In 1997 I was the New Jersey Libertarian Party gubernatorial candidate. A major goal of my campaign was to raise enough funds to get a match from the state program that provided $2 for every dollar a candidate raised from donors. All candidates that applied-and were approved--for state matching funds would be required to participate in two debates sponsored by the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).
My campaign raised more than the $210,000 minimum by the September 2 filing deadline.
However, ELEC initially denied our application and requested an administrative law judge to provide guidance on the matter. After two days of testimony, the judge ruled that ELEC should include me in the matching fund program and on September 19 it approved our application. Our campaign went into high gear, and for the next seven weeks I crisscrossed the state in between my full-time teaching at Ramapo College. By Election Day I lost at least 10 pounds. Campaigning statewide is a sure-fire way to shed excess pounds, not that I needed to lose that much weight.
Why do I bring this up on the 25th anniversary of my attempt to play with the “big boys” in a political campaign?
Republicans always talk about their support for fiscal discipline, limited government, and deregulation. This is one of the greatest myths in American politics. Republicans never reduced spending at the federal level or rarely at the state level. So, when Republicans have been in power federal government spending usually increases sometimes faster than when Democrats have controlled the presidency and the Congress. And more importantly, Republicans have not rolled back the big government policies of Democrats. The Republicans have in effect failed to reverse decades welfare state policies. Why?
Dr. Murray Sabrin retired on July 1, 2020 as Professor of Finance. On January 25th 2021, the Board of Trustees awarded Dr. Sabrin Emeritus status for his scholarship and professional contributions during his 35-year career.
His book, Universal Medical Care: From Conception to End-of-Life: The Case for a Single Payer System, calls for the individual or family to be the single payer to restore the doctor-patient relationship. His latest book, Navigating the Boom/Bust Cycle: An Entrepreneur’s Survival Guide, was published in October 2021.
Sabrin is the author of Tax Free 2000: The Rebirth of American Liberty, a blueprint on how to create a tax-free America in the 21stcentury, and Why the Federal Reserve Sucks: It Causes, Inflation, Recessions, Bubbles and Enriches the One Percent, which is available on Amazon.