Americans Helping Americans Abroad

Question 1: Taxation

Would you commit to working with Americans residing abroad to reform the current citizenship-based US tax system?

Yes. I believe tax reform, not just tax cuts, are needed. The complicated system we have for taxing overseas citizens is archaic and poorly designed.

Question 2: Services

Will you support on-line access to government agencies and adequate funding for consular functions upon which Americans abroad rely?

Absolutely. Our government, elected officials, and government employees work for us. As an executive and founder of tech startups for years, using digital tools to streamline government is a no brainer. Web based consular access makes perfect sense. In fact, things as basic as using chat, email, and social media have been used by companies to improve service and reduce customer service costs for years. This is not new or costly technology.

Question 3: Banking

Would you support an enforceable right for all US citizens to a US bank account so they can retain their US savings and retirement accounts and make and receive payments in the United States?

I think the US government did not consider the implications of its actions when it comes to banking rules. And as someone with a long career in international business, with international employees, companies, and US citizens working overseas, I know from first hand experience how challenging this is. As a Libertarian, I am not in favor of government regulation as a general rule, and each of our overseas citizens can see this issue as one more exhibit in why government regulations and red tape create problems.

Message from the Candidate:

I will be on the November 6 ballot facing Ted Cruz (R) and Beto O’Rourke (D) in the upcoming general election. We won the Libertarian nomination with the votes of 70% of the convention delegates in a field of 5 by listening.
Libertarian values are not the fringe. They are the heart of our moderate middle. They are the heart of Texas. The government works for us. My candidacy is about making our elected officials listen to us and hold them accountable. If you want a fiscally responsible, socially liberal member of the moderate middle, actually from and educated in Texas, with an actual track record of success to take action, then give me an opportunity to earn your vote. If you are happy with what Congress has been doing, then choose between two experienced Washington congressmen. Vote your conscience.
I was born and raised in Houston, Texas as a 6th generation Texan, and graduated from Texas A&M university as a 3rd generation Aggie. I began my entrepreneurial career at the age of 25 and have personally co-founded 7 technology start-ups. I understand energy, technology, finance and budgets, and to make change happen. I’ve done it my whole career.
I am running on the platform that embodies the principles I believe in.
I am running to carry a simple message that they work for us, people matter, and elected officials need to be responsible.
I am running because we need better policies, and I have them.
I am running because the choice should not be intolerant and fiscal conservative vs social liberal and spendthrift.
I am running because they have run up our debts beyond counting and involved us in wars they can't get us out of.
I am running for a 3 year old and 5 year old who don't yet know what the Senate is.
Both of my opponents have been in Congress while they ran up the largest debt in our history. They've let our government and corporations invade our privacy and interfere in our lives over and over. They push solutions that don’t work, except to keep themselves in office. They literally make up bills they know will fail just to make themselves sound good in the next election. They voted for or failed to deal with key issues over and over. They are either part of the problem, or unable to solve it. We cannot kick the can down the road any longer to let my young daughters, and your children and grandchildren, deal with the mess we allowed them to create. But the buck stops with us. Our vote. Our action.
I am not asking for your vote. I am asking to earn it. I expect you to vote your conscience. If we win, you get the best qualified candidate on the ballot to represent you in Washington, and if I lose am I your message to Washington. They will not listen unless you change your vote.
You get to choose with only your own conscience as your guide, what message and what candidate represents your values, principles, and will. You will have 3 options on November 6. You will not regret your choice if you trust me with your vote.

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