Wednesday, September 10, 2008

re-cap in B'ton papers about town hall

nice article in the IU student paper (here's the Herald Times story)...

Eric Schansberg, Libertarian candidate for Indiana’s 9th Congressional District seat, held a town hall meeting Tuesday night to address potential voters.

About 15 members of the community attended the meeting at 6 p.m. at the Monroe County Public Library, including members of IU Students for Liberty.

The talk centered around tax policies, the national debt and health care. Attendees appreciated how Schansberg, who is an economics professor at IU Southeast at New Albany, was able to make the ideas easy to understand.

“The great thing about Schansberg’s spiel is it’s very tempered,” said Andrew Sharp, senior and IU Students for Liberty member. “He makes the Libertarian argument message seem very sensical.”

Schansberg said his economics knowledge greatly affects his understanding of government.

“If you’re an economist and you study public policy at the micro-level you see example after example where the government steps in and even with the best intentions causes all sorts of problems,” he said.

At the meeting Schansberg talked about Libertarian principles such as limited government, lowering taxes and spending, weakening the national government and strengthening state and local powers.

Schansberg is running for the second time in the hotly contested 9th District, which has switched between Republican Mike Sodrel and Rep. Baron Hill, D-9th District, for the past three elections. Still, Schansberg sees himself as “real change” to typical politicians.
“I’m not just some third-party fringe candidate,” he said. “I’m an economist. I’m credible; I know what I’m talking about. And your choice is either to send what we’ve already seen or you can send someone who is going to make an issue of these things.”
While he wants to win, Schansberg is not unrealistic about what he will accomplish.
“As much as I would like to win, make a splash, get double digits,” Schansberg said, “the other part of this is the platform.”

Schansberg said he is trying to change the national dialogue about politics and get more alternative opinions besides the two major parties.

“People really want change,” he said. “They want third parties; they want independence. The question is can a third party get enough above the radar?”

Brown County resident Barbara Gardner said people want more than two options.
“It’s important to have third, fourth and fifth choices. We need as many voices as we can get,” she said, adding, “It’s crucial. If we don’t have it, we don’t really have democracy anymore.”