Gordon Bakken – Biographical Profile and Positions on the Issues

Previous Candidate for Representative District 84, Kansas

Libertarian Party of Kansas
4323 E. Douglas Ave.Wichita, KS 67218
(316) 687-9402
Biographical
General (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)

My objective is to promote the Libertarian party's principles - individual freedom, personal responsibility and less government. A vote for Libertarian candidates is not a wasted vote. It tells the government that you want them to play a smaller role in your life. A vote for a Republican or Democrat tells them you want more.

Governments have come to believe that it is their responsibility to solve all of society's problems. As a result, they continually expand by creating new laws, regulations, agencies, and benefits for special interests. Of course, it takes taxes to support this. Government now impedes, not promotes, progress.

The way to improve society, in both personal freedom and economic prosperity, is to reduce the role of government. A vote for Libertarian candidates says this is what you want.

Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)

Raised in Northern Michigan where father was a Pentecostal minister. Moved to Wichita in 1985. Now lives in College Hill. Age 67. Retired.

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)

Worked for 42 years as an aerospace engineer, primarily as a structural analyst of jet and rocket engines. For a short time ran a small construction business.

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)

Member and officer of Mensa.

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)

Have held no elected political office.

Religion (current and past religious affiliations, beliefs)

Raised as Pentecostal. Attended college for one year in preparation for a ministerial career. Currently a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Wichita.

Accomplishments (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)

Maintained a happy marriage for 47 years. Raised three children who are now successful professionals. Obtained patents for two inventions.

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)

Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, with honor.

Military (branch, years of service, active duty experience, highest rank, medals, honors, type and date of discharge)

Studied in the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corp. Did not serve actively.

Reasons & Objectives
Why I Am Running for Public Office

My objective is to promote the Libertarian party's principles of individual freedom, personal responsibility and small government.

Source: Submitted by Gordon Bakken (10/18/2006)

Achievements If Elected

To convince other legislators to pass less than the 219 new laws they passed in 2006. My highest goal would be to convince them to repeal some.

Source: Submitted by Gordon Bakken (10/15/2006)

On Entering Public Service

Public service should be exactly what it is called - a service - rather than a chance for personal benefit. Being retired I would have more time avaliable for legislative issues than some.

Source: Submitted by Gordon Bakken (10/15/2006)

Economy
Stimulating Kansas's Economy

A reduction in government regulations, reporting requirements, and business taxes will do the most to stimulate the Kansas economy.

Source: Submitted by Gordon Bakken (10/15/2006)

Taxes
Kansas Taxes, a General Statement

Reduced taxes are a benefit for everyone. However, the budget must be balanced. Reducing taxes without a related reduction in spending is not responsible.

Source: Submitted by Gordon Bakken (10/15/2006)

Environment
Kansas's Environment, a General Statement

Maintaining clean air and water is important. Water and air belong to all of us. No one has the right to pollute it. However, regulations must be reasonable. Excessive regulations can harm business while doing little for the environment.

Portions of our land should be preserved in their natural state.

Source: Submitted by Gordon Bakken (10/15/2006)

Immigration
Kansas Immigration, a General Statement

Kansas should do whatever is possible to prevent illegal immigration.

Source: Submitted by Gordon Bakken (10/13/2006)

Kansas Social Services to Illegal Immigrants

Provide no social services to illegal immigrants, including driving licenses.

Source: Submitted by Gordon Bakken (10/15/2006)

Local Enforcement of Immigration Laws

Immigration is, by the U. S. Constitution, under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government. However, Kansas should do what it can to make illegal immigration unprofitable. The practicality of levying fines on businesses that hire illegals should be investigated.

Source: Submitted by Gordon Bakken (10/18/2006)

Education
Kansas Education, a General Statement

Education is the most legitimate of welfare programs. Children certainly cannot provide their own education, and an educated population is essential to a prosperous, happy society.

Private schools, funded by the government, would probably do it better.

Source: Submitted by Gordon Bakken (10/15/2006)

No Child Left Behind Act, a General Statement

Not all students will perform well in school. Making an excessive effort to assure that they will, is not realistic, and absorbs attention that should be given to good students.

Source: Submitted by Gordon Bakken (10/15/2006)

Private School Vouchers

Some funding should be provided for private schools. This will give more children that choice, and will eventually reduce the cost to the public school system.

