Libertarian Shawn House
House, 53, lives in Columbia, Lancaster County. He is a 1982 graduate of Octorara High School and a graduate of DeVry University with a major in instrumental information. He is employed in the hemp industry, a crop that has many uses including textiles, paper, rope, bedding, oil and cannabis (marijuana). He is also chairman of the Pennsylvania Libertarian Party.
“I want to speak for the individuals,” he said, and added that it includes the right to grow marijuana in their yard and control their own use of it.
He acknowledges the size and diversity of the 16th District, which includes small businesses, agriculture and industry, many of which employ immigrant labor. While the issue of immigration looms large on the national scene, House said, “We are a country of immigrants... Let them come in and apply (for documentation )... I’ m not into building walls.”
When House looks at the political gridlock between political parties and the president in Congress, he said there are too many “Coke and Pepsi issues.” He said he wants Congress to have the authority to control military force, but there are other matters that should be in the hands of individuals. He said too many decisions are made by representatives who are hooked up with pharmaceuticals and other businesses.
He added that if individuals had more money to control themselves rather than supporting the Social Security and taxes, they would be more able to save for their own retirements as they chose.
In addressing the threats of enemies on the international scene, including ISIS, he said, that the United States has created its own enemies.
As for education, House said he likes the classics and advocates for children to learn to solve problems. He favors the abolition of the federal Department of Education and likes the idea of home-schooling.
In summary, he said legalizing hemp and cutting out government waste are his major issues.