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Is Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Robert Sarvis a Libertarian-In-Name-Only?
The Federalist ^ | OCTOBER 25, 2013 | Ben Domenech

Posted on 10/25/2013 2:10:07 PM PDT by TBP

While I’m closer to Sarvis’s viewpoint than Cuccinelli’s on marriage, marijuana, and I am sure other policy issues as well, there have been a number of concerning red flags about Sarvis’s positions.

Take tax policy, for instance, where Sarvis just doesn’t sound like a libertarian at all to me. Virginia is around the middle of the pack when it comes to tax climate, and could desperately use additional reforms in a time when the state economy is doing so well to lighten the burden on workers. Yet Sarvis told Chuck Todd he didn’t actually favor more tax cuts, but finding savings through more efficiency. In that interview, he also endorsed expanding the Medicaid program in the state under Obamacare – which most libertarians in Virginia have been fighting tooth and nail. Despite going through George Mason’s program, he doesn’t sound like he shares their views, telling Reason: “I’m not into the whole Austrian type, strongly libertarian economics, I like more mainstream economics and would have been happy to go elsewhere.” That makes sense, given that he’s endorsed more transportation taxes, too – including higher gas taxes and instituting a vehicle-miles driven tax in the state.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: governor; libertarian; sarvis; thirdparty; va2013; virginia
New political expression: LINO.

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1 posted on 10/25/2013 2:10:07 PM PDT by TBP
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To: TBP

A Democrat ?


2 posted on 10/25/2013 2:13:02 PM PDT by molson209 (Hillary Clinton)
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To: molson209
Well isn't there legitimate leaders of the Libertarian party to say so one way or another?
3 posted on 10/25/2013 2:16:32 PM PDT by DAC21
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To: molson209

A plant?


4 posted on 10/25/2013 2:16:34 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: molson209

Yep, he is in this race for one reason only, and that is to siphon off some votes from the GOP so that he can help the RAT win. If you investigate this guy, I bet you would find a few millionaire democrats (Soros, Bloomburg, etc) donating to his campaign.


5 posted on 10/25/2013 2:17:11 PM PDT by Flavious_Maximus
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To: TBP

Can a Clinton crime machine member win any election without someone splitting the vote?

Calling it now-Hillary will win because a third party will split the GOP vote.


6 posted on 10/25/2013 2:18:26 PM PDT by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: Jane Long

The best plan the Dems could implement to win elections is to fund libertarian candidates in 3-way races. They’re going to figure this out sooner or later, especially if “hope and change” stops putting butts in the seats.


7 posted on 10/25/2013 2:18:31 PM PDT by JediJones (The #1 Must-see Filibuster of the Year: TEXAS TED AND THE CONSERVATIVE CRUZ-ADE)
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To: DAC21
Even the grand-daddy of Lib kooks knows enough to stay away from Sarvis.

Virginia Gov: Ron Paul Endorses Ken Cuccinelli (take THAT Libertarian Third-Party spoiler)

8 posted on 10/25/2013 2:20:02 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: TBP
While I’m closer to Sarvis’s viewpoint than Cuccinelli’s on marriage, marijuana, and I am sure other policy issues as well, there have been a number of concerning red flags about Sarvis’s positions.

Notice that he admits that Sarvis is lefty/libertarian on many issues, like the homosexual agenda, but that Sarvis isn't conservative enough on economic issues.

Libertarians=liberals who want conservative economics, which is an oxy-moron of course, you can't have economic conservatism without social conservatism.

9 posted on 10/25/2013 2:23:40 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Democrats-"a party that since antebellum times has been bent on the dishonoring of humanity.)
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To: TBP

He’s really not a libertarian. That’s why Ron Paul has endorsed Ken.


10 posted on 10/25/2013 2:31:29 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: TBP

This gus is such a worthless SOB. He’s practicing Alynski: Don’t debate your opponenst. Destroy him. Ignore this lightweight. He has nothing to offer but noise.


11 posted on 10/25/2013 2:43:20 PM PDT by Mustangman (The GOP)
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To: DAC21
Well isn't there legitimate leaders of the Libertarian party to say so one way or another?

The LP was founded in Denver at the Muddy Waters café. I have been to LP meetings there. Finding a leader in the LP is like finding a leader in the tea party - such does not exist.

I found the complete lack of authority figures refreshing. Every person wanting to speak is allowed to. The only organization is that used to get somebody on the ballot in every race.

