Congressional Issues 2010
- end any required discrimination against those in recovery required
of insurance and health care providers
- end the "war on drugs" and emphasize treatment and
alternatives to prison
- repeal laws which prevent people who have "paid their debt to
society" from contributing to their families and communities in
a positive way
- Everyone agrees that drug and alcohol addiction is a serious
problem. Not everyone agrees on how to solve the problem.
- My campaign motto is "Liberty
- "Liberty" means people should not be coerced or
forced by threats of violence to refrain from using alcohol or
drugs, nor forced to take any specific action toward those
recovering from addictions;
- "Under God" means we all have a duty to our
Creator and to those created in His Image:
- • We have a duty to be productive, to serve others, and not to
retreat from the responsibilities of life into drugs and alcohol;
- • We have a duty to help those who
have fallen, to strengthen those who are weak, to bear one
another's burdens, and to help the families of those who have been
abandoned by those who are delinquent in their duties.
As I have described elsewhere, I spent
the better part of a decade working with those in recovery. Together
with a couple of friends, I rented a large house, my friends and I
took a couple of rooms upstairs, and we allowed homeless addicts to
get a fresh start using the remaining rooms. Nearly a thousand people
spent at least one night in our home. Although I myself have never
been intoxicated, I believe the "12 steps" of the
various "anonymous" groups can be followed by everyone. A
house of hospitality for those in recovery is just one way of living
out the "12th
step." I have hundreds of books on recovery in my personal
Nevertheless, as a Libertarian, I oppose the use of government
force to compel anyone to follow a course of recovery, or to compel
Jones to fund Smith's recovery. Our house of hospitality never took
any government funds. Compassion must come from the heart, not the
barrel of a government gun.
I strongly oppose the so-called "War on
Drugs," which is creating far more serious social problems
than it even hopes to solve, and is making the problems it was
designed to solve even worse.
The Missouri Recovery Network
poses the following questions to political candidates:
|1) Untreated addiction is
the cause of other problems and illnesses like heart disease,
lower work productivity, overcrowded jails and broken families.
Yet millions of Americans can’t access the treatment and
recovery services they need.
If elected, will you support an increase in funding to
ensure that treatment and recovery services are available to all
who need them?
I completely agree with the premise, but not the
I oppose coercive, confiscatory government
taxation to fund compassion and service.
I encourage everyone to remember that what they do to "the
least of these" they do to Christ, and to have a "Christ
room" or some place in their home or life for someone in
I believe personal, face-to-face compassion is better than
"giving at the office."
2) Many in long-term
recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, myself
included, have experienced insurance discrimination, which means
we have been denied life-saving treatments.
Will you vote for a bill to end insurance discrimination by
offering the same coverage – parity – for
addiction services as for other health issues?
I completely agree with the premise, but not the
- I do not support government-coerced action on the part of
insurance companies. Some "addiction services" are a
waste of money. Insurance companies need to find those services
that are genuinely valuable, and become motivated from the heart
to provide coverage for them. It should be easy to show
insurance companies that effectively treating addiction will
prevent many other health problems that will have to be covered
later on. This is a task for persuasion,
not government force. George Washington is reported
to have said,
- Government is not reason, it is not eloquence — it is force.
Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. . . .
- Reliable facts, solid reasons, and a good heart are needed,
not government threats.
3) The war on drugs has
proven that despite spending $40 billion a year to fight it,
drug use has not decreased. America’s mayors, along with local
law enforcement officials, are pushing for a new approach that
puts an emphasis on treatment and alternatives to jail.
Do you agree or disagree with this new direction
I completely agree with the premise and I
strongly support this new direction.
4) Millions of Americans
are in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, yet
many still find it difficult to get an education, a good job, or
health insurance due to discriminatory policies and laws.
Do you support the repeal of these laws, which basically prevent
people who have paid their debt to society from
contributing to their families and communities in a positive
I agree with the premise, and I strongly support the repeal of
such laws, whenever such laws mandate government action against
those in recovery, or mandate private discrimination against or
prohibit private benefits toward those in recovery.
I do not support government compulsion toward those who, for
whatever reason, do not wish to hire or associate with those in
recovery. Such people need to be educated and encouraged, so that
they see the benefits in helping those in recovery, and voluntarily
do so, not coerced and threatened by the government with fines
5). Recovery support
services have been critical to helping people sustain their
recovery from addiction for the long term. The President has
eliminated funding for recovery community organizations
providing these services from his 2009 budget.
Do you support restoring this funding and
extending the Recovery Community Services Program which has
proven to be successful in communities across the
No. Funding should come from the heart, from voluntary and
private sources. If elected, I would use the "bully
pulpit" to encourage bountiful private funding of organizations
that serve those in recovery, as well as tax credits for families
that practice "12th-step" hospitality.
Recovery Network then requests the following commitments from
|1) Ensure coverage for equitable and effective
addiction prevention, treatment and recovery care in all public
and private health care plans
2) Fund addiction prevention, early intervention
and research as an investment in America’s future
3) Implement policies that promote long-term
recovery from addiction as integral to overall health and end
the criminalization of addiction
4) Prohibit discrimination against people in
long-term recovery who seek a brighter future for themselves and
their families through education, gainful employment, safe
housing and health insurance.
In response, I would say:
- Ensure -- but not by government force
- Fund -- but not through government taxation or inflation
- Implement -- on a private, not "public" (government)
- Prohibit -- end government restrictions or mandates that hurt
those in recovery.
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