Friday, November 14, 2014

Don Zimmerman meets opponent at RLC Debate


"Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,"
Ephesians 6:14

Don Zimmerman faced off with his opponent in the Austin City Council district 6 runoff tonight.  While the debate was friendly and the candidates had meaningful areas of agreement, there was a clear difference in style.  Don's opponent argues that the district would be better served by a go-along-to-get-along representative, Don argues in favor of shaking up the status quo.



Highlights:
  • Libertarian leaning "Ron Paul Republican"  
  • Political liberty is a very, very, serious thing.
  • I'm all for singing kumbaya, but there comes a time you have to stand up for your liberties.
  • "I'm the only candidate in this city who has actually abolished a property tax."
Debate Notes:
  • Opponent has background in "workforce development"
  • Don on traffic: "We need road expansion."
    • Opposes rail on Guadelupe: "Just no good for moving people."
  • Opponent: Transportation problems are caused by land use.
  • Opponent endorses something along the lines of zero-based budgeting.
  • Don: "The spending habits have got to be broken."
    • Audit the City.
    • New City Manager.
  • Don: Homestead exemption "a step in the right direction."
    • Eliminate City Economic Development department.
    • 3% across the board budget cut.
    • Spending drives taxes.
  • Opponent: Restructure Austin Energy and Water.
  • Opponent: Militarization of police "frightening." 
  • Don: Appoint "technical people and engineers" to boards and commissions.
  • Don: Against sanctuary cities.
    • Opponent: For sanctuary cities.
  • Don: Singing kumbaya doesn't work.


Highlights:
  • City government doesn't respect rule of law.


Highlights:
  • Got to make city government follow rule of law.
  • Audit all city departments.
  • The people who know him best put him over the top.

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