From Common Man
Thought about the need and benefit of government and outside of a Military (designed to protect both the country and its citizens from aggression) and a limited court system, don’t see much to warrant the need.
Social Security – Although possibly initially designed to give working individuals an automated way to save for retirement, it has evolved to just another government entity stealing from the citizens; while bankrupting itself at the same time.
IRS – A Government authorized agency stealing from its citizens and at a tyrannical rate.
US Treasury – Although there was a time and benefit for paper currency, it and the government itself have managed to bankrupt a country.
Medicare – Same circumstances as SS
Welfare – Where it was once a “Hand-up” it is just another government entitlement bureaucracy enslaving those who participate and have been conditioned to depend upon it.
Road Commission – Not even an argument, private contractors could and would do a much better job, and most likely for less
EPA – Evil
Dept of Agriculture – Come on, they are a joke.
Dept of Education – Yeah right, most of the kids coming out of High School can’t tell us what the 3 branches of the government are.
Congress – HA!
Police and Fire – Although I admire the majority of those that make this a profession I don’t believe they would be any less effective as contracted services.
Supreme Court – Politically appointed hacks
Fannie Mae was established in 1938, and Freddie Mac was established in 1970 and these two government run institutions pushed us into the worst recession we have seen in decades. In 116 combined years of effort and both are broke. Freddie Mac was established in 1970. You have had 39 years to get it right and it is broke.
War on Poverty started in 1964, and in 45 years and now $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to “the poor” and they only want more..
Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965, and in 44 years the government has squandered those funds confiscated from the taxpayers and now both are broke.
The Department of Energy was created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. It has ballooned to 16,000 employees with a budget of $24 billion a year and we import more oil than ever before. 32 years to get it right and it is an abysmal failure.
95% of the various Federal government departments – Most are a joke, are over staffed, fail horribly at what they were initially designed to do, and continue to suck up the citizens earnings.
Now I am not totally convinced that we should completely abandon all government, but I certainly could justify 60% of it while significantly reducing the remaining department’s budgets by 60%. Also believe that local governments, run by locally appointed representatives could manage most of the needs of the community. Services rendered by the representatives, approved by popular vote, could be financed via a service fee to residents. This would include road & infrastructure maintenance, public education, public safety, etc.
Now for this to work effectively taxes (federal, state & local) would need to be eliminated or significantly reduced, which would enable the working people to keep more of what the earn and at the same time allow them to pay for what they need. Now I am sure there are those out there that will attempt to make the argument that everyone should have to pay for public services otherwise there won’t be enough funds to finance those same services. I strongly disagree.
If a local tax is levied to cover those specific services the local community approves, such as road and infrastructure support, safety services, etc, then citizens will keep more of their earnings and services will improve. Services would improve since for the most part those providing said service would be privately contracted and would be required to submit a contract stating specific services and costs. Since this would be an open bid contract quality and service deliverables would be key factors, and since the services would be controlled by the locals the contracted firm would be held accountable. And because those companies’s bidding for the contracts would be local, both the community and citizens would benefit.
Now let’s address the issue of government all together.
The world we currently live in requires the majority of people to cohabitate in order to thrive. And most people seem to want to live and work in an area where other people want to work and live. These are communities and they range in size from villages like Attica, MI to New York, NY.
Additionally people tend to pander for leadership especially when those same people live in communities. It is somewhat human nature for the majority to want someone to direct them or at least provide functional guidelines. And, interestingly enough the larger the community and the more people involved the more leadership and/or guidelines those same people need; and that need is self imposed. I am not sure why this is, especially from a personal perspective, the older I get the less I want to be interfacing with people outside of my circle.
Nevertheless, since people migrate toward communities and some form of appointed leadership, some amount of community mandated government/leadership is required; if for no other reason than the community naturally warrants it.
I think the challenge comes when you compare a community the size of Attica, MI to a massive metropolitan sprawl like New York, NY. Magnitude now comes into play; the magnitude of geography, facilities and number of citizens. But, the principles of service don’t really change; they just expand to the magnitude required.
In either case two factors determine how each community functions:
1. How the individual citizens manage those appointed to function on their behalf
2. Federal and State government influence or (and this is key) the lack of it.
In a community the size of Attica, MI most people know each other, or at least everyone knows someone that knows someone. Additionally, laws or rules enforced by appointed representatives generally affect everyone to some degree or another. Therefore community members take a more personal interest in what laws and rules are be applied. In New York, NY most people don’t know each other and don’t really care about the individual who lives 2 miles of more away. Laws and rules applied by appointed representatives don’t generally affect the majority, or the majority doesn’t pay any attention to what appointed representatives are doing unless it directly affects them.
