Voodoo Economics has taken root in D.C.
Our current politician-in-chief believes that all businesses in the US are price gouging and they
should "just stop." He and his party spend as much as they want
and then complain loudly about "shrinkflation", confusing cause and effect.
The previous politician-in-chief believes that the US should levy punitive tariffs on anyone
he has a grudge against. His future plans include a general 10% tariff on all,
friend or foe. His party representatives believe that tariffs
enrich Americans at the expense of China and all others. Exactly the opposite is true.
A Groveling Congress
Professional life-long politicians from super-safe gerrymandered districts are complicit in all of this.
Our representatives rubberstamp
these crazy economic views to benefit their special interest groups.
At stake - your future, your children's future
The current crop of bad economic policies includes industrial policy that doles
out money to preferred firms for "national security driven on-shoring".
How about goosing up the economy to fight Covid when the pandemic is
long gone? Or fiscal policy that drives up prices while claiming to be
fighting inflation? And lets not forget the patently unfair student loan forgiveness that adds
billions to the national debt.
Policies in the last century and more, whether stemming from desires to "not waste crises" or
from economic illiteracy, are now showing us the resulting
loss in competitiveness, in productivity, in dependence economics, in divisiveness and hatred. The new policies
will only add to the unsustainability of our national debt, wage/price inflation, taxes. Our children
will not find that world a pretty one to live in.
Not too late to turn the ship around
Our world will be richer if people are empowered to maximize what they produce
and to keep more of their product. Our world will be more peaceful if people don't see
zero-sum games that enrich others at their expense. Such a world needs policies that
reduce government intrusion in the lives of Americans and set them free.
Americans know full well that
free societies prosper, and coercive societies fail. And yet, we move towards creating a more
controlling and coercive society,
for political expediency or from sheer incompetence of the people
we elect. With time and determination, we can turn this ship around.
As your representative, I will always work to support laws that
increase individual freedoms, and work to repeal those that reduce them.
I will support general laws that apply to everyone equally. I will
support laws that promote and increase trade of lawful goods.
It may be a while before
you can see the arc but with your support and vote, and other like-minded people, we can get started.
Let me count the ways
Americans endure thousands of bone-headed and intrusive, policies, regulations and laws. Some are explicit,
others are hidden from our sight in a complex tax code. Some are supposedly for consumer protection, some
for social engineering, some purely for special interest profit. All of them are unjust.
Eliminate Licensure Laws. Requiring providers to undergo years
of training and education before they are allowed to provide paid services to the public
is damaging to the economy.
Simplify Tax Filing. The complexity of our tax code is by design. Special interests
thrive on their ability to lobby for their tax breaks.
Reform the Tort System. Why would you sue yourself, collect damages, receive
a small pittance for yourself while giving a huge chunk to lawyers? Yet that
is what shareholder lawsuits are.
War on Drugs. Legalize Most/All Drugs. The war on drugs has failed from
the very start. This war should be stopped.
Civil Forfeiture. Civil Forfeiture is a pernicious
tool that evolved out of the War on Drugs. We need to abolish it.
Unshackle business from Labor Monopolies. We don't want
monopolies in the supply of goods and services. We also want to eliminate Government
created monopolies in the supply of labor.
Separate Immigration from Work Permits Issuance. The US needs labor to
work in its fields and factories. There is no reason to tie the import of this
labor to immigration considerations.
Parents should control where their children study. Preparing their kids
for adulthood is the most important job for all parents. Which school their kids
go to has to be a part of their overall decision about educating their children.
Our Entitlements and Debt obligations are out of control. Uncontrolled
federal spending has pushed our debt/GDP levels into uncharted peacetime territory.
With interest rates projected to be higher for longer (to tamp down inflation caused
by among other things, the wage price spiral discussed previously), the debt service
costs alone are expected to exceed $1T annually.
This is by no means an exhaustive list but all impede
the core freedoms that form the foundation of a free society: the rights to own and enjoy property,
speak freely, earn a living, and have a meaningful choice in your children’s education.
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