Tonight we delve back into the fantasy candidate series from Jon Smith. For those who read Jon’s site as well as this one, he has already posted this article there. However, there are quite a few of you here that do not regularly frequent Jon’s site, so I wanted to make sure that this gets seen by all of you as well. Tonight we delve into the positions that Jon’s fantasy candidate would take on existing legislation that we should be working to repeal. I have tried to think about everything on the list and I don’t see any of these that would be bad to repeal. But I do absolutely agree with Jon that on many of them we would have to take a slow approach that allows the pain from elimination to be minimal. I think that this part of the series will perhaps be the one that has the most constructive discussion around it. I will be interested in seeing what areas you think he missed, or what areas that he hit that you disagree with. I know that some of them seem to be simply “anti-Democrat” positions, such as health care, but if you are against repealing it, please explain why. I will do my best to be involved in the discussion on this article over the next few days as well.
Fantasy Candidate Part 4 – Repeal It All!
by Jon Smith
Ok, maybe not all of it, we are not ready for that. The hardest part about this section will be prioritizing and limiting what needs repealing in order to not shock the system too severely. Again this is not being limited based on realism of some proposal actually getting passed, because almost none of this I have mentioned would pass unless it was perfectly marketed, and maybe not even then unless the “fantasy candidate” I am brainstorming about was, in fact, a fantasy team of about 30+ Senators and a couple hundred House members. In the current climate, of course, there is a slight possibility of that, but I digress. The point is to stick with common sense stuff that we can honestly support as moving in the right direction.
So on to the list. It is not small, but I will try to keep it limited to the most important pieces.
1) Health Care. This is sort of a no brainer to me. The financial impact of this, the impact on the quality of health care, and the very notion of forced purchase make this a must go.
2) No Child Left Behind. Which turned out to be more of a “no child educated properly” act. The limitations on schools, and even the basic concept of trying to federally run schools, when one of the problems with schools is already the cookie cutter approach to education, is absolutely ridiculous. That, and teaching to pass a test is not the same as educating a person.
3) The Patriot Act and anything like it. All of this security over freedom crap has to go. Privacy invasion, false sense of security, increased costs on the airline industry, and a host of other stuff in this act was way out of line. Even much of the stuff before it having to do with the FBI and CIA and other agencies was really pushing it.
4) Bush’s Prescription Drug program. This was one of those things that really bumped up the cost of government health care. It may not be as bad as Obamacare, but it should be rolled back none the less. We need to get the entitlements under control.
5) Regulatory powers of the EPA. The EPA has blocked a lot of good environmental action because they are idiots and want control, rather than an actual clean environment. If we need an EPA for studies and enforcement, fine, but they should not have the power to issue regulations.
6) The FDA, I actually like my fellow blogger Matthius’ proposal for this. In a recent debate here at SUFA, USWeapon presented a plan to get rid of the FDA. It was pretty good. A stepped version that Mathius presented was also pretty good, and while it removed power slower, it was a little less scary for people who actually think the FDA is a good thing. Basically, it involved a very basic level of FDA oversight with a labeling system that clearly stated whether or not something had FDA approval or not, and it allowed competing quality test companies to offer their stamp of approval as an alternate.
8 ) The Wars we are currently fighting and the presidential powers associated with that. We need to end the wars we are in, what happens over there is not our business. If we were going to get a job done that we have not finished yet, then we should have done it for real instead of playing nation building games. Any handing over to the President the authority to engage in war that was done prior to Iraq, or heck even back to Vietnam needs to be stricken. Congress has sole authority to begin military conflict.
9) Regulatory power of the FCC. See #5. We do not want them controlling communications. At all.
10) The War on Drugs, at least as it pertains to non-manufactured (natural) drugs. If the states want to restrict drugs, fine, but we need to phase the feds out of it. Any naturally occurring narcotic or drug should not have federal restriction or enforcement, whether it is being imported or locally grown.
11) Restrictions on owning gold or other precious metals and commodities. That this was allowed to start with amazes me, and proves that this generation is not the first to allow major freedoms to be taken away with very little convincing.
12) Phase out business subsidies, put a freeze on farm subsidy levels. Any businesses currently being subsidized will have those subsidies phased out. Any currently “owned” will be sold on the open market, again over time to prevent a crash. Farms are a harder sell, but subsidy levels should be frozen, and restrictions on qualifications should be gradually increased. This must be carefully balanced to prevent a food crisis, but it must be done to, well, prevent a food crisis.
13) Remove restrictions on Energy production, including drilling and Nuclear limitations. We could be producing a LOT more energy a lot cheaper, and without depending on foreign oil if we were not blocked at every turn by restrictions and regulations and moratoriums.
14) Remove the Federal Minimum Wage, leave it to the states. Minimum wage hurts the lowest income bracket the most, even tho it is supposed to help them. Sort of like income tax helping the super rich the most, even tho it is suppose to hurt them. If the states want to hurt their poor, fine, but the Feds need to lay off.
15) Rescind the authorization to build a wall and the czar’s overreaching authority to get it done. Even if you support living in a walled country for some reason, look into the authorization granted by congress for a wall. The cost and authority is mind blowing.
16) Roll back tax levels on dividends and capital gains. We need to get the investment structure moving again. Making it easier to do loans is not the answer. Making investment more attractive is the answer. Besides, why focus all the help on the banks unless you are just trying to perpetuate the status quo power structure?
17) Repeal limits on the number of possible legal immigrants from any specific country. In the first step to opening immigration, lets stop discriminating on who can attempt the current naturalization process. We have illegals, not because they do not want to go through the trouble of being citizens, but because of the waiting lists that prevent them even being allowed to try. What is being asked of them is NOT reasonable.
18) Repeal subsidies and charity to other countries who are not our allies or support us within the UN. We are not well loved by the UN. I do not care about this. But I will be danged if I want to keep sending support to those who oppose us internationally. They don’t like us? Fine, they don’t get our cheese.
I am sure there are a LOT that I missed that should be on this list. This is why I throw this stuff out there. I like feedback. Some stuff is not on here because it is not a high enough priority. Some stuff that I missed might beat out some of the stuff I listed. Bring it on, I want to hear about all of it, all of the main concerns, and what parts can be taken away without major upsets. That’s the other thing. There are a lot of laws that we would hardly notice the removal of. Those are excellent candidates as well.
Cheers, and soon to come is the final and most important section of the series. Stay tuned.