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Ken Matesz: Eliminating Income Tax

Ken Matesz Only Candidate to Release Detailed Balanced Budget

September 13, 2010 2pm – Ohio Statehouse

Remarks by Ken Matesz, Libertarian Candidate for Governor

Tomorrow, the Republican and Democrat candidates for Governor will have a televised debate.  Ohioans will witness another vapid display of partisan politics and will hear few real solutions to daunting Ohio issues, including Greece-like budget woes.

But today, I offer Ohio real solutions and a commitment to making tough choices that will lead us back to prosperity, greater freedom, and much smaller state government.  Today, you will hear a common citizen running for office and speaking the truth.

According to a recent Columbus Dispatch poll, 97% of Ohioans want a detailed budget proposal from the candidates for Governor.  Today Ohio’s wish is fulfilled.

Each member of the media present today will be given a line-item budget proposal for the State of Ohio for the upcoming biennium.  This proposal will also be posted on the Ohio Libertarian Party website at WWW.LPO.ORG.

Thomas Jefferson said, “A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government. “

Today, I offer to Ohio Jefferson’s form of a good, wise, and frugal government.  Today, as the Libertarian candidate for Governor of Ohio, I present a concise plan to eliminate Ohio state income tax, drastically improve schools, and balance the budget.

Some are estimating a budget deficit of $8 billion.  It could be less.  It could be more.  But whether it is $4 billion, $8billion, or $10 billion, you don’t balance the budget by turning the Department of Development into a non-profit agency.

Republicans and Democrats got us into this mess, but they don’t know how to get us out of it except by raising taxes or fees or by borrowing from our grandchildren.

Neither of my high-dollar, special-interest supported opponents is prepared to make the tough choices that will position Ohio to become the freest, most business friendly, most family friendly, and most productive state in the union.

After decades of Republicans and Democrats Ohio is ranked seventh highest in the nation in terms of individual tax burden.

Ohio is ranked 47th in the nation in terms of business tax friendliness.

The Republican gubernatorial candidate paraded around with the Indiana governor, Mitch Daniels, for awhile and gushed over how great Indiana is doing under that Republican administration.

Really?  Since when is double-digit unemployment acceptable just because it’s under a Republican governor?

He too has no idea what to do except to make empty promises.

Let me be blunt:

The truth is a Governor cannot create private sector jobs.

Big government does not add to the prosperity of a state- it consumes it.

As Ohio’s next Governor, my primary mission will not be to “create jobs” or to promise tax cuts 10 years from now… it is simply to get the government out of the way.

That’s right.  The cure to Ohio’s ills is to get government out of the way.

Here are some highlights of our plan to restore liberty, prosperity, and health to the State of Ohio.

I propose an immediate effort to repeal the state income tax – not one or two or ten years – immediately.  If you want economic growth, the surest way to get it is to make sure people have more money in their wallets.

John Kasich once said that- when first running he promised he would eliminate the income tax … but he’s already broken that promise.  I guarantee to every Ohioan that should they select me as their next Governor I will not only introduce a budget with zero income tax, but I will veto any bill passed by the General Assembly that fails to do so.   Should I ever renege on this guarantee I will resign immediately.

But the only way to eliminate income tax is to eliminate an equal amount of government spending.   So in order to make sure Ohioans keep their hard-earned money, we must eliminate runaway government spending.  I vow to cut the state budget by no less than 40% and eliminate the policy of issuing state debts immediately.

When your credit card is maxed out, the solution is not to spend more, it is to spend less.  My opponents fail to grasp this simple concept - to cut spending, you have to cut programs.  No other candidate has a concrete proposal to solve the deficit and both act defiantly when asked to produce one.

Achieving a balanced budget will take several measures.

-First - eliminate no less than twenty unnecessary state agencies.

-Second – Currently, public employees on average earn 26% more than their private sector counterparts.  Under my administration, State employees will have their pay and benefits cut and frozen for 10 years, or until the median private sector income is higher than the state employees’ median income.

-Third- I will refocus the state to only its constitutional responsibilities.  Government is not an efficient provider of services to the people.  The state will remove itself as much as possible from extraneous programs and projects immediately and let the private sector take its natural role.

Which brings me to my final major budget proposal:  Choice in Education.

Every day, people choose products and services that they prefer in a market of choices.  I propose to bring that same power of choice to education.  Every Ohio classroom will be funded with $100,000 for every 25 students.  In other words, each student carries $4,000 into the classroom.

Beginning with my administration, schools either perform well under these conditions, or the parents will find a school that will.  This budget proposal will be accompanied by proposed legislation to release the monopoly hold the state has on teacher certification and school accreditation.  From that point on, schools succeed when the parents and teachers are happy with the results, not based on bureaucratic, top-down government control.

