Why Government Doesn't Work: How Reducing Government Will Bring Us Safer Cities, Better Schools, Lower Taxes, More Freedom and Prosperity for All
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A platform summation by the libertarian candidate for president states that big government is ineffective and behind most of American society's ills and proposes a redefined government that will improve such areas as education, violence, and taxes.
war thing, should we go on to Baghdad or wrap it up here?” No one was going to ask your advice on waging the war. Your ideas about how it should be handled were just idle daydreams. This is government, not Burger King; nothing is done your way. Not under your Control You don’t control the government. And your dreams of what government can achieve are just that — dreams. They bear no resemblance to what government will really do if your program is enacted. No one can control the government. Most
quotas, 6 Harry Browne / Why Government Doesn’t Work why programs to improve the economy end in recession and inflation, and why plans to help the poor enlarge their numbers. Identify the Solutions Part II examines specific issues — showing how government created the problems the politicians now pretend they can solve, and showing how we can solve these problems. We will see: • How crime, education, and welfare went from minor problems in the 1950s to major scandals in the 1990s — and how we
COERCION Government is a powerful tool. But it’s far easier to put it in motion than to control it. When government is involved, nothing ever seems to work out as intended. Discussions about a new government program always focus on those who “need help” — the people who will benefit immediately. They may be the intended recipients of government checks, or employees whose pay will be boosted, or companies whose markets will be enhanced. This is the stuff of great dreams. But the dreams — of
New World” by Doug Bandow, Cato Institute Policy Analysis 226, May 15, 1995, page 22. An Effective National Defense 151 government causes. Many countries might have found prosperity decades ago if U.S. foreign aid hadn’t enabled their governments to persist with devastating socialist policies. Israel is a good example. It’s populated by some of the finest minds and hardest-working people in the world. Their determination to resist invasion has saved them from extinction. Such a country
savings and drags down the entire economy. Today’s income tax is incompatible with a free and prosperous society. So whatever taxes are needed must be collected without the oppression and terror of the current system. Sales Tax One possibility is to put a 5% retail sales tax in its place. To prevent it from becoming a political football, there should be no exemptions — not for food, medicine, or anything else. And it must be automatically terminated when the federal debt is fully retired. Most