The feller in this article would have been out of place at a Denver LP meeting so he probably is a plant.

12 posted on 10/25/2013 2:49:08 PM PDT by SpeakerToAnimals (I hope to earn a name in battle)
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To: ansel12

You are so right.


13 posted on 10/25/2013 3:01:26 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: TBP

Sarvis is on record that he wants to tax carbon emissions, but still squawks about his “limited government” platform.

During last night’s debate, McAuliffe noted that he and Sarvis share many of the same views, and contrasted them with the “radical” views of Cuccinelli. That convinced me that Sarvis is just a stalking horse.


14 posted on 10/25/2013 4:19:48 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: Flavious_Maximus
Yep, he is in this race for one reason only, and that is to siphon off some votes from the GOP so that he can help the RAT win. If you investigate this guy, I bet you would find a few millionaire democrats (Soros, Bloomburg, etc) donating to his campaign.

Based on the campaign finance numbers, that seems unlikely.

Anybody have a link to the Chuck Todd comment mentioned in the story? I seem to recall that Sarvis wants to eliminate income taxes in favor of sales taxes and/or user fees, so I'd be interested in seeing the clip about not wanting to reduce taxes.

15 posted on 10/25/2013 4:28:15 PM PDT by boomstick (One of the fingers on the button will be German.)
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To: TBP

BTTT


16 posted on 10/25/2013 6:43:05 PM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: TBP; fieldmarshaldj; Maelstorm; AuH2ORepublican; Clintonfatigued; randita; sickoflibs; BillyBoy; ...

A LINO huh? Someone tell all the morons that are gonna vote for him.


17 posted on 10/25/2013 8:38:25 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: TBP
Sarvis has probably received the bulk of his donations indirectly from McAulife. This will be the new RAT strategy going forward. In a tight race? Hire a 3rd party candidate to siphon off votes from the GOP candidate.
18 posted on 10/25/2013 10:14:41 PM PDT by Rockitz (This is NOT rocket science - Follow the money and you'll find the truth.)
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To: Rockitz

> This will be the new RAT strategy going forward. In a tight race? Hire a 3rd party candidate to siphon off votes from the GOP candidate. <

This is not a new tactic by any stretch. Remember a guy named Ross Perot? And who did we get as president? Bill Clinton.


19 posted on 10/25/2013 10:46:42 PM PDT by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: Impy

He may have his flaws as a libertarian in some ways, but the author does point out that he is a good libertarian as far as being a social liberal.


20 posted on 10/26/2013 8:46:00 AM PDT by ansel12 ( Democrats-"a party that since antebellum times has been bent on the dishonoring of humanity.)
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To: TBP

I read the transcript of his Chuck Todd interview and he sure sounds like one. He is actually a failed Republican candidate. He has some good ideas on how to produce more Doctors and Nurses and his 2nd amendment stance is good but on expanding Medicare he is horrible saying that we can’t expand Medicare till we fix government interference in healthcare/make it more efficient. Well that is not a good answer. The libertarian answer and the conservative answer is to NOT EXPAND it ever. The true conservative and libertarian would sever all federal management and regulation of healthcare and return it to the states.

Cuccinelli is the only candidate opposing the expansion. I watched Sarvis during the round table in Richmond today and he just looked stoned and came off as if the only reason to vote for him is because he supports ssm as if gay activism is anywhere near the primary concern of Virginians. Conservatives get blamed for pushing their ideology but they are the ones demanding everyone be taught to love Jesus in schools as lgbt activists are trying to force every child to be taught to praise and love homsexuality. Sarvis also is hugely pro-abortion.


21 posted on 10/26/2013 2:42:58 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Obamacare is your healthcare on stupid.)
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To: TBP
Is Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Robert Sarvis a Libertarian-In-Name-Only?

Well, is he a drug-crazed, baby-killing, packer (who likes smaller government)?

If not, then he's a LINO.

22 posted on 10/26/2013 2:48:26 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER ("The government" is nothing but a RAT jobs program)
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To: TBP

I never see threads about Sarvis’s tax policy & views on Obamacare.

If he’s the better choice shouldn’t he be promoting his fiscal ideas??


23 posted on 10/26/2013 2:59:56 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: RginTN

The only thing the guy wants to talk about is ssm. It always comes back to gays for him.


