Sorry, to appear to be slow on this, but it’s a serious subject and requires some thought. I’ve struggled with the best way to express my thoughts on this in terms most folks would understand and I’ve decided to use software as my vehicle of example.
Our Founding Fathers created America 1.0. Progressives over the last 100 or so years have created and are in the beta test phase of America 2.0. This is not the America of our Founders; in fact, I suspect that our founders would have rebelled long before now if they found themselves in America 2.0. Many of us here, but not all of us, want to return to America 1.0, which is understandable, but not possible. Why, because America 1.0 was flawed. America 1.0 had the holes in it that allowed America 2.0 to be possible.
Our founders knew America 1.0 was flawed, but it was the best they could do at the time. They expected us to improve 1.0 once we saw the flaws, but instead Progressives have exploited the flaws to give us the current 2.0 product. Now we are engaged in a great struggle, make no mistake about that, to move to America 3.0. The progressive’s vision of America 3.0 is vastly different from the America our founders wanted for us, but the coding for America 3.0 is nowhere near complete. America 2.0 has been helpful in that it has shown us many of the flaws in America 1.0. Now it is possible for us to begin writing code that will vastly change the features and benefits of America 3.0. Some features and benefits I feel America 3.0 will need, in no particular order and I am willing to discuss or defend are:
1.) No property taxes. What a (wo)man owns is his/hers and the government does not have a right to an income from it.
2.) No inheritance tax. The government does not have the right to pick through your things and take what it wants when you die.
3.) Eliminate all corporate tax. It is impossible to tax a business since all a business does is raise its prices to cover the tax increase thereby forcing the consumer to pay the tax imposed on the business. Those shouting for higher corporate taxes are essentially shouting “raise my taxes”.
4.) Eliminate the entire tax code and replace it with the Fair Tax system on commerce.
5.) Require a balanced budget at every level of government and eliminate the ability of any government to deficit spend even in time of War. If the war is just citizens will voluntarily contribute to the war effort. If not, it will keep politicians from dragging us in to conflicts around the world where they fail to convince the American people of the need.
6.) Force the government into a fee for service enterprise. If you need assistance in some manner from the government you pay a fee to the government to cover its expense in assisting you.
7.) Eliminate Social Security. I have a plan for this that I’ll post in the Oklahoma Forum after Christmas. It can be done with minimal pain and would be an economic boon to the nation, local and state governments and especially to the individual.
8.) Restructure Welfare in to a government work program, if you have to get money from your neighbors to live, then you need to work for it somehow, even the disabled need to be given the basic human dignity of feeling like they are being “paid” for useful work, exceptions would need to be made for those incapacitated as we have a moral obligation to assist them, but where ever possible they should be allowed to contribute something.
9.) Eliminate the Departments of Education, Energy, Commerce, Homeland Security (who are we kidding there). Roll essential services into other parts of the government or back to the states.
10.) Make the department of Agriculture a fee for service enterprise with its own balanced budget based on fees it collects for its service.
11.) Eliminate most of the interior department, expand our national park systems and increase usage fees to cover operating costs. Eliminate the rest of the department and sell off remaining land holdings (See plan for 7) to eliminate the national debt.
12.) Make the FDA a fee for service department. Businesses pay a fee to the department to be approved. Approval or lack thereof must be prominently displayed on the product and in the product advertizing. Consumers would then have a choice, do they want to be buy Item A which is cheap and not approved by any agency or would they prefer to pay more for the approved Item B. The FDA would have to reduce its operating cost or no one would purchase its services, a win-win for business and consumers. For those who believe this would not work, look at Consumer Reports as an example.
13.) Eliminate the state department. This department is out of control and has become a kingdom unto itself. Create a new organization with tighter controls and clarity of purpose. It’s too far gone to be salvaged.
14.) Require all legislation to include a reference to that part of the constitution under which the authority for the legislation is derived.
15.) Require all legislation to have a final draft that must be available to the public for 90 days before a final vote can be taken and the bill can be sent to the President for signature.
16.) Government Departments must submit all regulations in writing for approval by the house and senate on a straight up or down vote.
17.) All laws and regulations must have a sunset clause, after which, if not continued, it passes from the books. Continuation would require a resubmission of the law without modification for approval by congress and the president. If modifications are needed, then a new law would need to be drafted and approved.
18.) Eliminate all government funding for corporations and agriculture. The market unfettered will produce innovation at a far higher rate than a market attempting to innovate under government regulation and bureaucrats.
19.) A complete overhaul of Banking and Wall Street to protect consumer assets and investments first.
20.) Eliminate NASA and fold it into the Defense Department. Turn Cape Canaveral into a fee for service facility where private business may launch commercial spacecraft. Charge the Defense Department with ensuring order and stability in space, much as the US established a presence on the frontier to promote civilian expansion in to the west.
21.) Eliminate any law that prohibits any citizen from expressing their religion. The constitution guarantees the right to Freedom OF religion, not Freedom FROM religion. Any religion that places its beliefs above secular law forfeits the classification of being a religion and becomes a political movement and is subject to all laws and penalties.
22.) An exception to government interfering in education would be made in that I would require every student in order to graduate high school be required to pass a course on civics with a focus on the constitution and I would require every student to pass a rifle marksmanship course. Three Hundred million constitutional scholars/riflemen would eliminate the need to worry about America 4.0.
23.) Eliminate the government’s ability to collect money from one citizen and give it to another. All government must be fee for service, you pay a fee to the government for a service it provides and from that fee it can procure goods and people to provide that service.
24.) Disband public unions and eliminate the ability of public service employees to strike or collective bargain.
25.) Forbid by law the ability of the Government to use tax payer dollars to “bail out” any private entity, whether it be a business, union or private indivual.
Progressives have sold many Americans on their version of America 3.0 in a vacuum without competition, but before you can begin to sell your version of America 3.0 you will need to define the features and benefits that your product will have. I have listed twenty-five features my America 3.0 would have. I am sure there could be more. Some you may agree with and some you may disagree with, you may even think of some I have overlooked, but this is the “action” I would take today to begin defining for the American people what American 3.0 should look like and once defined we can begin to sell the benefits of America 3.0 to the American People. When your target market agrees with the need for the product and accepts the benefits of the product that market will create the demand and they will be able to “test” legislation and politicians to make sure the code they are writing meets their design specs.
My America 3.0 would stress self-reliance, not government dependence. My America 3.0 would give more choices to the American people not less. My America 3.0 would give more freedom to the individual to rise to their fullest potential, but it would also permit failure, because in failure we learn as much as we do in success. When failure is not an option our work and our focus becomes sloppy because there is always the net to catch us.
I feel this is the correct approach rather than a rush to firearms, before you start fighting for something you need to know what you’re fighting for, before you take up arms to achieve your objective you need to know that arms are the only way your objective can be achieved, only then can you have the convictions that would be required to sustain you during the tribulations that would ensue. Any soldier that fights for a cause must understand that cause, and they must want that cause to be victorious even it if means the loss of all they have. It is not weapons that will make you strong or victorious; the British had far more weapons and soldiers. What the colonist had was clarity of purpose and righteousness of their cause, which sustained them in dark times and ultimately made them victorious. You and I may never see America 3.0, but if we start now our children may. Under America 3.0 our country will once again have the tools it needs to be great. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and I encourage you to think about this over the holiday, in your spare time of course.
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