Put simply, I am profoundly opposed to the vision of governance epitomized by then-mayor Kirk Humphreys when he declared that the government was willing to "cut a deal" with any businessperson who came to him. When businesspeople have to come to the government to "cut deals", and government can pick and choose who will be allowed to take the risk of attempting to start a business and who won't be, we are not free.
To those who say that a vote against MAPS is a vote against progress in Oklahoma City:
There is not one single proposed project in MAPS 3 - or in any of the previous versions of MAPS - that could not be done, probably much better, by a completely private effort. To those who would ask, "If that's true, why hasn't anybody done it?" I will simply ask what the government has done to obstruct such efforts.
I refer those who wish to know more about why an economy free from government interference is more effective to Principles of a Free Society.
The human race is divided into those who believe it is right to go after what they really want out of life, and those who don't.
The real battle today is between selfishness and altruism. This is the core of every conflict going on in the world today, not politics and economics. Politics and economics are not causes, but effects, the underlying cause of which is, in fact, morality.
For the record, I side with selfishness. As far as I'm concerned, being able to live my own life for my own sake is the only thing that gives Freedom any real meaning.