Barber wants to rock political boat

Photo by Terry Lewis

Photo by Terry Lewis

ALBANY, Ga. -- Dan Barber didn't mince any words.

"We want to break up the two-party system in America," Barber, the Libertarian candidate for Georgia lieutenant governor said recently. "Our current political system is broken. We need less government in our lives. Libertarians offer that option."

Facing an uphill battle against Republican incumbent Casey Cagle and Democratic challenger Carol Porter, Barber is aware that he is unlikely to win Tuesday's general election, but he says getting his party's message out is the important thing.

"I think we need to set new standards in this country based on individual rights," said Barber, an auto body shop owner from Cumming. "We must eliminate this sense of entitlement, a culture of dependency. We believe that all individuals have the right to control their own lives and live however they choose as long as they don't forcibly interfere with the freedoms of their fellow citizens.

"I believe the government has no right to regulate the lives of citizens, or to seize the fruits of their labor without their consent."

So, where does he stand on health care, jobs and education? The answers are laid out on his website:

HEALTH CARE: "I believe free markets provide the greatest variety of choice and quality in health care, as in every other service. I support a return to a free market in health care," Barber writes. "I recognize the right of the individual to choose his own physician, and to choose how much insurance, if any, is appropriate."

JOBS: "We compete with other states and nations to attract the businesses that bring jobs to our citizens. In order for Georgia to be competitive, we must offer low corporate tax rates and limited regulatory barriers to business. To do this, we must diligently manage our state's finances; cutting spending anywhere and everywhere it can be cut. Fiscal discipline leads to a balanced budget, and this leads to a lower tax base. All of which attracts new business and new jobs to our state."

EDUCATION: "I oppose all forms of federal intervention in our local educational systems, including 'No Child Left Behind,' an unfunded federal mandate that has burdened our state with more expense without any measurable improvement in results. I support free market solutions in education, including vouchers and charter schools."

Barber said his political philosophy is simple.

"I believe in the free market," he said. "It's the only system that protects the rights of the individual. Government is a monopoly of force."