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Greetings,
       My name is Dan Hogan and I am your Libertarian candidate for United States Congress for the 3rd District of Missouri. It has become more and more obvious that the current two party system isn't working and that our country is in great need of change. The two major parties can't seem to work together, and even more disturbing, just seem unwilling to do so.
     It is time that we put people in office who have experience working with others in order to achieve a common goal...a better future for Americans everywhere. Please take the time to read through my website, and don't forget to vote!
Please note that this campaign will not accept funds or donations from any source.
About Dan
Dan was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama where he graduated from J.O. Johnson High School. In 2006 Dan married his wife Crystal, with whom he shares a three year old daughter. 

After finishing an enlistment in the Army Dan started a new career in railroading, which eventually brought him to the St. Louis area. 

Military Service
Reserve Components (Army and Air), Staff Sergeant (ANG)
1998-2009
   - Network Switiching Sysytems Operator (Army) 
   - Health Care Manager (Air Force)

Active Duty (Army), Sergeant
2009-2012
   - Senior Transmission Systems Operator
   - NCOIC Batallion S-6 Shop
   - Deployed to Afghanistan (4/2011-1/2012)

Education
Community College of the Air Foce
   - Associate of Applied Science, 2009

Ashworth College
   - Bachelor of Science, 2009

Peru State College
   - Bachelor of Applied Science, 2013
   - Master of Science in Org. Mgmt., In-progress
   - Alphi Chi College Honor Society, Nebraska Delta Chapter

Affiliations
Veterans of Foreign Wars
   - Post 1; Denver, CO
   - Life Member

​American Legion

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

Lafayette Lodge No. 16 AF&AM; Manhattan, KS
   - Perpetual Life Member
   - Past Junior Warden

Isis Shrine (Shriners)
    (Shrine center founded in 1887 in Salina, Kansas and named after Egyptian Goddess. Not to be confused with  any other organization of recent notoriety, or whose acronym utilizes the same four letters.) 
     

​Scottish Rite

(Note*: Listing of affiliations does not imply endorsement.)
​Platform
Personal Freedom
The government has no compelling interest in what happens when the action involves a consenting adult(s).

Seatbelt laws, helmet laws, prostitution laws; all of these are victimless crimes which infringe on personal freedoms. In the case of seatbelts and helmets I firmly believe in their effectiveness and will continue to use them. However, people have the right to self-determination and are aware of the risks associated with lack of use. Leave these decisions up to adults, the government is neither their parents nor their babysitters.

In regards to prostitution, this too is a victimless crime as all parties are entering in to a business contract. This activity should be regulated as we would any other small business under civil law, with certain additional regualtions in place to accomodate the significant differences from more tradtional businesses.

Veterans and Military
Veterans

It is imperative that work is done to resolve issues and ensure that our Veterans are getting the post-service care that they both need and deserve. I will work closely with the VA and Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) in an effort to close gaps in coverage and benefits.
I will also work to improve the VA healthcare system by working to create systems which will significantly reduce, if not eliminate, the long wait lists. We must ensure that Veterans see care providers in a timely manner. I will also work to improve the quality of care that Veterans receive from the VA.

When it comes to Veteran suicides and homelessness, one is too many. While Congress has passed legislation I do not believe that they have been proactive enough in addressing the issue. I will work to ensure that programs are created so that they are more accessible and widely known.

Military
I believe in a strong national defense and I believe that ensuring that our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and Guardians are properly equipped at all times. While I do not believe that military action is always the appropriate course, I know that sometimes it is necessary. It is inexcusable to send our Warfighters into combat zones without the appropriate equipment and training. I want to make sure that our services have the operating budgets that they need.

It is ludicrous that every time the Congress can’t come to terms on a budget they simply shut down. What is even more unimaginable is that they simply stop paying members of the military until the budget conflict is resolved. I will introduce legislation that protects military and Veteran pensions in the event of a government shutdown and ensures that those checks will not stop.

Congressional Issues
The fact that a person is able to continuously get elected to Congress for decades on end is preposterous. Holding such offices should be a temporary duty and not a career. The ability of career politicians to repeat as a member of Congress prevents the flow of new and free thoughts and ideas. I will work towards the creation of a constitutional amendment which will term limit congress. This plan will limit members to a combined 12 years in the congressional bodies.
If elected to the US House of Representatives I will self impose a term limit not to exceed 3 terms.

I believe that congressional pensions should be eliminated.

I will introduce legislation that prevents the congress from receiving pay if there is a failure to pass a budget by required deadlines.

Railroads
Crew Consists

I know that the railroads in this country are vital to our economy. I am also aware of some of the many concerns that are related to them. I support the two person crew consists for freight trains operating as road jobs. While I support the implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC), I support two person consists without regard to its implementation.

Railroad Retirement
I will protect Railroad Retirement from being pilfered to subsidize other government programs.
Railroad Signals

I support a standardized national signal system. I believe that this will improve safety and eliminate confusion for crews that operate over multiple railroad territories.

Railroad Safety
A growing trend of concern has been taking photos on railroad tracks. This fad has caused a growing number of deaths and is resulting in literal final photos of youth and adults alike.
While there is little that can be done to enforce trespaasing on railroad tracks when Law Enforcemnet isn't present there is something that can be done to prevent tresspassing for the purposes of professional photographic services. Any professional photographer who knowingly and willfully takes clients to live railroad tracks will face harsh penalties.
 
Additionally, there seems to be a lack of concern by many when it comes to railroad grade crossing warnings. Many motorists have died due to impatience and have driven around automatic warning devices only to be struck and killed by trains. This effects not only the driver, but passengers in the car as well as the train crews. 
 
