Q&A: U.S. Senate Candidate Bob Walsh
- NAME: Bob Walsh
- POLITICAL PARTY: Libertarian
- OCCUPATION: Retired scientist
- CITY OF RESIDENCE: Santa Fe
- RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: American citizen
- EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science in physics, California Institute of Technology; Master of Science in mathematics, San Diego State University; Master of Science in biology, University of New Mexico
- CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: BobsForJobs.com
What is your opinion of justice in policing legislation introduced in Congress recently after protests following George Floyd’s death?
Floyd’s (killers) have been arrested. Their prosecutions show that fixed surveillance cameras, passerby videos, and body cameras are more effective than legislation. Let’s stop using emotionally charged moments to introduce bills with irrelevant appropriations. This is one of those bills ($200M for pattern and practice investigations).
What is your opinion of the use of federal law enforcement officers in operations such as Operation Legend in which additional officers were sent to Albuquerque?
Deployment of federal troops for enforcement of local laws, without local authority, is tyranny. Trained citizens are the appropriate backup for local police.
What is your opinion of the coronavirus response packages passed by Congress and signed by President Trump? Is there anything you would have done differently?
Successful businesses adapt, even to bad edicts. Let obsolete businesses fail, allowing innovative startups. Next, let’s deregulate all industries, encouraging a surge in … innovation. Second, deregulate labor for sole proprietors, encouraging innovation and restoring some individual privacy. (continued below)
What actions to restore the economy, if any, do you feel Congress should take once the outbreak has been contained?
(continued) Third, let’s cancel all tariffs. These taxes, passed on to consumers, are known causes of depressions. Fourth, let’s encourage immigration. Let families with gumption, eager to work and buy nice things, settle in New Mexico (and end inhumane detention).
What is your position regarding climate change? What actions should Congress take, if any, regarding the environment?
Predictions assume future emissions and a global climate model. Modelers disagree about cloud effects, among others. Each predicted climate has both costs and benefits. Let’s stop requiring that worst-case assumptions direct policy. As for the environment, let’s control public lands locally where the motivations for preservation and productivity are greatest.
What is your opinion on energy initiatives that have been introduced both on the federal and state level such as the Green New Deal and the New Mexico Energy Transition Act?
Total physical disorder always increases. In order to produce highly-ordered forms of energy, such as computer chips, we must release vast energy in its most disordered form, waste heat. Eventually this will dominate the greenhouse effect. Warmth is a consequence of progress. Let’s bask in it and adapt to it.
Fracking bans have been introduced in Congress by Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren… Where do you stand on the issue?
Fracking has local consequences, both financial and environmental. Let local communities have the right to balance these considerations. The Constitution did not give Congress authority over local mineral extraction.
What is your position on the leasing of federal land for oil, gas and mineral development? Do you agree with the removal of energy development in a 10-mile radius around Chaco archaeological sites? Are there other areas of the state that should be considered for similar treatment?
Federal lands should be released to the states and to the people. Until then, let’s defer to the preferences of local communities.
What are the most important actions Congress should take regarding people now living illegally in the U.S.? What about for those who want to come in?
Living is not illegal; everyone has a right to life. Healthy families have a right to cross borders peacefully through public thoroughfares. Let’s encourage immigration by removing legal barriers to family migration and residence. Let’s welcome diversity.
Do you believe the borders are secure enough? If not, what do you propose to increase security?
On 9/11 the military thought (erroneously) that the attack was coming across our Eastern border. Only two fighters were available. Let’s shed foreign entanglements. Let’s bring the military home to defend all of our borders from coordinated attacks, while relying on satellite surveillance.
Do you favor a federal ban on the sale of military style semi-automatic rifles? If so, what would you do about the millions of such weapons now legally owned by American citizens? What other, if any, gun law reforms would you support?
The NM Constitution establishes the militia as all able-bodied male citizens 18 to 45. (Let’s extend it to women and seniors.) As our final defense against invaders and tyranny and consistent with our right to privacy, adults have the right to securely keep and safely carry the latest weapons.
Federal spending plays an important role in New Mexico’s economy. What should be done to increase other economic drivers here?
Rather than driving our economy, federal spending stifles initiative and innovation. Let’s respect our right to privacy and liberty. Let’s remove reporting requirements for transactions among individuals. Yes, let’s abolish individual income tax and abolish labor regulations for individual employers.
Congress passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement as a replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement. Are there any other trade initiatives you’d like to see Congress pass if you’re elected?
Let’s unilaterally cancel all tariffs and other restrictions on trade. At best, they are crony capitalism, supporting obsolete corporations. These taxes are passed on to consumers. They are known causes of depressions. Not just goods; let’s allow free movement of labor.
Do you favor or oppose a national single payer health system?
The Constitution reserved authority over health care and insurance to the states and to the people. Let individuals choose insurance, providers, and medicines, including across state lines. Individuals are responsible for the consequences of their choices. Appropriate payers include patients, insurance, and private charities.
Do you favor or oppose limits on late-term abortion, and do you believe tax dollars should or should not be used to fund abortions?
The Constitution reserved authority over health care to the states and to the people. Health care is a private matter, protected from political interference by our right to privacy. Authority over insurance was similarly reserved. All health care should be funded by patients, insurance, or private charities.
What should be done at the federal level to address the crisis of opioid addiction? Any other drugs?
All drug use is a private matter, beyond the Constitutional authority of Congress. Personal liberty brings personal responsibility. Discuss drugs, legal and illegal,with your doctor, but also research them yourself, especially if planning a pregnancy. Secure them away from children. Dispose properly; do not share with an irresponsible person.
Why do you want to be a member of Congress?
It is everyone’s duty to provide alternatives to establishment candidates, alternatives to the military-industrial-Congressional complex, alternatives to foreign and drug wars, alternatives to central planning and control, alternatives to excessive law-and-order, and alternatives to mindless conformity. Let’s defend everyone’s right to pursue happiness, especially our right to personal privacy.
1. Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens?
2. Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding?
3. Have you ever been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of drunken driving, any misdemeanor or any felony in New Mexico or any other state? If so, explain.
Arrested while a 20-year-old for possession of alcohol (unopened). Charge dismissed.