ANDERSON, THOMAS

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
State Representative
District:
109
Political Affiliation:
Libertarian
Age:
44
Occupation:
Software Engineer
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Why are you running for office? (click to expand)

Survey

Response Legend

  • YYes
  • NNo
  • UUndecided
  • Declined to Respond/Undecided, Position Unknown/Unclear
  • *Comment
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Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Should education funding be directed to families through a voucher, scholarship, or education savings account so that parents can send their children to the school of their choice, including non-public schools? Y* I believe in a 100% free market in schooling in which parents will choose where and how their children are educated. All tax money collected for K-12 education will be provided equally to every student in the state to use at any school of their parents' choice, including public schools, private schools, cyber schools, and home schooling.
2. Should marijuana be legalized for recreational use? Y* Anyone who wants to use marijuana can already do so with little to no risk of legal repercussions. Legalizing it for adults, similar to tobacco, will ensure that it is produced by reputable companies instead of drug cartels and is sold in regular retailers instead of back alleys. This will be safer for everyone. It will also be subject to taxation, which will help to offset the elimination of property taxes, which is one of my foremost goals.
3. Should the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act be amended to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity,” which would require public schools and other public facilities to open up restrooms and locker rooms to members of the opposite sex? N* There are only two sexes, as determined by genetics and genitalia. Locker rooms segregated according to sex provide the most privacy and comfort to the most people. Changing this will only likely lead to problems. That said, by implementing school choice, parents who want unisex locker rooms or some other configuration can send their children to a school which does so. In a free market, niche schools will open for all kinds of demands.
4. Should Pennsylvania enter into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which would include a new carbon tax on electricity producers? N* It's already difficult enough for Pennsylvanians to make ends meet. The last thing we need is more taxes, especially to support an Agenda 2030 or Great Reset purpose. Carbon dioxide is a naturally occurring component of the atmosphere and a vital nutrient for plant life. There is no need to use central planning to dissuade the use of fossil fuels.
5. Should increases in state government spending be limited to the rate of inflation plus population growth? Y* That would be my absolute upper limit. I want to shrink government back to its constitutional role, not expand it.
6. Should our state constitution be amended to prevent taxpayer funding for elective abortions? Y* Taxpayers should not be funding ANY personal health choices. Healthcare spending already dominates the state budget and all it does is feed a massively profitable and growing medical-industrial complex and big pharma. Health costs are increasing at many times the rate of general inflation because they're paid for by government in most cases. This creates a moral hazard of healthcare costs exceeding most people's ability to pay and therefore creating even greater dependence on government subsidies. So I would work on reducing healthcare spending overall and certainly for any procedures that are elective and controversial.
7. Should all voters be required to show identification before voting? Y* The integrity of our elections is critical to ensuring we have a truly representative government in which the citizens can have faith. Using in-person voting (except for excused cases such as overseas deployed personnel) and vetting the identification of voters is paramount.
8. Should the state reduce police funding to increase funding for social services? N* Police should be adequately trained to deal with all issues, including mental health problems of the people they encounter.
9. Should public schools be prohibited from allowing males who identify as females to compete in girls’ sports? Y* Segregation by gender in sports was done to ensure a level playing field. Biological males have significant advantages over females in strength, speed, stamina, etc. It is unfair to girls to allow biological males to compete against them. But that being said, by implementing school choice, parents who want unisex teams or segregation by some other factor can send their children to a school which does so. In a free market, niche schools will open for all kinds of demands.
10. Should schools have to post curriculum online for review by parents and taxpayers? Y* Parents have a right to know what their children are learning. And they should also have a right to withdraw their children from any school with which they disagree and choose any other school for their children.
11. Should Pennsylvania municipalities be permitted to require a vaccine passport? N* The private medical information of individual citizens is of no concern to the government, employers, or anyone else but their doctor. Each individual has the absolute right to decide what prophylactics, medicines, surgeries, or other interventions will be done to their own body and need not disclose it to anyone.
12. Should the gasoline tax be permanently reduced? Y* Energy is the life blood of the economy. Making it more difficult for citizens to get to work by making their commutes more expensive hurts everyone. It makes us less competitive. Wealth and jobs will flow out of the state until we make living and working in Pennsylvania less costly.
13. Should schools be required to notify parents of any sexually explicit content in books or instructional materials? Y* All curricula and materials used for teaching children must be available for parental review.