If elected, I will present legislation to make it a federal offense to trespass on railroad tracks. Motorists will face harsh punishments for bypassing automatic warning devices while passengers are present in the vehicle. These punishments will be elevated in the event that any passenger is under the age of 18 at the time of infraction.  


Economy and Taxes
Foreign Aid

I will fight against foreign aid and work to make it domestic aid. Our government spends billions overseas regularly while our infrastructure is crumbling. Our bridges and dams are behind on inspections and are being used well past life expectancies. It is time we stop spending money to strengthen other nations and start working to strengthen our own.

Taxes
We constantly see members of congress talk about strengthening the economy and the need to put more money into the pockets of working Americans. However, few of them seem to provide solutions. I will propose legislation to abolish the federal income tax and replace it with a consumption tax.

A consumption tax places you, the American taxpayer, in charge of how much you pay in taxes. This will also place more money in your pocket on pay day because you will no longer see deductions related to income tax. You may then do with the money as you please.

The everyday American pays more in taxes than big corporations and this needs to stop. Shouldn’t the people get taxed LESS than big business?

Capital gains taxes should be eliminated.

Economy
How do we strengthen the economy? We put more money in the pockets of Americans. When Americans have more money they can put back in to our struggling economy. By replacing income tax with a consumption tax people may also have the extra money they need to start the small businesses which help our economy grow.

Student Loans
Student loans shouldn’t be a money making operation for the government. When American parents loan their children money for school do they expect interest? If not, then why should the government? If the government expects interest on student loans it should not exceed ½%.

Budget
A budget must be settled and passed. Resolutions that are nothing more than continuances of the previous budget are nothing more than a band-aid on a worsening problem. Congress must work to enact a budget and do so in a timely manner.

Gun Rights
I firmly believe that it is not the gun that kills, but the operator. Because of this I recognize that taking guns and 2nd Amendment rights away from law abiding citizens is fruitless in preventing and eliminating gun crimes and deaths. A gun in the hand of a good person is not a weapon, but a tool which can mean the difference between catastrophic loss of life or only that of the attacker. 

I will work and vote against any action that would seek to deny law abiding citizens their constitutional right to own, keep, and bear arms.

Abolish the Patriot Act & NDAA
While this country needs and effective security program in these trying times, it does not mean the government should have the ability to overstep their bounds and spy on citizens at will or arrest and hold them without valid probable cause.

​Stop the War on Drugs
The war on drugs has cost this country trillions in not only efforts to combat drugs but also in residual costs associated with court and confinement.

Legalize Marijuana
Most users aren’t traffickers; they are “social” users with no other intention than to get high. We currently allow alcohol yet we outlaw marijuana. Legalize marijuana and tax it in the same manner that we currently tax alcohol and tobacco.

Health Care
I believe that everyone should have access to health care and from that perspective I agree with certain portions of the Affordable Care Act. However, I disagree with the requirement for people to possess health care and the government's assumption that it is allowable to fine individual's who do not have it. Health care plans should be a choice and not a requirement since my health has no bearing the on the physical health of another. If you choose not to maintain a plan you should not be fined for it. 
  
Immigration
I have no issues with anybody coming to the United States as long as it is done legally. I will welcome anybody into this nation who has taken the same procedures to enter as we would expect from anyone else, or that would be expected from us when we travel to another country.

I do not support amnesty as the opportunity has been available to obtain the documents necessary to stay within our borders legally. Other problems created with amnesty are identifying and clarifying who would be eligible. I believe that granting amnesty would result in an influx of immigrants claiming eligibility. 

We need to work to secure our borders by taking the steps necessary to vet immigrants and refugees alike in order to help ensure that we do not meet with the unintended consequences of accidentally allowing in terrorists or criminals.

To be clear, this is not a problem that specifically relates to immigrants of Mexican origin. The problem persists across the country with individuals who have overstayed their visa's or found other avenues to enter or stay within the country illegally. 
 

Religious Freedom & Marriage Equality
I believe that every American has the right to worship as they see fit, however the interloping of government and religion is unacceptable. When it comes to religious freedom and marriage equality one does not impact the other. I believe in marriage equality. The constitution guarantees equal protections under the law and does so without regard to race, religion (or lack thereof), sex, or sexual orientation.  When it comes to marriage, the act has become a civil contract which is overseen by government, which precludes the government from discriminating in presenting marriage licenses to consenting adults. 

Churches and Marriage Equality
As it pertains to churches, though the government may recognize a marriage, a church is under its own authority not to recognize it based on their particular beliefs. 

Private Business
As it pertains to private businesses, a business owner withholds the right to refuse service to any customer at any time for any reason. If the owner decides to make the decisions on religious merit, that is of their own concern and not that of the government. If a private business owner makes the decision to refuse service based on religion they should be able to do so without the ability of those refused to litigate. The business owner can do so understanding that they must deal with whatever publicity, whether positive or negative, comes with it. 

Litigation
If a customer is refused service based on a private business owners personal religious beliefs litigation should not be an option. Our legal system is overburdened as it is without the addition of that avenue. Those refused should simply find a business who is willing to serve them.
Let the free market decide!

Government Employees
The constitution of the United States prohibits the establishment of religion. A person in the employ of a government is, when acting within their capacity, a representative of the government. When acting within official governmental capacities a person does not maintain the right the refuse service based on personal religious beliefs, refusal based on religious grounds would constitute a de-facto establishment of government religion. A person in a tax-payer funded position (whether elected or appointed) acting within their official capacities must ensure equal protections at all times without regard to personally held beliefs.