You may know him from his persona of "Kane" in the WWE, but Glenn Jacobs is running for office.
Hopefully, he'll take a Big Boot, Chokeslam, Flying Clothesline, Sidewalk Slam, Throat Thrust, Tilt-a-Whirl Slam, and Tombstone Piledriver to government.
The following is from our interview with Glenn Jacobs…
LV: You're currently running for mayor of Knox County, Tennessee. Why should people vote for you?
GJ: Well, if they like low taxes, and for government to stay out of their lives as much as possible, that's what I'm all about. Free enterprise is the greatest wealth generating machine ever and, I'd like to see… I think if we allowed the market to be unleashed, we could be a beacon the rest of the country and the rest of the world what the free enterprise system could accomplish, and that's a lot.
LV: You've talked about your support for the concept of federalism, where states and localities should have more power in order for the federal government to have less. What powers do you think Knox County should utilize more?
GJ: Oh, gosh. Well, if you look at what powers have actually been granted to the federal government by our Constitution, it's really not much. Most of the powers have been, are reserved for the states. That's really where the Constitutional shift of power has occurred in a way from the states to the federal government. There's just so many things that the federal government currently does, it's really overarching. What they do, of course, is things for the feds to force their will by taking money from the residents in the states, and then if you don't go with this particular program, well, we're not going to give this money back, the federal government implies to each state. In a way they're essentially bribing us with our own money. That has to stop.
The great thing about America is, under a federal arrangement- and there's a difference between federal and national… let's back that up a second.
Federal arrangement means most of the powers are reserved to the states, but national means the states are divisions of the federal government. The great thing is, like Ronald Reagan said, you have states that are competing in this way, allows people to vote with their feet. That arrangement is set to allow, even encourage a greater degree of freedom. You already see this to some extent, you need to know we have income tax, nationally. But lower tax jurisdictions and the jurisdictions which are more business friendly are doing better than ones that aren't. To some extent, you could replicate that at an even more local level as well. I'd like to see Knox County have more decisions over where the money that we collect through taxation is spent, as opposed to what happens now, where the state still collects a lot of it and then sends some of that back or funds their own programs. I think it'd be better if we had more of a say in where our own is spent.