Faith and Paul Woody.

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