SAN ANGELO, TX — Rodeo bareback and saddle bronc athlete Wacey Alpha Cody is on the ballot for congress to represent CD-11. He applies the same common, no nonsense approach to good government as he does to bucking horses.
He originally lost in the stacked Republican primary election field for this elected position in March but he said he learned that Republican and conservatism aren’t exactly the same anymore. Hence, he jumped to the Libertarian Party and kept his campaign alive.
“It wasn’t me leaving the Republican Party, it was me learning what the party really represented,” he said.
Cody isn’t a fan of the huge federal government bailouts that happened this year in the wake of the reaction to the coronavirus pandemic. He especially didn’t like the way government ordered some businesses closed.
“Any time you take from one sector and give to another sector, and it’s central government control, I don’t know what you’d call it but Communism,” he said.
On health care insurance policy, Cody noted that free health care isn’t really free.
"Theres nothing in life free, someone is paying for it somewhat,” he said.
He wants government out of the health care business and he argued that doing so will bring down costs because of more free enterprise competition. “If we go back to free enterprise and supply and demand, costs will begin to come down,” he said.
He proposes a flat 10 percent income tax rate. “The government gets a dime, you keep 90 cents,” he said. As the federal government reduced in size, he promised that moving federal workers to the private sector will be a boon for the economy. At the same time, he called for tort reform to remove frivolous lawsuits from the business climate.
“Loser pays,” he said of how that could happen.
Watch the full interview above.
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