24 posted on 10/26/2013 3:15:24 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Obamacare is your healthcare on stupid.)
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To: ansel12; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; Maelstorm; randita

If he’s for more taxes and Medicaid expansion he ain’t a libertarian at all, just a liberal saying he’s a libertarian like Bill Mahr. Too bad he’s taking votes from our guy cause people are stupid.


25 posted on 10/26/2013 5:33:18 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

The point being that his social liberalism part, is fully libertarian, as the author makes clear.


26 posted on 10/26/2013 5:38:01 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Democrats-"a party that since antebellum times has been bent on the dishonoring of humanity.)
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To: ansel12

Fully liberal too. Economics and size of government is the real focus of libertarianism. It’s not accurate to call yourself a libertarian if you want to raise taxes and expand government. People are supporting this chump because they think he’s for small government, if all they want is faggotry and abortion then they have McAwful.


27 posted on 10/26/2013 5:44:38 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

I think I already said what he was in post 20, I don’t know why you keep repeating it.

He may have his flaws as a libertarian in some ways, but the author does point out that he is a good libertarian as far as being a social liberal.


28 posted on 10/26/2013 5:48:32 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Democrats-"a party that since antebellum times has been bent on the dishonoring of humanity.)
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To: Impy
he ain’t a libertarian at all, just a liberal saying he’s a libertarian...Too bad he’s taking votes from our guy

So, is "your guy" a drug-crazed, baby-killing, packer-lover?

29 posted on 10/26/2013 5:49:23 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER ("The government" is nothing but a RAT jobs program)
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To: ansel12

bump


30 posted on 10/26/2013 5:50:15 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: ROCKLOBSTER; ansel12

WTF? If you can’t tell, I’m for Cuccinelli and I’m pissed off this joker Savris is taking votes from him. I assure you he isn’t talking more votes from McAwful, Libertarians NEVER do.

Whatever.


31 posted on 10/26/2013 6:02:02 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy
If you can’t tell, I’m for Cuccinelli

Well, I don't know who Cuccinelli is, it sounded like he was also supposed to be a "Libertarian". Hopefully he's a level-headed conservative.

32 posted on 10/26/2013 6:13:23 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER ("The government" is nothing but a RAT jobs program)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

What? I have no idea what you are going on about.


33 posted on 10/26/2013 6:19:20 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

My point is that we don’t need the liberal/libertarian who wrote this article to tell us that Sarvis is liberal, Sarvis’s libertarian positions on social issues proves that.

Both Sarvis and the author are libertarians on social issues, that alone pushes them both over to the left.

The republican is the clear choice in this election.


34 posted on 10/26/2013 6:21:21 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Democrats-"a party that since antebellum times has been bent on the dishonoring of humanity.)
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To: Impy

Never mind.

I’m not a big fan of Libertarians, nor am I keenly aware of the gubernatorial candidates.

Hope your guy wins.

Ever heard of Paul LePage?


35 posted on 10/26/2013 6:25:27 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER ("The government" is nothing but a RAT jobs program)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
Oh well since your posting in this thread I figured you were interested in the race. Virginia Governor, Cuccinelli is the state AG and a conservative Republican.

Ever heard of Paul LePage?

Yes. How's it going in Maine?

36 posted on 10/26/2013 6:29:24 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

Well, it’s touch and go.

LePage is not a politician, and says things in public that you and I might exchange in a conversation...like that “The NAACP can KMA, they’re just a special interest group, or “47% of able bodied Mainers are not working”

While he is probably right on both counts, the RATagandists are having a hay-day trying to destroy him.

He declares his candidacy for a second term on Nov 5.

If he’s not a TEApublican...I’ve never seen one.


37 posted on 10/26/2013 6:38:31 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER ("The government" is nothing but a RAT jobs program)
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To: Darnright

Ross Perot was not hired by Bill Clinton. Sarvis has undoubtedly received a great deal of financial support, albeit indirectly, from McAulife and his supporters.


38 posted on 10/26/2013 9:00:22 PM PDT by Rockitz (This is NOT rocket science - Follow the money and you'll find the truth.)
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To: Rockitz

Told you so.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3087745/posts


39 posted on 11/05/2013 9:18:10 AM PST by Rockitz (This is NOT rocket science - Follow the money and you'll find the truth.)
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To: Darnright

Told you so.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3087745/posts


40 posted on 11/05/2013 9:19:05 AM PST by Rockitz (This is NOT rocket science - Follow the money and you'll find the truth.)
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