Without out writing a huge dissertation, which I do not have the time to do, I will condense my thoughts/opinions/philosophy. If I use the term “man” or "he" it means men and women.
In past posts I have included 3 quotes:
“You can’t eat your cake and have it too” – this means man must have the ability to reason. From this ability came the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution of the United States of America. Spending more money than you have is not rational or the result of reason. But most of our politicians and Big Government do not possess the ability to reason.
“Give me liberty, or give me death” – refers to politics or the ideal political-economic system, which is laissez-faire capitalism. This is a system where men deal with each other voluntarily in the exchange of goods and services. Not all men can own businesses and create goods and services. But business owners need workers. The workers sell their time to the employer; that is called pay. If a worker has a valuable skill, he can chose who he wants to sell his skill to… that means he can chose what company he wants to work for; assuming he has a skill that someone wants and needs.
“…life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” – the foundation of the American system of capitalism, which recognizes the need for a limited government, created by the people to protect the natural rights of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
The function of this government is to protect the individual rights of man, to include his property. There are only three legitimate functions of government:
1. Police to protect individuals against criminals.
2. A military to protect against foreign invaders.
3. Courts to settle disputes according to the laws of men.
There must be a separation of Government and Religion; Government and Economics.
Man’s right to his own life, property (this was in the original draft), liberty, and pursuit of happiness = man’s right to exist for his own sake; not for the sake of others. The moral code that defines this is capitalism. The anti-thesis of this moral code is altruism, which is living for the sake of others. Altruism’s political systems include Fascism, Nazism, Communism, and Socialism among others.
The rights of one man cannot violate the rights of another man.
America has never known pure capitalism, but it is the closest any country or society has gotten. American capitalism has been on the decline since 1890 (you figure out what happened).
But our form of government does allow us to change our current situation to laissez-faire capitalism, although in practicality it will be pretty darn tough to do, with so many citizens hoping for the government to take care of them.
It is not the government’s role to delve into the realm of trade or production. Nor is it the role of government to provide an economic standard of living or benefits to its citizens. These things are the responsibility of the individual. It is the government’s role to protect its citizens from invaders, killers, thieves, and the like. Government should not be involved with production or distribution. Government should NOT be involved with, build or set up:
- Price controls
- Minimum wages
- Regulatory Agencies
- Price supports for any industry or segment of the population
- Build or manage schools
- Social Security Insurance
- Health Care or Health Care Insurance
- Trade Tariffs
- Post Offices
- Manufacturing Plants
- Bus transportation
- Rail Roads
- Provide subsidies
- Etc, etc., etc.
America revolutionized the world and created a standard of living second to none. What appears to be the decline in America is the result of its mixed economy, which is accelerating from capitalism to socialism. It is almost a runaway train, but we can stop it.
Tom and Lynn want to know what my solution would be. So the question is, can we fix 100 plus years of the sins of Big Government in a short time? I can provide some suggestions, but I cannot address every single detail in this post. So here is the “view from 10,000 feet.” These solutions would have to be accomplished in stages.
The goal would be to move the government to the three essential functions presented earlier: police, military, and courts. Our legislative and executive branches handle the last two, and local governments the first.
Privatize all public infrastructures. This would have to be done in gradual steps. They would be sold to the highest bidders. There would be no exclusive franchises. I could choose between competitors to provide me utilities, trash disposal, roadways, trains, buses, airport terminals, etc. I would pick the companies that provide me the best service and value for my money. Could you imagine driving the 140 miles from Palm Springs to LAX using either the 60 or 10 freeway, and the owner of each freeway would have to compete for my business? We could probably generate more than enough revenue to pay off our national debt, and the surplus could be refunded to the taxpayers. We would pay back the money stolen from us in taxes. Probably best to start with the 2010 income tax and pay it back. If there is money left, we would pay back each year until all the money generated from the sale of infrastructure would be liquidated. Only those who paid income tax would receive any money.
If we eliminated all the government agencies except our 3 critical functions, Americans would have to pay almost no taxes at all on a per person basis. They would have money for health care and retirement. They could afford a quality education. Schools would have to compete to attract the best teachers. Good teachers could command higher pay. Businesses would have more surplus money to invest, which will create more jobs.
And what about the minority who truly cannot work or take care of themselves. They would have to rely on the charity of those better off. And Americans do give to others, only we prefer to do it of our own volition, not at the point of the tax collector's gun.
The only losers might be some government workers, because we will eliminate their jobs and they may not have a saleable skill. If the services they provided in government work are of any value, then they could sell them to the people. If no one is willing to pay for them… oh, well.