It is my pledge to my fellow Ohioans that I will live up to Thomas Jefferson’s definition of a wise and frugal government.  To that end I plan and pledge to leave all citizens “free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement.”  Mr. Strickland has done nothing to lessen the burden of government on Ohioans and Mr. Kasich’s past record is one of infringing on basic freedoms like the right to bear arms – earning him an “F” from the NRA.  Neither man can be trusted with our most basic rights.  I am committed to the rule of law and constitutional government and the natural rights of all people and will never infringe on any of them.

We don’t need a few more decades of Republicrat policies – the same ones that got us to where we are today.  There really is no difference between the policies of Kasich and Strickland.  Both are big government spenders who continue to offer no real solutions.

It’s time to stop pretending a Republican or a Democrat will make any difference.  It’s time to vote on principle – the principles of Thomas Jefferson; the principles of a wise and frugal government that leaves everyone with more freedom, smaller government, and lower taxes.

It’s time to vote Libertarian.

Last Updated (Friday, 01 October 2010 10:42)


Are You Awake Yet?

By Ken Matesz

“Congress shall make no law . . .abridging . . .the freedom of the press.”           (US Constitution Amendment 1)

In case you haven’t heard by now, I was not invited to participate in two scheduled televised Ohio gubernatorial debates later this fall.  The media are generally careful in how they present the announced debates.  For example, The Blade News Service says, “The two major-party candidates for governor of Ohio have agreed to two televised debates.” Of course, they have accurately reported that the debate only involves two parties, but they never – and I mean never – mention that there are, indeed, other candidates, let alone mention our names.

An injustice, you say?  How can they exclude the other candidates; this is America!  We need our news services reporting the whole story, right?  We need debates with ALL the candidates, right?

Last Updated (Friday, 06 August 2010 18:49)

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Going Cold Turkey

Going Cold Turkey

By Ken Matesz

“House Republicans are leading the drive for smaller, more accountable government and better solutions to the challenges facing our nation.”

-Website of the Office of the Republican Leader (John Boehner) from Ohio’s 8th District 

As the November election closes in, activists, some newly inspired, some enduring ones, are chomping at the bit to get to the polls and “get the liberals out.”  This is a phrase I have heard or seen in one form or another dozens of time in the last year.  I know that I have gotten numerous mailings from Republican Congressman John Boehner’s office decrying President Obama and the presumed march toward socialism he has initiated.

An incredible surge of interest has occurred learning about the founding principles of our nation as well as the founding documents - the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.  People who thought this was boring stuff when they were in school have now found it inspiring, rejuvenating and empowering to really know what this country is supposed to be all about.  They have come to realize that, indeed, this country was built upon a foundation of limited constitutional government, free markets, and liberty.

Last Updated (Friday, 06 August 2010 18:47)

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A New Concept: You Get What You Elect

As a “third-party candidate,” I get to hear this one phrase so many times I practically hear it in my sleep: “A vote for a third party is a vote for the ___________________(insert party name).”

Funny thing about this is that my third party had no hand in the current economic mess. Libertarian policies did not produce the Federal Reserve Bank that slashed interest rates making the housing bubble possible.  Libertarian philosophy or policies did not encourage banks to lend to those who can’t really pay back their mortgages.  Libertarian philosophy would NEVER have bailed out Wall Street or car companies the way Republicans and Democrats did.  Libertarian philosophy and policies do not allow spending to exceed revenues.  Libertarian policies are always 100% anti-tax to the highest degree possible.  Libertarian policies did not drive the deficit to nearly $2 Trillion and the national debt to nearly $14 trillion.  Libertarian policies would not allow a congress to regularly increase the debt ceiling as both Republicans and Democrats have done for decades.

Last Updated (Friday, 06 August 2010 18:46)

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Electing The Next Statist

Electing the Next Statist

July 15, 2010 by Ken Matesz


Many supporters of my campaign are aware that I teach classes about the US Constitution. In fact, my first public announcement of my candidacy for Governor of Ohio occurred at the very end of one of my classes last winter. A month or so later at a tea party gathering where I briefly spoke, one of my students came to me and said, “I really appreciate your class and everything you are doing, but I will not be voting for you. I have to cast a vote for the Republican candidate. We can’t let the Democrats stay in office.”

This makes me wonder about the value of the tea party groups. If their only goal is to prevent Democrats from being elected, then why all the education? Why bother with learning the Constitution? Why bother circulating petitions for health-care amendments? Why bother calling and writing to congressmen and senators? Why bother learning more about free-market economics? Why study the founders and our founding principles? If the solution lies in electing Republicans, then there is no more you need to know. Just show up and vote Republican and all will be well.

Last Updated (Friday, 06 August 2010 18:43)

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