It seems that libertarian voices are being heard in Dallas. Our local paper, the DMN, has printed at least eight libertarian letters in the last week.they even ran Wes Benedict’s letter first on the page.
Libertarians are worthy
Re: “Going one-on-one in a free-for-all,” Friday news story.
It appears an editor called in reporter Wayne Slater, told him to do a story on the Texas governor’s race and instructed him not to mention the Libertarian candidate, James Werner.
Is it possible that the thousands of Dallas-Fort Worth residents who will vote Libertarian are deemed not worthy to read about their candidate?
Surely a political writer for your paper knows that Libertarians have had a candidate for governor on every Texas ballot since 1990. If he is paying attention, he also will notice that Texas Libertarians are doing better than ever.
Wes Benedict, exec. director, Libertarian Party of Texas, Austin
And it is not just our state director writing to the News. Debby Barton delivers a very libertarian response to a letter writer’s desire to happily pay taxes.
Re: “I’ll happily pay to play,” by Amanda Stanton, Monday Letters.
When I bemoan excessive taxation, it’s not meanness or greed but on practical and moral grounds.
Practically, anything undertaken with tax money can be achieved more quickly, cheaply and efficiently by the private sector. Morally, each individual has the right to decide what is to be done with the fruits of his labor.
Taxation that funds redistribution of the wealth is an immoral breach of individual rights.
And, yes, the government does owe us. It owes us protection of these individual rights.
Ben Crawford, from my county, writes:
Raising the minimum wage does not help minimum-wage earners; in fact, it hurts them, because when minimum wage goes up, so does the cost of goods.
Example: When a factory employee’s minimum wage goes up, not only does the factory have to pay the worker more but, since other suppliers to the factory also had to pay their minimum-wage workers more, the cost of the product goes up more than the increased wage the worker received.
However, if you strive to make more than minimum wage, an increase in cost of goods, while frustrating, is not life altering.
Minimum-wage jobs should be a temporary stop on one’s career path, not a permanent destination.
It seems that our message is out there and that people identify with it. We just need to let them know that there is a political party that will work to make that message a reality.
I don’t know Mr. Crawford from any county meetings. I guess I have to look him up and let him know that he is not alone. I’ll let you know how it goes.