The principal is similar to the building of roads. While funded by the state, private companies actually do the construction. They are more efficient.

Source: Submitted by Gordon Bakken (10/15/2006)

Teaching Evolution and Intelligent Design

It should be taught that either could be true, and that as yet, we are unsure.

Source: Submitted by Gordon Bakken (10/13/2006)

Home Schooling

It should be allowed. Some money, perhaps 25% of the cost of a Public education, should be paid to the family. This would end if the student could not pass an achievement test.

Source: Submitted by Gordon Bakken (10/13/2006)

Welfare
Kansas Welfare, a General Statement

Libertarians have always said welfare tends to attack human dignity, and create dependency.

Now most people agree. Experiments with limited welfare programs have shown that non-handicapped persons find jobs when welfare is not available. Even the Democrats under Bill Clinton finally admitted that. The mass of illegal immigrants, that all find jobs, shows that.

Providing work - even for the handicapped - and requiring work to receive welfare would be an improvement.

Source: Submitted by Gordon Bakken (10/15/2006)

Illegal Drugs
Kansas Illegal Drugs, a General Statement

Although recreational drugs are often harmful, the State should not outlaw them for adults.

Drug laws occupy our police, fill our prisons, make non-harmful individuals criminals, create an environment for organized crime, and lead many drug users to become thieves. Like prohibition, they have good intent, but cause harmful results.

Source: Submitted by Gordon Bakken (10/15/2006)

Guns
Kansas Guns, a General Statement

Private ownership of guns should be allowed. Most surveys have shown that private gun ownership reduces crime. It is also is guaranteed by the constitution.

Source: Submitted by Gordon Bakken (10/15/2006)

Carrying Concealed Pistol

Like gun ownership in general, concealed weapons have been shown to reduce crime. They should be allowed for responsible individuals.

Source: Submitted by Gordon Bakken (10/15/2006)

Gay
Gay Rights, a General Statement

Any group of people, including a homosexual couple, should be free to form any relationship they choose.

Source: Submitted by Gordon Bakken (10/15/2006)

Kansas Gay Marriage

Traditional heterosexual marriage is essential to the survival of society. Gay marriage serves no such purpose, and should not be given the favorable treatment - such as reduced taxes - given to heterosexual marriages.

Source: Submitted by Gordon Bakken (10/16/2006)

Kansas State Constitutional Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment

A constitutional amendment is not necessary.

Source: Submitted by Gordon Bakken (10/15/2006)

Kansas Legislation for Hate Crimes

No crime should be punished differently because of the race, gender, etc. of the people involved.

Source: Submitted by Gordon Bakken (10/15/2006)

Afro Americans
Racial Profiling

The reality is that crimes are not committed equally by all groups. It is wise to look more diligently for criminals within groups that statistically have high crime rates.

Source: Submitted by Gordon Bakken (10/15/2006)

Stem Cell
Kansas Stem Cell Research, a General Statement

Do not restrict stem cell research.

Source: Submitted by Gordon Bakken (10/15/2006)

Religion
Religious Expression in Kansas Public Schools

Religious discussion should be allowed between students even in after school clubs, but kept to a minimum in class.

Source: Submitted by Gordon Bakken (10/15/2006)

Separation of Church and State

The government is prevented by the constitution from regulating religious practice. However, there is no restriction in the constitution on the people trying to influence the government through any organization they wish to use - including religious - nor should there be.

Source: Submitted by Gordon Bakken (10/15/2006)

Evolution vs. Intelligent Design

Teach both, but emphasize that neither one offers unquestionable proof.

Source: Submitted by Gordon Bakken (10/15/2006)

Ordination of Gay Clergy

Selection of clergy should not be a government issue.

Source: Submitted by Gordon Bakken (10/15/2006)

Ordination of Women Clergy

Selection of clergy should not be a government issue.

Source: Submitted by Gordon Bakken (10/15/2006)

Jobs
Kansas Jobs, a General Statement

A healthy economy creates jobs and is best created by minimizing government regulations that handicap businesses.

Source: Submitted by Gordon Bakken (10/15/2006)

Affirmative Action

Minimize special treatment for any group.

Source: Submitted by Gordon Bakken (10/15/2006)

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