Current Occupation: Program Manager and Subject Matter Expert | Birthdate: 07/28/1976
Sanders was born on July 28, 1976, in Columbus, Ohio. He currently lives in Irving, Texas, where he serves as Program Manager and Subject Matter Expert for a privately held commercial software firm. Previously, he has worked for NASA and the US Army Contracting Command HQ. Sanders identifies as Christian.
He is a member of the NASA Johnson Space Center Information Technology Working Group. In 2011, he was appointed as the Information Technology Governance Counsel for NASA, under the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). He sat on the Budget Line of Business Collaboration Workgroup for NASA and the DoD. He is a former contributing member of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) professional collaboration group. He received the coveted “I am an Innovator” award from NASA, for creating NASA’s Real-Time Financial Project Management System that upon implementation saved the almost 4% in budget over-runs. He holds five US Patents in Science and Technology. A draft of his doctoral thesis was the core foundation of the 25 Point Plan to Reform Federal Information Technology. He is a Freemason and an ordained minister. Sanders holds a B.S. in chemistry, an M.S. in computer science and is a Doctor of Business Administration in Applied Computer Science.
Why are you running for office?
I am Ben Sanders, a Texas Businessman who has worked for liberty for 15 years. I want to be the next Comptroller of Texas because America and Texas are at a pivotal crossroads. My previous work experience includes positions at NASA and the U.S. Army. I hold degrees in biochemistry, computer science, and a doctorate in Business Administration. I am qualified and ready to lead.
Our liberty and economic well-being will be lost if we do not act swiftly to maintain our sovereignty. I appreciate the fiscal dangers and hardship of my fellow Texans, and I have a plan to restore Texas. I am the only Comptroller candidate who has willing released their Tax Returns. If you can't trust and believe in your Comptroller to claim their Taxes correctly and honestly, how can you trust them to manage your money for the State of Texas.
How do you feel about the core principles and mission of the TNM?
|Strongly disagree||Disagree||Neutral||Agree||Strongly agree|
|Texas is a nation with a distinct culture, economy and government.|
|Texas should always be politically, culturally, and economically independent.|
|The basic political building block of Texas is the individual.|
|The basic economic building block of Texas is the entrepreneur.|
|The basic cultural building block of Texas is the family.|
|Texans should have the ability to engage in the full enjoyment of their natural rights.|
|The interests of Texas supersede the interests of all other nations and states.|
|The power to determine Texas's political, cultural, and economic destiny should reside solely in the hands of the Texan people.|
|Texas's unique history serves as the foundation for our current and future greatness.|
|There is no challenge that cannot be overcome by the individual initiative and collective will of Texans.|
|Texas would be better off as an independent nation.|
|Texas should become an independent nation.|
|Texans should be able to vote on becoming an independent nation.|
In your own words, please describe the meaning of Article 1 Section 1 of the Texas Constitution.
It is very clear, Texas is a free and independent State, subject only to the Constitution of the United States. I watch money increase currently Texas receives almost 33% of its revenue from the Federal Government that's $32.5 billion dollars. For every dollar we pay out to the Federal Government, Texas gets back 57 cents. Only New York, Massachusetts, Ohio, Nebraska, Illinois, New Jersey and Delaware got less back than Texas. You can't be a Free and Independent State if you you are paying out more than you are getting back. As we learned from the Federal Shutdown how can we have so many Non-Essential Federal Agencies and why are we paying to support them? With permanent Federal Budget cuts following the furlough guidelines we could save $450Billion annually on the Federal Budget.
In your own words, please describe the meaning of Article 1 Section 2 of the Texas Constitution.
This is the core principal of the Libertarian Party. Like many of you I had been a life long Republican, because I didn't know there was a choice, and then I took the World's Smallest Political Quiz and found out I was actually a Libertarian, all be it, on the conservative which was no surprise with my education, upbringing, and career choices. Back in October of 2013 after finally having enough of seeing the abuse of the citizens, the Government’s flagrant disregard for the US Constitution and State’s Rights, rising taxes, out of control spending, I turned to the members of the Texas Libertarian party and asked one simple e-mail question. “What can I do to help?” That small and humbling plea was answered by John Spivey and some others who set me on this whirl wind of an experience that will surely change my life. They asked to review my resume and credentials and collectively they believed I was an ideal candidate for Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, and asked me run and support the party. I believe the greatest strength of the Libertarian party is its diversity and our willingness to embrace change and accept new comers with different and unique ideas. The exact same things that make America the greatest nation.
In your own words, please describe the meaning of the 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Again to me it is very clear and simple, but the Federal Government ignores this Amendment, and the 1992 revision, because it is inconvenient to them and their existence. Unfortunately with politics there are two parts first is the votes, but just as important as with all endeavors is the financial aspect. With as much money as Texas sends to Washington, we have the power to affect change with our checkbook.
Why should supporters of the Texas Nationalist Movement support your candidacy?
You, as stated by our nation's Founding Fathers, have the inalienable right to live, be free and prosper to your fullest potential without hindrance from any person or entity. You have the freedom to pursue your happiness as long as you respect others' rights to pursue theirs. You are responsible for your personal choices, able to take care of yourself and capable to do for others as you expect them to do unto you. Conversely, others are free to live their lives as they see fit and are responsible for their choices. We believe in tolerance toward others and respect for self-sovereignty. Your government's principal function is to protect your freedom, your unalienable rights of Life, Liberty and Property, all crucial rights for building a free and prosperous society. Government should be of the necessary size and scope, as outlined in the United States and Texas Constitutions, to efficiently support its constitutional duties and effectively maintain the rule of law. My vision of government is of a government strictly confined to its constitutional role, a government that respects civil liberties, recognizes that the individual is more important than the State, exercises fiscal restraint and understands that each generation must pay its own debts, believes in free markets and practices a non-interventionist foreign policy of "peace toward all, entangling alliances with none."