7/8/2014 – My Candidates Statement as submitted for the November General Election Voters’ Pamphlet
Occupational Background: Stock market investor, real estate investor, landlord, motel owner-operator, US navy.
Educational Background: Portland Community College, Portland State University studying math, physics, Japanese language. (no
degrees). informal study: economics, Spanish language
Prior Governmental Experience: (None) One of the principal plaintiffs in Largent v. Klickitat County, 2000 WL 896411
(Wash.App.Div., July 6, 2000)
Our country’s greatest asset is us – the citizenry. We will continue to be our country’s greatest asset so long as we keep ourselves
free, prosperous, and principled. We can not tolerate politicians who bail-out Wall Street, create tax code for political advantage, or
use the IRS to harrass opponents, or use promises of -jobs- to buy votes, or collaborate with crony capitalists to pass laws which
protect them from legitimate liability, or trick us into wars which enrich financiers and weapons manufacturers….. all at our expense.
We all want to leave this world better for the next generation: no wars, less debt, less pollution, less fear, less imprisonment; and
more wealth, security, liberty, freedom, and opportunity to pursue happiness.
To these ends our politicians have tried wars and a centrally-controlled incentive-based economy. It has been a failure which is
manifested in our exploding debt and deficit. One would think they might audit the FED, or give the Free Market a chance to
establish real interest rates and real prices which would signal how production, savings, and debt should be allocated. Instead they
have doubled down with more of the same.
Centrally controlled interest rates and the corporate-state-agenda have perverted our economy. The consequences will engulf our
good citizenry and some will lose their principles in the ensuing chaos.
We must audit the FED and dismiss all corrupt or misguided politicians.
I understand that our Constitution enumerates powers for the federal government and reserves the rest for local governments. With
this understanding I ask for your consent. I ask for your vote.
by Mike Montchalin www.montchalin.com
April 2014 Candidate’s Statement for the Libertarian Primary
Mike Montchalin, Libertarian
Occupational background: Monolithic Dome construction, stock investment, landlord, motel operator, always self employed.
Educational background: Portland Community College, Portland State University: Math, Physics, Chemistry, History – no degrees. Home Study: economic history, Austrian economics, risk.
Prior government experience: US Navy, taxpayer.
I am a mainstream Libertarian and adhere to our mainstream Libertarian beliefs. We are principled and would rather be principled in defeat than unprincipled in a victory. And yes, thanks to our principles we have had squabbles. That is how we sort things out. We are stronger for it.
Pundits have described our party’s founding as “socially liberal” plus “fiscally conservative” as though a platypus is just what America needed. The fact is, our party was founded with the realization that prosperity demands free markets, private property, self ownership, free association, and that our souls yearn for the same things that lead to prosperity. So when pundits analyze us as though this is an electoral game of strategy where each party cuts it close to the center, they miss our point. We are principled and don’t cut it close to the center.
A year ago we ratified our new bylaws with 96% voting ‘yes’ to define a Party Member as anyone registering to vote as a Libertarian. We defied the trend that other parties suffer of becoming top-down. We are bottom-up. And membership is free.
This year’s primary ballot is as important as last year’s because we can vote on the initiatives. The results will define our future.
All is not well. For a century Democrats and Republicans have burdened our economy with economic ignorance, inflation, exponential debt and wars. For economic reasons alone, these people should be dismissed. And that is not even considering their assault on liberty.
Whether I win or lose this nomination, please contact me so that we can share in our local Libertarian efforts.