Candidate Survey: Brad Rohrs for Montgomery County Central Committee
Bradley St Rohrs
County and District
Peoples Republic of Montgomery County, Six Congressional District
B.S. Financial Economics, Accounting
Real Estate Investor, Broker
No prior office held
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Why are you running for office?
To defend our liberties, to reign in big government, defend life, and keep wealth in the hands of the citizens.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Barry Goldwater, Ron Paul, Donald Trump. All three of these stood up for what was right despite constant attacks from a biased media.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
Rediscovering Americanism: And the Tyranny of Progressivism. One of the more nuanced books that has been released in the past decade. It covers the philosophical foundations of our natural rights and documents the attempts made of the centuries to subvert liberty in order to concentrate power in the state. The manner in which the same anti-American tactics repeat themselves is made readily apparent. A critical read for anyone interested in the “why” behind what they may see as irrational progressive movements.
What do you see as the role of the Central Committee?
To win elections.
What is the biggest issue facing your county Republican Party?
Although the Montgomery County Republicans have done great work in bringing out votes for statewide elections, they have struggled in the past thirty years to win local elected office. Without victories it is difficult to have the systems and fund raising in place to make strong inroads. The good news is that this election cycle, we have a fantastic group of candidates supported by a motivated central committee that I believe will win several delegate seats and at least one council seat and state senator.
What are the three biggest issues facing the Maryland Republican Party?
(1) Gerrymandering, (2) lack of school choice, and (3) Hogans re-election.
(1) Gerrymandering is an unethical practice, regardless of party, that disenfranchises voters and makes a mockery of our elections. We must do the right thing and end gerrymandering in Maryland for good.
(2) Young children are trapped in failing schools while teachers unions cynically donate millions of dollars to candidates who vow to prevent those students from choosing schools where they could be successful. This prevents many of these students from ever achieving success and escaping the cycle of poverty. We have a moral duty as Republicans to help these children choose schools that are free of gangs and drugs, where the students are treated with dignity, where they can thrive and build a successful life.
We saw recently that Baltimore City schools, despite wasting so much money they couldn’t afford to heat their classrooms during the winter, were able to find the money to bus thousands of students to DC for a political rally. This is a shameful display of partisanship which is a microcosm of the corruption that goes on in Baltimore City. A city where the success of the students takes a backseat to the political ambitions of the social climbers occupying the government. Our children are our future, they aren’t pawns to be moved around a politicians chess board.
Unfortunately, Marylanders who are stuck in a democrat fostered cycle of poverty end up being reliable voters for the Democrats. The numbers tell us that when people are able to own a home and acquire a nest egg they are much more likely to vote Republican, therefore it is reasonable to conclude that by bringing wealth and prosperity to our state’s more destitute areas we will strengthen our party at the same time.
(3) Governor Hogan has been a tremendous force for good in Maryland. He inherited a state where jobs and businesses were fleeing and was able to usher in the beginning of a more business friendly and prosperous era for our state. He has laid out an ambitious framework for a revitalization of our infrastructure that should have every Marylander, regardless of political affiliation, excited. Meanwhile, many of his potential opponents from the Democrat party are promising to bring back the failed policies of Martin O’Malley. While it is true we have the most popular governor in the country, we need to work as hard as possible to ensure his reelection.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
100% Pro Life, conception to natural death
What is your position on taxes and spending?
With nearly 80% of my district unable to save enough money to retire more than 1 year, we need taxes cut significantly across the board. This doesn’t just mean an income tax reduction, we need to reduce taxes at every level from manufacturing to energy production which are passed on to our residents via higher costs. In Maryland our savings rate is under 5%, in many Asian countries the savings rates exceed 33%, this is not sustainable if we want to maintain our position as the greatest country on earth.
I understand in the past it’s been the modus operandi to simply roll the cost of big government into the national debt. We have unfortunately passed the point where we can simply “monetize the debt”, if our cost of money (interest rate) increases or the 21 trillion in debt continues to grow at a rapid rate we could rapidly become insolvent as a country. Many people have ignored this growing debt problem thinking will will always be able to borrow more money without consequence. Yet as I write this the interest we pay on our debt every year is over 10x what we pay for public research. That means if we had simply balanced the our countries checkbook we would be able to invest 1000% more into cancer research, 1000% more into next generation medicine, or simply returned more money to our citizens every year. We are just beginning to feel the crushing burden of debt around our neck, it’s going to get worse as the deficit grows.
As Milton Friedman said [paraphrased]: “all debt is eventually paid, either by the debtor or the lender”. Mathematically, we do not have the money to pay for the continued expansion of government. We either need to greatly reduce the size and scope of government on our terms in a controlled manner today, or we can deal with a financial collapse in the future that will make 2007 look like a walk in the park.
What is your position on gun rights?
100% Behind the second Amendment without any equivocation or reservation.
Do you believe that Maryland Republican Party primaries should be open to independent voters?
Do you believe that the state party and the county parties should be allowed to endorse in primary elections?
Do you believe that Maryland Republican Party auxiliary organizations should have a vote on the Maryland Republican Party executive committee?
Would you support limiting the terms of Maryland Republican Party officers to eight consecutive years in the same office?