The Chamber of Commerce has declined to invite Libertarian Senate candidate Jonathan Dine to the next debate, meaning only Rep. Todd Akin and Sen. Claire McCaskill will appear.
Missouri state law dictates that political parties who—for two consecutive elections—fail to run a candidate or to garner 2% of the statewide vote lose their place on the ballot. Missouri's Libertarians failed to meet that threshold in 2008, but Dine received 3% in 2010, keeping them on the ballot this time around.
Dine didn't make much of a difference in the 2010 debate, and he hardly made a difference in the previous 2012 debate. His only media-worthy contribution was, "I promise to keep the Republicans out of your bedroom and the Democrats out of your wallet," a Libertarian stand-by for at least 25 years. At least that's when I first heard it.
Libertarians are sure to see this as evidence of
the violence inherent in the system two-party control. Yet a Libertarian wouldn't complain about a private institution deciding itself who to invite to a debate, right? Wrong. According to St. Louis Public Radio:
"Debates should be about candidates debating the issues in an un-scripted manner," Dine said. "The people of Missouri deserve to hear all the candidates talk about all the issues so they can make an informed decision."
The taxpayer funded radio station will interview Dine on Friday morning to answer the same questions asked of McCaskill and Akin. We can only assume that, out of principle, he won't listen Thursday night so that his Friday morning answers are un-scripted.
10/17/2012 4:42:13 PM
Answering individual aggression with government aggression will not lead us to the society we desire.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is wrong when it says that Kansas is going to fall of a fiscal cliff with its pro-growth tax reforms, and that Missouri will do the same if it follows the same path.
Randy Georges Sr. moved to the U.S. to obtain a good education; now, he may have to move across town so his kids can have the same opportunity. This is a sad state, especially when alternatives, such as giving families private school options, exist.
Missouri has at least two chances to win the Border War.
The state’s foundation formula for K-12 education is currently underfunded. Some are calling for more spending, but freedom, not money, is the answer to our problem.
Should Missouri and other states accept an offer of “free money” from Uncle Sam to expand the Medicaid program in their states? Instead of acting as enablers of fiscal profligacy, Missouri and other states should say “no.”
Conservatives ought to consider these items before ceding state power to the federal government.
Proposition B might have brought some much-needed funding for education, but voters turned down the measure. The “no” vote may actually turn out to be a blessing in disguise if legislators act on the need to address school funding issues.
Letters regarding Jacob Turk's race for Congress.
Missouri and Kansas have maintained a steady rivalry for decades, but Kansas' latest tax reforms have changed the competitive landscape between the two states — decidedly in Kansas' favor.
The state board of education voted to grant provisional accreditation to the Saint Louis Public School District, which is the correct decision, but this distinction will mean very little to schools or students.
Subsidies to Ballpark Village and other big-city sports complexes are a gift to some of our wealthiest citizens — sports team owners — that provide little or no broader economic benefit.
Strong teachers’ unions in large public school districts with multiple failing schools will do everything possible to maintain their jobs and benefits. If it is to happen, major reform must come from outside the existing system — through increased competition and choice.
Taxpayer-funded lobbying for local government entities likely will not be banned so it is time to create transparency so citizens can see how their money is being spent.
Despite a final judgment in the school transfer case, the issue remains unresolved and neither taxpayers nor students will benefit.