|Voter's Guide, 2020 Fall Elections, Louisiana
|Position ||U.S. Representative, District 6 |
|Name||Shannon Marie Sloan|
|Profession||Manager of Production Planning|
|Present Employer / position||Franklin Press, Inc.|
|Length of residence in Jurisdiction||25 years|
|List of educational institutions and degrees||Bachelor's Degree in Business Management|
|Prior elected and appointed positions|
|Civic involvement and affiliations||Lifetime Member, Libertarian|
Secretary, Libertarian Party of Louisiana State Central Committee
Secretary, Libertarian Party of Livingston Parish Executive Committee
Questions specific to the position
|1. Would you support more federal funding to expand voter access and enhance election security?
||No, I would not support additional funding for this purpose. The government has a long way to go before it spends its current funds most efficiently before we should consider giving more. |
|2. In recent years, voters have expressed concern that their votes don't matter due to election security concerns, the possibility of foreign influence, and the role of large money in elections. What measures would you propose to address these issues?
||Our election system has a multitude of problems, from gerrymandering to political parties manipulating voters. We could start by eliminating the listing of political party, race, and gender from political ballots which would help encourage more voter research and discourage some voter manipulation. Getting rid of the political party system in general will go a long way as well. As a Libertarian, I am part of a political party because the government currently requires this in order to be on all ballots, not because we want to be in a 'party'. In fact, the amount of work and money it takes just to be a recognized political party and meet the government's requirements to get on ballots is embarrassing. The political party system hurts and manipulates voters. I also do not believe that mail-in voting is a safe practice. In general, the government supervising elections of those who will run it is anything but ideal.|
|3. What can the Federal government do to raise the basic economic health and even the playing field so all U.S. citizens have equal opportunities? What measures would you support to address the following goals (please provide examples of specific legislation or programs)?
||a. A living wage for all workers: |
Allow the free market to work and reduce government barriers to doing business, allowing businesses to be more profitable so that they can pay their employees more fairly. Workers should not be paid simply for showing up, and should work hard to provide a better life for their families.
b. Paid sick leave for all workers:
I do not believe the government has the right to force employers to pay sick leave for employees. I believe good employers will do this as a benefit to attract good workers, and those that do not, will suffer as a result. The free market will manage this process.
c. Ensuring pay equity for all workers:
I believe that the best way to ensure fair pay is to let the free market work.
d. Providing access to quality child care and early childhood education:
I do not believe it's the government's responsibility to take money from individuals to provide childcare to the public. I believe that keeping that money in the hands of working families will better enable them to afford the necessary care, and that private charities step up to help address this need as well.
e. Improving the quality of K-12 education for all children:
I believe that the path to improving education for all children is to privatize education. The government should not be responsible for educating our children. The private market would offer competition, which will lower prices and increase quality of quality education. I also believe that individuals and private charity would step up to address the need for free education as well.
f. Providing affordable higher education:
I do not believe that the government has a right to take money from taxpayers to subsidize higher education. I do not believe college is a right. I do not believe it is a fit for everyone and there are many high-paying jobs that do not require a college education.
g. Removing barriers to financing and housing:
I believe that inflated costs of housing resulting from property taxes and other government regulations help increase the price of housing so that many cannot afford it, as well as decisions made by some individuals to live beyond their means. I do not believe in taxpayer-subsidized housing. I believe that it is the responsibility of the individual to support his or herself, and in cases where this is not possible, family, able individuals, and private charity would do a better job of stepping up to help.
h. Providing access to affordable healthcare for all:
I believe that Medicaid and Medicare are responsible for the high cost of healthcare today, and that healthcare absolutely should be left to the free market where people would be able to find affordable care. Without the extremely burdensome regulations placed on healthcare providers by the government, healthcare costs would be slashed, and there would be greater quality and competitive pricing. Many doctors would be in a better position to offer pro bono care to those truly in need.
|4. What can be done at the Federal level to improve public safety and confidence in law enforcement? Would you support measures to address the following (please answer yes or no and provide examples of specific legislation):
||a. Reallocate resources and funds from policing/law enforcement to address social ills that plague many disinvested communities: |
Until law enforcement is able to do its true job of protecting the rights of its people instead of having to enforce laws that invade their privacy, restrict their liberties, lock them in cages to protect them from their own poor decisions, and exhort them, I do not believe confidence in law enforcement will improve.
b. Reform qualified immunity:
I believe that qualified immunity should not be reformed, but be completely abolished.
c. Ban use of excess force (e.g., chokeholds, shoot to kill):
The only legitimate use of force is in self-defense, and law enforcement should be granted no exception.
d. Establish a nationwide database of law enforcement officers found to have used excessive force:
I would not oppose this initiative, but would not necessarily agree that it should be done under government management with taxpayer funds.
e. Ban the providing of local police departments with military equipment:
I support the demilitarizing of police. Police departments should be peace keepers and should not be involved in using military tactics against its citizens.
|5. Do you support a system for undocumented immigrants already in the country to earn legal status and to have a path to citizenship? If so, what steps do you consider necessary?
||In the past, I believed that those who entered the country illegally should return to their home countries and re-enter legally, because I remember the difficulty both financially and in the enormous amount of paperwork that was required when my ex-husband became a citizen of the U.S. However, I believe that immigration laws are unjust and that people should be able to move across borders much more easily. I believe the primary problem with our immigration system is the welfare state that we are in. Because our country currently takes money from taxpayers to offer support to individuals it should not, some people who are unable to take care of themselves come to the U.S. to take advantage of a 'better life'. I believe that peaceful individuals should be able to enter our country at will, and take advantage of the opportunity to find a job to support themselves and their families, becoming contributing members of our society. I believe that the promise of handouts and support is why our immigration problem is what it is today. I do not believe in open borders AND a welfare state. Nor do I believe in closed borders AND a welfare state. I believe in open borders without welfare. We cannot afford to have both.|