Birthdate and place: August 19, 1971 Dallas, TX

Residence: Prince George's County

Family: Single

Education: BS, Computer Science, Tulane University, 1996

Professional experience: At age 19, Thibeaux was a Petty Officer Second Class in the U.S. Navy. One year later, he qualified as a Nuclear Reactor Operator. At Tulane University, he was Vice Commander of the Air Force ROTC Cadet Wing and Chair of the Media Board. As an officer, Thibeaux was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and was promoted to Captain. He currently is an information technology consultant with experience at many federal government agencies.

Key issues: Balance the Federal Budget, Increase Freedom, Improve National Security

Web site: http://fourliberty.org

E-mail address: campaign@lincecum.us

Telephone: 301-345-5396

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Congress, Dist. 4

Thibeaux Lincecum (Libertarian)

Q. How would you have voted on the $700 billion bailout/rescue package that Congress just approved?

I would have voted against any bailout.

Q. Is the bailout package a slippery slope? Can we expect other industries to need/request similar massive help and, if that's the case, how should the government respond?

Yes, using tax money to pay for the failure of ventures by businesses encourages more risky behavior in the future. The long term cost of this moral hazard will be greater than any short term stability that a bailout MIGHT provide, as industries will continue to pursue short term gain with long term risk, and that will be bad for the economy regardless of how government responds in the future.

Q. Some, like Sen. Cardin, have called for a Manhattan Project-type effort to address the nation's energy needs and to get the U.S. off foreign oil? What do you believe should be done?

If one source of energy becomes more expensive than alternatives, then those alternatives will be used instead. The market will ensure that we will have access to the most practical sources of energy, as long as government rules do not interfere. The federal government should not tax or subsidize any particular source of energy differently from other sources of energy.

Q. What are your top three priorities for the next two years, if elected?

Balance the Federal Budget by reducing spending on almost all government programs.

Increase Freedom by eliminating laws against 'victimless crimes.'

Improve National Security by stopping our interventions into foreign conflicts.

Q How would you rate the performance of the House of Representatives: excellent, good, fair or poor? Why?

The members of the House of Representatives have done a fair job of trying steer our nation well, while navigating shifting public opinion and pressure from their political party leadership. It's a difficult job, trying to stay true to one's own view of which action is right, while simultaneously trying to please other lawmakers from whom one needs cooperation and also please one's constituency. Congress could accomplish much more if each Representative would think of his or her membership as a service to the people, acting according to his or her personal values that were shared before being elected, without worrying about exchanging favors.

Q. Do you have a timeline on when the U.S. should pull out of Iraq?

I would support the chief executive's ordering the operational commander to begin withdrawal from Iraq immediately. I also support gradual military withdrawal from many other countries around the world.

Q. How should the government pay for the War on Terror and is it working?

By not trying to impose values or gain influence in other nations through the use of force, we remove incentives for others to attack us and can reduce our military spending. Total control is impossible, and pursuing it is counterproductive. The best guarantee for continued peace between nations is economic interdependence, and that results from free trade.

Q. Would you make any changes to the way the Department of Homeland Security is run?

I would drastically cut the size of the Department of Homeland Security, using it initially only to facilitate communication between established security agencies. While greater integration between security agencies might be a worthwhile goal, change should be undertaken more gradually, to avoid the gross mismanagement and waste that has accompanied the rapid growth of DHS.

Q. What should be done to reform Social Security, Medicare?

The federal government should get out of the insurance business by gradually phasing out Social Security and Medicare for new participants, while providing as much benefits as possible to those who have personally contributed to Social Security already.

Q. Should SCHIP be expanded? If yes, how would you pay for an expansion? If no, how would you ensure that people who need health and dental care get it?

No. To improve health care for those in need, the government should remove regulations which make it difficult for private charitable organizations to provide health care, and enhance tax deductions for charitable giving. To reduce health care costs, allow individuals to purchase health insurance and medical care for themselves with the same tax benefits given to employers and third parties, with any terms agreeable to themselves and the insurer, and lower drug costs by allowing doctors to rely on drug certification by multiple organizations, rather than only the FDA.

Q. What is your position on the death penalty?

Because the judicial system sometimes makes mistakes, I oppose the death penalty, but I would oppose the federal government dictating judicial rules to the states.

Q. What is your position on abortion?

I oppose federal prohibition or funding of abortion.

Q. Do you support the federal No Child Left Behind law?

Attaching incentives to only a few subjects undermines the teaching of all other subjects.

Q. What, if anything, should be done to assist homeowners at risk of losing their homes because of adjustable rate loans?

Homeowners who cannot pay their mortgages or refinance can sell and buy a smaller house or become renters, and when they do, that supports the natural movement of prices, making homes more affordable for everyone. Attempts to bail out any person (or corporation) with public funds is not fair to taxpayers who did not contribute the problem and wisely bought or rented residences they could afford. It also creates the same moral hazard that is created by bailing out businesses.

Q. Who should bear the costs of the changes wrought by BRAC?

One-time, non-recurring costs to the DoD necessitated by BRAC actions are funded out of the Base Closure Account. There is no obligation by the federal government or the state government to upgrade areas surrounding new or expanded bases for additional traffic and jobs, but it is in the interests of both that this happens. The state is justified in spending money to facilitate commerce and therefore increase its tax revenue. The DoD is justified in spending money to facilitate the operation of its bases, if needed, and the DoD is justified in choosing whether to increase the size of its operations in a state based on the state's commitment to support growth.

Negotiation is not a problem.

Q. What state transportation projects are a priority and how should we pay for them?

The Interstate Highway System was created to support rapid deployment of military resources in case of emergency. As national defense cannot be accomplished effectively by the states separately, this was an appropriate use of federal money. Enhancing the transportation system for non-defense purposes is better managed by state governments. As a Congressman, I would focus on lowering or eliminating federal taxes associated with transportation, such as the federal gas tax.