You can read more details about Mr. Hollist’s ideas on his website.
THANKS FOR LISTENING TO ME
I’ll try not to waste your time. Instead of being a candidate, I prefer to vote for someone–in fact–my wife and I have a ten-year-old who likes to play baseball and I much prefer running around with them than running for office. But unfortunately, I disagree with those on the ballot. I think it is wrong to take money from people.
There is a small group who thinks it’s all right to rob people: Criminals. And this is the reason government was invented–to hunt these people down and put them in jail. Surprisingly, there is another group who feels this same way: Non-Libertarian candidates. Now these people believe they’re special–if they do all the hard work to get elected, they feel they are entitled to do special things. And they even have a special name for what they do: Tax. Well, they’re not that special and what they do is just as wrong even though it’s been done for thousands of years. But we don’t put these people in jail–we just vote for someone better. So, I thought the only alternative was to be on the ballot myself.
Admittedly we do have an obvious problem since taxation is wrong: What’s right? The answer is CONTRACT INSURANCE–an idea that I learned several years ago. Let me give you an example: Bill Gates is the wealthiest person in the world. He is an American businessman who signs billion-dollar contracts. And if anything goes wrong–if people don’t follow through with what they had promised–his attorneys just present the contract to our government, and the courts adjudicate it. While most people respect these judgements, if necessary, the police are sent out and might have to shoot people if they become threatening in order to get what is due Mr. Gates.
This is a very valuable service that is provided by our government, but there is one thing that is wrong: It’s free. I don’t understand–how can something of such great value be free? Well, you guessed it. I propose that we charge people one percent of the value of their contracts to insure them against any breach. Now in this example, one percent would be ten million dollars that would be voluntarily paid into the United States Treasury, and this is just one man and this is just one of his contracts, so you can see that with all the contracts that are signed each day, this would raise hundreds of billions of dollars each year–more than enough money to effectively run our government.
Now it’s insurance–no one has to buy it, but if something goes wrong with his contracts and he didn’t have insurance, Mr. Gates would have a big problem. If he went out and forcibly tried to take what he felt he deserved, the police would stop him for attempting to take something he didn’t legally own. If he went to the government, he would be told that he should have bought insurance, and he probably would the next time. You can see the great incentive.
I know it’s painful to listen to insurance salesmen so I’ll shut up, but essentially that is what I am–a contract insurance salesman, and I’m applying for a job. I’m asking you to hire me; if you vote for me, I will do my best to persuade the majority of voters to buy contract insurance. Thanks for your consideration.
These are the introductory remarks that I plan to make in the presidential debate at our national convention in 2004 and every four years after that or until I find someone who gets my vote. After making similar statements at our state convention debate, I was politely booed by some and I appreciate this opportunity to elaborate using this newer technology of the written word.
At our regional meeting, a fellow Libertarian said that I had frightened the delegates with all this talk about shooting people. This may seem harsh but people’s lives depend on the money they invest in business deals and without this system of compliance, few if any of the modern conveniences that we enjoy could have been created. I’m not proposing to change the current system, just charge for its use.
Thanks to the growing number of Libertarian candidates and voters, we are assembling our 269-member team (218 in the House, 50 Senators and the President) to abolish taxes, which has great emotional appeal, and incorporate contract insurance, which has great intellectual appeal. Feeling you are right plus knowing you are right makes doing what is right a lot of fun. Let’s go to Washington and have some fun.