Full Legal Name: Roger A Gerber
Name as it Appears on the Ballot: ROGER GERBER
Office Sought/District: NC SENATE DISTRICT 18
Date of Birth: June 17, 1948
Home Address: 200 Stags Trail, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Campaign Web Site: www.gerberNCsenate.com
Occupation & Employer: Candidate & Wife
Years lived in North Carolina: 32 years
Home Phone: 919 967-1029
Work Phone: 919 619-8915
1. What do you see as the most important issues facing North Carolina? If elected, what are your top three priorities in addressing those issues?
The most important issue is the ever increasing size of government which inevitably results in decreased individual liberty and dignity. I will propose, support and vote for legislation that:
Permanently caps state spending at 5% of the state's private sector economy;
Increases education options for all students regardless of income;
Limits the state's use of eminent domain and bans forced annexation.
2. What in your record as a public official or other experience demonstrates your ability to be effective on the issues you've identified? Please be as specific as possible in relating past accomplishments to current goals.
For the last 15 years, I have advocated for education options for all children regardless of their parents' income. I have helped start five charter schools, counseled numerous other successful charter school applicants, served on several charter school boards, formed a charter school trade association and lobbied The General Assembly for fair and equitable charter school legislation.
3. How do you define yourself politically, and how does your political philosophy show itself in your past achievements and present campaign platform?
I am a Constitutional Conservative which means that I respect the intelligence of individuals enough that I think they should enjoy their inalienable rights endowed by their Creator to "...life, liberty, the enjoyment of the fruits of their own labor, and the pursuit of happiness." Article 1 Section 1 NC Constitution
4. The Independent's mission is to help build a just community in the Triangle. Please point to a specific position in your platform that would, if achieved, help further that goal.
Building a just community has been a goal of many of the world's most powerful leaders including, Mao, Hitler, and Stalin. A museum dedicated to these the greatest mass murders of the twentieth century should be built so that future generations understand the evil that results from centralizing power to create a just community.
5. Identify and explain one principled stand you would be willing to take if elected that you suspect might cost you some popularity points with voters.
I will not use tax dollars to favor a particular group over another in order to buy votes, i.e. no corporate welfare and no government grants to non-profits that have ideological agendas.
6. If these issues haven't been addressed above, would you please comment on:
a. Poverty: What steps, if any, do you advocate to lift up the poor in North Carolina?
As mentioned above, increasing education options for all children regardless of income will go a long way in giving future generations an opportunity to reap the benefits available to them in a free market enterprise community. Limiting a citizen's inalienable right to the enjoyment of the fruits of their own labor by confiscating those fruits via exorbitant taxes is a modern day form of slavery. In this way, our state government reduces everyone's liberty and makes more and more people dependent on the generosity of those running the government plantation.
b. Transportation needs in the state, including roads and transit in the Triangle?
If we need more roads, we will build them. If someone invents a better way to transport people, the free market will choose the most efficient way of meeting those needs. If a select group in the ruling class decides that it is going to pick winners, we will surely end up wasting tax dollars.
c. Job creation: What strategies should the state use to attract new business and lower the unemployment rate?
The State needs to eliminate corporate taxes (these taxes are just passed on to the consumer), eliminate unnecessary regulations, and make sure that it does not give corporate welfare to favored companies or industries.
d. Health care: What should the state do next to address the problem of adults and children without adequate health care or insurance?
There is no free lunch or free medical care.
Tort reform is essential. Everyone must realize that medical care costs money and that an once of prevention is cheaper than a pound of cure. If the pound of cure is paid for out of pocket, individuals will see the benefits of prevention. We need to allow private insurance companies to offer catastrophic medical insurance policies. Having a government run medical system will only degrade the quality of health care for everyone. The impact on the poor will be the harshest, they will become dependent on the morsels handed out by government. Reducing or eliminating bureaucratic paperwork for routine medical visits when combined with tort reform will re-introduce free market competition into the medical profession thus reducing price and increasing efficiency.
e. Foreclosures: What more should the state be doing to help consumers avoid foreclosure and hold onto their homes?
If one cannot make mortgage payments on a house and owes more money on the house than it is worth, it is not that person's home: it belongs to the mortgage lender. Blame the government for backing risky sub-prime mortgages. Real life does not emulate a government that prints money. Owning a home should be the goal of a free person, not the handout of a government looking to buy votes.
f. The mental health crisis: Everyone agrees it's a mess. Now what?
All our mental heath will be better when government stays out of our private lives. Stop the nanny state.
g. Taxes: Given the needs, are they too high? Too low? Too regressive? Where else should the sales tax be applied? Should it be raised? What's your position on "combined reporting" for national corporations?
The need is to let people enjoy the fruits of their own labor. North Carolina should not re-become a state that continually increases the rate of labor confiscation.
h. Energy: What steps, if any, should be taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? What policies should be put in place to incentivize innovation in wind, solar and future energy sources?
Stop eating beans and let the free market decide.
7. What local bills would you introduce and how closely will you work with local elected leaders in advancing their legislative agendas?
If local leaders advance legislative agendas that seem to benefit all of North Carolina, I will support those initiatives. On the other hand, if the local agendas are advanced solely for the purpose of buying votes, I will oppose them.
8. What is your position regarding LGBT rights? Please address whether gay marriages or civil unions should be made legal in North Carolina; also, whether sexual orientation and identity should be added as a protected class under state anti-discrimination laws, including state personnel laws.
Marriage between a man and a woman has been the core of civilized society for several thousand years. There is no reason to change that definition. If two people of the same sex want to form a relationship and give that relationship another name, let them go for it. I have no problem with giving that relationship some societal benefits. I am just glad that my ancestors chose a natural procreation method. People are people we should not seek to divide people into sub-classes that receive special protections.
9. Do you support women's reproductive rights, including the "right to choose" as set out by the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade? Given that North Carolina has the ninth highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation, do you support medically accurate sex education that includes information about birth control?
Why is the font on this question bigger than other questions? Maybe the right to choose begins before a life begins. Just maybe a family should not become a family until both parents are ready to accept the responsibility that having children brings.
10. What steps will you take to increase transparency and outreach to constituents, and root out corruption, not only personally but among other General Assembly members?
I will only serve for 4 years. I will do my best to follow the US and North Carolina Constitutions. I will support requiring state agencies putting detailed spending reports online in xml structured format.