A Political Ad from Tom Campbell: Individual Liberty

Dear Friend,

Less government. More freedom. Individual liberty.

These principles are the foundation of my campaign for Governor and define my philosophy on issues across the spectrum.

In a recent interview with Reason.tv, I discussed why the idea of liberty matters in my campaign for Governor. 

In the last several years, we have let government in our state grow unchecked, with serious consequences culminating in the recent budget crisis. My commitment to limited government runs beyond the words of a single campaign. It has defined my career.

In the 102nd Congress, the National Taxpayers Union Foundation voted me the single member least likely to spend your taxpayer dollars.

While serving in state government, I wrote the last California budget that balanced without tax increases or accounting gimmicks.

I received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago, where I had the great privilege of having as my faculty advisor Milton Friedman. He would have been 97 today. Milton did a great deal to educate our nation and the world on the importance of maximizing liberty, something we would do well to remember today as government intrudes more and more in our economy and daily lives. I hope you’ll read my thoughts today on this milestone.

The individual is preeminent in our society, not government. I want to lead a California where people have the freedom to start new businesses unencumbered by unreasonable government dictates; the freedom to create jobs without a crushing tax burden for having done so; a California where we are free to choose our own doctors, and free to choose the school best for one’s child.

With kind regards,


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  1. Tom, you are cutting into my time. I have my hands full with the midget senator and you want to talk about Milton Friedman? Let’s get real. Go find another blog.

    Comment by C. DeVore — 8.04.2009 @ 11:58 am

  2. Gawd, Chuck — “midget senator” – “find another blog” ?? Who are you, God? No one is cutting into your time — your time is passed, my friend. Your politics are as stale as your Chuck Bucks concept. What is really pathetic is that your great accomplishment is how much money you have raised, not about what you have done for the state and will do for the people you would represent (god forbid!). Get with the program – clean up your act. Give us something besides rhetoric and platitudes — what a concept, huh?!

    Comment by Sandy Carey — 8.04.2009 @ 1:08 pm

  3. I thought DeVore was right-on, Sandy, although the midget comment was highly uncalled for. Campbell\’s big deal came when he changed where he was from while in the Senate: Senator Campbell (R-Stanford). So lighten up, Miss Sandy. Barbara is in no trouble here against this putz.

    Comment by I. Nowick — 8.04.2009 @ 8:52 pm

  4. I appreciate your comments, I. Norwick, and I know the background of Mr. Campbell – a bad actor to be sure. But my concern in this instance is that DeVore continues to personify all that is wrong with the political process and I think he needs to be called on it, regardless of the venue. Unfortuntely, I think we have all “lightened up” a bit too often perhaps. Thanks for your insight, however — point taken.

    Comment by Sandy Carey — 8.05.2009 @ 8:30 am

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