RI Free Radio: How did you become a Libertarian?
Mr. Kerbel: I first knew about the Libertarian Party in 1980, which was my first election that I was legal to vote. I picked Ed Clark, so I suppose that I have been a Libertarian all my adult life, since I never have been a member of any other political party. As the years went by, and I saw not only the political environment in our nation, but the attacks from government against our personal liberties and small business, it only solidified my Libertarian views.
RI Free Radio: Are there any Libertarian principles you are particularly interested in?
Mr. Kerbel: While the LP platform as a whole makes a great deal of sense to me, the principle of self ownership is the one that strikes me the most. Our nation was conceived in Liberty, and to attempt to legislate others with regard to the personal choices that they make is a gross violation of the first amendment in many cases. We are born with the freedom to live our chosen lives in peace, and we need to fight w! ith all our might the actions of those who want to take away this freedom.
RI Free Radio: Do you have plans to grow and/or improve the Libertarian Party?
Mr. Kerbel: I absolutely do plan to grow the party. As a candidate for President of the United States, I have already brought in many people to the movement. I also recently accepted the position as Chair of the Libertarian Party of El Paso County Colorado, so my intent is to grow the Liberty movement at all levels.
RI Free Radio: Are there any "pet" issues that you are particularly interested in?
Mr. Kerbel: My pet issues revolve around individual liberty and its connection to peace in our world. Governments take away liberties. Governments desire and fight wars. The more that government is removed from the personal lives of the people, the better lives we will all live and the less enemies we create.
RI Free Radio: What can be done to improve the current economic situation?
Mr. Kerbel: In my opinion, government regulation, excessive lawsuits, and high tax rates have harmed our economy significantly. If regulation were reduced or eliminated, it would allow small business to compete and thrive. If there was! a punishment for bringing fraudulent lawsuits, there would be less lawsuits and therefore a more productive economy with more beneficial risk taking. If personal and corporate income tax were removed and replaced with a less punitive system with far lower expenses to pay, the economy would be flooded with capital and the economic situation of many more people would be very strong. Government is the drain to our economic system and needs to be reduced to levels promulgated by the constitution.
RI Free Radio: What is your thoughts on monetary policy? Should be Fed be abolished?
Mr. Kerbel: The Fed needs to be abolished due to the inherent corruption within it. Profit taking from hundreds of millions of Americans for the benefit of a few investors is not only wrong, the institution enslaves us all with an ever increasing debt and the ultimate control over our interest rates and hence housing prices, access to capital, and the complete battering of any semblance of a free market.
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