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Libertarian John Kling offers unique perspectives to 54th District race

May 29th, 2008 · 2 Comments · News

john-kling-1.jpgBY NICK DIAMANTIDES
Staff Writer

John Kling is the Libertarian candidate for the 54th Assembly District seat now occupied by Betty Karnette who cannot run for reelection due to the term limits law. Because no one from the Libertarian Party is opposing him, he will automatically advance to the November general elections where he will face his Democratic and Republican rivals.
Kling is currently an operations manager in the service division of the American Honda Motor Corporation in Torrance. The Signal Tribune recently interviewed him to find out what he would do if he wins in November.
His first priority, he noted, would be to tackle the state budget crisis. “The amount of money that goes into the state treasury increases every year,” he said. “To have a year-after-year budget crisis is an obvious indication of fiscal irresponsibility by people making the decisions.”
Kling explained that state decision makers are not putting financial resources in places where they can get the most return. “What we have is a lot of people who argue over what should be first, but so much of it is not transparent to the voters,” he said. “I will fight for fiscal responsibility and prioritizing and creating measurable objectives.”
He explained that transparency leads to accountability, which in turn leads to fiscal responsibility. “The voters need to know who is asking for what and are they accomplishing their goals,” he said. “I cannot think of a single elected official who has clearly described his or her fiscal goals. If we don’t know specifically how they want to spend our money, how can we know who to vote for?”
Turning to the state’s educational system, Kling quoted Alan Greenspan, who said, “It really doesn’t matter what program you spend money on. If you don’t fix the educational process in this country, you won’t have enough money to do anything”
To that Kling added, “If we actually educate our children, (their productivity) will result in so much revenue that we will have enough money to do whatever we need to do.” He explained that schools must prepare students for their entrance into the workplace. “Right now in our inner cities, less than 50 percent of the people are graduating,” he said. “Added to that, large numbers of high school graduates from all areas spend several years working at low-paying jobs before they decide to enroll in a vocational training program. That ought not to be the case.”
Kling said as a legislator he would push for ways to increase the educational options available to students. That would include allowing parents to transfer their children to the school of their choosing as long as it meets the educational requirements set by the state. “I would make it possible for parents to spend their tax dollars on the school that best meets the needs of their children,” he said. “And I would insist on standardized testing so parents can know whether a school is succeeding in its goals.”
Kling also noted that he is a strong proponent of charter schools and vouchers. “As long as there is a system in place to verify that pupils are actually being educated, I say let’s increase the educational choices that are available,” he said.
On another topic, Kling said there were many good healthcare programs in California and he agreed that healthcare should be affordable to all. “What concerns me the most is that government programs always end up being grossly inefficient,” he said. “I am against the universal healthcare program now being proposed by Democrats. There are lots of stories of how that kind of program is failing in Canada and England. We need to find another way to bridge the gap between those who have adequate medical coverage and those who do not.”
He said that government should encourage the establishment of more private low-cost medical clinics by providing more tax incentives to those who want to donate money or time to such endeavors.
Kling added that as a legislator, he would also push for a “health coverage pool” similar to the assigned risk pool that enables all California motorists to get automobile insurance. “That has the potential to bring down premiums,” he said.
On a more debatable issue, Kling said he would support legislation authorizing same-sex marriage in California. “It’s none of the government’s business who gets married to whom,” he said. “Democracy should be more than two wolves and a sheep voting over what’s for dinner.” He said not even the majority of the people have the right to decide what is right for gay people. “We have to protect minority rights,” he insisted.
Kling only takes donations from people living or owning a business within the 54th Assembly District and he accepts a maximum of $100 from each donor. “I work for the voters, not special interests or a party,” he said. “ My objectives are to go to Sacramento, get spending under control while still doing the things we need to do. I can do that by getting information to the voters. I will make the financial projects much more transparent, and make legislators and program administrators accountable to the people.”

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