|Voter's Guide, 2020 Fall Elections, Louisiana
|Position ||U.S. Representative, District 3 |
|Name||Brandon Derek LeLeux|
|Present Employer / position||Southern Spice of Moss Bluff, General Manager|
|Length of residence in Jurisdiction||36 years|
|List of educational institutions and degrees||I attended LSU for 4 years followed by the Baton Rouge School of Computers for 2. I have a certificate in PC repair and support. |
|Prior elected and appointed positions|
|Civic involvement and affiliations||Vice-chairman of the Libertarian Party of Calcasieu Parish|
State Organizer for the Libertarian Party Mises Caucus
I am active in donating to and helping out the local schools
Questions specific to the position
|1. Would you support more federal funding to expand voter access and enhance election security?
||I am not a fan of using federal funds for many things. I believe state autonomy was one of the most important ideas on which our country was founded and I prefer to keep the federal government out of most things. |
|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?
|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: |
I believe all these issues can be solved by removing regulation and government interference to the free-market. The living wage idea is an unattainable myth, unfortunately. Allowing the free-market to work and removing costly regulations and taxes allows for more jobs, better pay, and more competition to employers when hiring employees. This will drastically increase the standard for jobs everywhere, which includes pay, safety, and quality.
b. Paid sick leave for all workers:
Removing regulations and government interference in the free-market allows greater competition amongst employers for employees and will require them to offer greater benefits, such as sick leave.
c. Ensuring pay equity for all workers:
For me, the idea of pay equity is a very negative one. Employees should be paid based upon whatever merits the employer finds important. Again, a free-market will create a competitive atmosphere and any business which does not adhere to the social pressures of what people want, will struggle to find anyone to work for them.
d. Providing access to quality child care and early childhood education:
The reason childcare and early education are not affordable for many is because of government involvement. Providing guaranteed money to these institutions gives them incentives to continually raise prices, which is similar to what happened with universities, and price out many people from the market. This effectively hurts the lowest income families as it limits their choices to only those that accept government assistance programs.
e. Improving the quality of K-12 education for all children:
I would institute school choice, for one. The money for each child's education should follow them to where each family feels is best. The arbitrary lines on a map that dictate which school your child can attend right now is a horrible system. If we are paying tax money for these services, then we should get the service we want. Allowing school choice, and including private schools in those, will create greater competition and incentive for schools to do their best along with paying teachers and staff considerably more. I have a child on the Autism Spectrum and I have seen intimately the current failings of our public school system. I want better for all of our children.
Abolishing the department of education would be another goal of mine. The process of education is a very individual one and we cannot allow politician in Washington to dictate what every child in the US learns. This should be up to parents, teachers, schools, and communities.
f. Providing affordable higher education:
The biggest issue with higher education, and you may notice a theme here, is government involvement. We have a vicious cycle currently happening. The government is guaranteeing loans for anyone who wants them, with no credit checks. The colleges know they will get their money no matter what, so the colleges increase their prices. They also create degrees that hold no real world value and have students paying $75,000+ for them. They default on their loans, but the college gets their money still. This is a system preying on our youth who were promised a better life by taking on massive debt (enough to buy a home in many areas) and getting nothing out of it.
I believe that it's critical that we return higher education to the free market to reign in this out of control costs along with taking the time to educate the youth on debt and fiscal responsibility. No more federal subsidies or assistance for these institutions. If they are going to charge these outrageous tuition fees, they shouldn't need the extra help. Most universities received large quantities of private donations as well.
g. Removing barriers to financing and housing:
Once more, this is an issue driven by federally guaranteed loans. The FHA's and other similar government programs caused the housing bubble the first time and we are back on track to experience another. I would remove these programs and allow the free-market to reign in the high costs of housing.
h. Providing access to affordable healthcare for all:
Healthcare may be the industry that is most inundated by federal regulation. Government and insurance companies have worked together to completely destroy our healthcare industry. It is the only market that the two people involved in the transaction have no clue what will be paid. Every nook and cranny of the industry is infiltrated by heavy handed regulation that is costly and burdensome. If we remove these restrictions and regulations, we can restore the healthcare market to a free-market and allow it to be affordable and high quality for everyone.
|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: |
This is a bandage on the situation. I would personally like to see law enforcement become completely privatized, but this is considered on the radical end of solutions at the moment. Accountability is the first step that needs to happen along with demilitarizing police forces.
b. Reform qualified immunity:
Qualified immunity should be abolished. Accountability is the big key in this and with qualified immunity, there are very little repercussions to police brutality.
c. Ban use of excess force (e.g., chokeholds, shoot to kill):
I belive, just as with any other citizen, force and violence should be reserved for self-defense or defense of another's life from immediate danger.
d. Establish a nationwide database of law enforcement officers found to have used excessive force:
Law enforcement should be treated like any other job and have infractions available for future employers to use as reference.
e. Ban the providing of local police departments with military equipment:
This is a serious issue that should not happen. Police getting to arms themselves with full-on military gear, including vehicles, while private citizens are prohibited from owning and using much of the same, is corrupt.
|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?
||I believe immigration under that state, is rife with many complications and nuances. The government entitlement programs are a big complication in the immigration issue and I believe eliminating most or all of them would solve much of the immigration problems. Outside of that, one idea is allowing work sponsored paths to citizen ship which can work similarly to the K1 Visa process. I believe there can be a road to citizenship for those here already as well. |