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.
Raised in Northern Michigan where father was a Pentecostal minister. Moved to Wichita in 1985. Now lives in College Hill. Age 67. Retired.
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.
Member and officer of Mensa.
Have held no elected political office.
Raised as Pentecostal. Attended college for one year in preparation for a ministerial career. Currently a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Wichita.
Maintained a happy marriage for 47 years. Raised three children who are now successful professionals. Obtained patents for two inventions.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, with honor.
Studied in the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corp. Did not serve actively.
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)
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)
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.
A reduction in government regulations, reporting requirements, and business taxes will do the most to stimulate the Kansas economy.
Reduced taxes are a benefit for everyone. However, the budget must be balanced. Reducing taxes without a related reduction in spending is not responsible.
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.
Kansas should do whatever is possible to prevent illegal immigration.
Source: Submitted by Gordon Bakken (10/13/2006)
Provide no social services to illegal immigrants, including driving licenses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It should be taught that either could be true, and that as yet, we are unsure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Like gun ownership in general, concealed weapons have been shown to reduce crime. They should be allowed for responsible individuals.
Any group of people, including a homosexual couple, should be free to form any relationship they choose.
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)
A constitutional amendment is not necessary.
No crime should be punished differently because of the race, gender, etc. of the people involved.
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.
Do not restrict stem cell research.
Religious discussion should be allowed between students even in after school clubs, but kept to a minimum in class.
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.
Teach both, but emphasize that neither one offers unquestionable proof.
Selection of clergy should not be a government issue.
A healthy economy creates jobs and is best created by minimizing government regulations that handicap businesses.
Minimize special treatment for any group.