Another element that impacts communities is crime or the potential for crime. In Attica, MI crime is for the most part insignificant and that is because the potential for crime is also insignificant. In New York, NY crime is pretty much rampant, and that is because the potential for crime is infinite. And what is really interesting even though police and public safety services in New York, NY are huge, and probably some of the best throughout NA, New York’s crime rate is uncontrollable.
The key here is the potential for corruption and the nature of humans to be influenced by that corruption. Although most people are basically good natured and individually honest, they have evolved to live by the rule “Go along to get along”. In metropolitan areas like New York, NY that evolutional tendency becomes more the rule, and is increasingly enforced by the ruling class which has taken advantage of the citizenry’s indifference.
This comparison exemplifies our current federal government. Because the magnitude of both the population and potential for corruption, coupled with a historical migration toward indifference by the population, our government has evolved to its current corrupt level. And that is primarily due to the historical increase of indifference by the public; “Go along to get along”
Resolving this problem logically requires us to do the following:
- Reestablish Individual Responsibility – Each individual must accept personal responsibility for their own life. Demanding others (individuals, government or communities) to provide for them is a violation of Universal Law and/or a Free Market society. At the same time, Governments or ruling entities demanding funds from citizens to provide for those who demand others provide for them is also a violation of Universal Law and/or a Free Market society. Establishing rules, laws or institutions designed to provide for those who will not accept Individual Responsibility only serves to enforce the decline of Individual Responsibility.
- Control local government – Someone once ask me how you go about eating a 1500 pound Moose. I responded by saying “one piece at a time”. This same philosophy can be applied towards our enormous government infrastructure. Since we cannot swallow the whole Moose in one bite, we need to start small, and small is the local government. Each individual must first take an interest in how their local government is being run and what the ambitions of those elected to represent the community actually are. If those ambitions and rules of operation do not coincide with the best interest of the community, then change is the solution. Additionally that same government should be altered to promote Individual Responsibility, Universal Law and Free Market Enterprise. Also, since each one of us must manage our finances responsibly, so should our local government. If they don’t then that too must be altered accordingly.
- Educate the People – Since society as a whole has evolved to reject Individual Responsibility, the government has purposely transitioned to support government reliance and laws/rules/social pressure promote the same, we need to educate or re-educate our fellow citizens otherwise. This is especially true with our youth who are being indoctrinated by a corrupted government to believe the ideal of “Greater Good” is more important than Individual Freedom and Liberty. Each of us must accept responsibility to promote Individual Responsibility, Freedom and Liberty, and that those principles are the foundations to a sound society. And since indoctrination by a corrupt government is designed to start in the schools, we must regain control of the school board.
- Question law – Over the course of the last several decades all levels of government have designed and implemented laws and rules that are continuing to limit liberty and individual freedom. Therefore, we must investigate and either alter or eliminate any and all laws that limit or violate individual liberty and freedom.
- Give and promote Charity – It is the case that there are individuals and families that need help and can reclaim a normal role in society if given the chance or assistance to reground themselves. Each of us should reach out to those in need especially those in our local communities; it is part of being a righteous human being. It helps to promote community and individual stability. And money is not always the best way to help. Community gardens where the food is donated via a local food bank or charitable organization only requires some of your time and gardening knowledge. Volunteering our services to local nursing centers or senior center is another option. You can also join various local organizations like the Rotary, Lions, Optimist or other like minded institutions. This is not only a great way to give back, but also a wonderful way to mingle with other established members of the community. Organizations like I mentioned usually influence local government and most likely have government representatives as members. Volunteering your time to assist local government endeavors or functions is another way to better understand community needs and citizenry.
- Independence – Since we as a nation are most likely going to experience some financially challenging times, and possibly Chaos, it is important to become and practice Independence and self reliance. This does not mean you should become a recluse and shun society, although if that is a lifestyle you seek that is fine too, but it does mean you should work to become as self-sufficient as possible. This eliminates or at least minimizes your dependence on society to maintain a reasonably comfortable existence. It doesn’t mean that you ignore those around you, actually quite the opposite. Seek out those that follow the same moral standards as you and work together to further independence. Set up your lifestyle to be self supportive and manage your finances to permit you to ride out times of drought. This doesn’t mean you have to live like a miser, or stockpile large Cache of food and household goods, but the processes learned better enable you to weather storms and minimize the need for social dependence.
- Elected Official – If you don’t find the current representatives to be to your liking run against them in the next election. Also, since our children’s education is paramount you can either volunteer or even run for a school board position.
The point of all this is really simple; things need to change and more government is not the answer. We need to reduce the government’s foot print, regain control over our communities and work to reinstate the basic principles of Individual Responsibility, Freedom and Liberty.