Brian Irving, a 25-year USAF veteran, former United Way communications director and Fayetteville City Planning Commissioner, is the Communications Director for the Libertarian Party of North Carolina and candidate for State Senate in District 17 (Wake County).
Here's the kind of position that makes Tarheel Libertarians like Irving an up-and-coming force in State politics:
North Carolina legislators succumbed to their addiction again by passing the 2008 budget with increased spending, funding for more boondoggles to buy votes for selected legislators, and increased debt for taxpayers.
Libertarians would offer the people a real economic stimulus package by the simple expedient of letting you keep more of your money. My fellow Libertarian legislative candidates and I would never vote for such spending.
↓↓↓No $857 billion more debt
Legislators are afraid to let taxpayers vote on bonds, so they increased debt through “certificates of participation,” which do not require voter approval. This scheme should be called “certificates of non-participation” because only legislators, lobbyists and special interests groups can participate
↓↓↓ No $90 million for ABC bonuses
A classic example of Catch 22: The State sells alcohol to the people, then arrests them for DUIs. The State shouldn’t be selling booze to begin with.
↓↓↓ No $30 million for ‘More at Four’
Despite the fact that this State-run pre-kindergarten program has never been evaluated and is barely monitored, it now costs $170 million a year.
↓↓↓ No $9.4 million for NC Health Choice
This is another State-run insurance program for low-income children. Another feel good program. Why not just give the parents of these kids the money directly, or better yet, let them keep more of the paycheck.
↓↓↓ No Corporate & Non-profit Welfare
The legislature approved several expenditures to improve the “quality of life” — especially for oysters, polar bears and horses — not taxpayers.
$12.9 million in non-voter approved debt for a Film School Production Design Facility at the NC School of the Arts
$4.3 million in non-voter approved debt for a “Research Oyster Hatchery”
$2.7 million in non-voter approved debt for the NC Zoo Polar Bear Exhibit renovation and expansion.
$2 million for an “Oyster Sanctuary Program”
$900,000 for the Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh
$600,000 in planning funds for the African Pavilion at the NC Zoo.
$500,000 for “Green Industries Education and Promotion”
$500,000 for promoting the CIAA Basketball tournament in Charlotte
$450,000 increase funding for the North Carolina Symphony
The seat is currently held by Republican Richard Stevens, who not only signed off on the aforementioned budget deal, but--interestingly enough--does not even appear to have set up a website for his re-election campaign. Probably doesn't think it's necessary: he won his seat with 62% in 2002, 58.74% in 2004, and in 2006 did not have an opponent.
Go get him, Brian.