Friday, November 1, 2013

Sarvis is not a Libertarian: National Review

Sarvis a Libertarian? Nope | National Review Online - Charles C.W. Cooke:

October 31, 2013 - "I can only imagine ... that the better-informed voters in Virginia have been somewhat perplexed by Robert Sarvis.... In a recent Reason interview, Sarvis explained that he was 'not into the whole Austrian type, strongly libertarian economics,' preferring 'more mainstream economics' instead. The candidate expanded on this during an oddly defensive interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, in which he ... told Todd, he would be hesitant to cut taxes, unsure as to how he might 'reduce spending,' and open to indulging the largest piece of federal social policy since 1965 by expanding Virginia’s Medicaid program....

"Looking through his platform, one is left with the impression that what Sarvis really means to say is that he is a social liberal. He is in favor of gay marriage, is (radically) pro-choice, and supports the legalization of marijuana. In this regard, he stands in stark contrast to the Republican candidate, Ken Cuccinelli....

"Cuccinelli has an A rating from the National Rifle Association; he has promised to cut the state’s income-tax rate by a stunning '15 percent for individuals and 33 percent for corporations'; he was against expanding the death penalty when the state GOP wished to make it part of their platform; he fought hard against the smoking ban; he has been a strong and active foe of Obamacare from the start; and he staunchly opposes the Medicaid expansion that further expands the power of the federal government. For these positions, he has been endorsed by both Ron and Rand Paul."

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