Purism is Practical
written by ron paul
sunday january 3, 2016
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The ever-growing number of Americans who are joining the liberty movement are not interested in “reforming” the welfare-warfare state. They also have no interest in “fixing” the Federal Reserve via “rules-based” monetary policy. Instead, this movement is dedicated to auditing, then ending, the Fed and stopping the government from trying to run the economy, run the world, and run our lives. If this movement refuses to compromise its principles, we may succeed in restoring a society of liberty, peace, and prosperity in our lifetimes.
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In addressing the “welfare” part of the welfare-warfare state, it’s unfortunate that those of us that want to “end welfare as we know it” are portrayed as heartless unfeeling Ebenezer Scrooges.
In actuality, nothing could be further than the truth.
If you look on the Gooferment’s failed “war on poverty”, then you will see whole GENERATIONS lost to the despair of “welfare”. Politicians and bureaucrats — mostly D’s — and “community organizers” have developed a “poverty industry” that they siphon off of. Argh!
We have more than SIX DECADES of the current system, with no end in sight of misery.
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” — attributed to Einstein
So WHY can’t we try something different?
* Eliminate the minimum wage by phasing it out over 20 years. That would do wonders for black youth unemployment.
* Eliminate the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” that sends so many poor people to prison, impoverishes them, and limits their employment opportunities. And BTW inflicts crime and violence on the poor disproportionately!
* Eliminate the handouts by phasing them out over 20 years. Reduce them 5% per year.
* Eliminate the various and sundry “regulations” on the States concerning “welfare”.
* Eliminate the Crony Capitalism “regulations” of “licensing” various things like hair braiding, Uber driving, and all sorts of other stupidity.
* Eliminate the tremendous “take” off the poor by the various forms of Gooferment lotteries.
Americans are very charitable. If the taxes are reduced by reducing the welfare burden, then true charity will spring up to help the truly needy with real help. I cite Homefront NJ as an example of what a real community can do. (And, from whom, I was taught that the “welfare bureaucracy” needs lots of “clients” to justify their continued existence.)
Why can’t we have an experiment to see if this wouldn’t work so much better?
Gooferment politicians and bureaucrats, as well as all those that make fine living off the current system.
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