In LewRockwell.com, former congressman and presidential candidate, Dr. Ron Paul, explains how America could be run, and should be run to make its citizens happier, wealthier, and safer. He writes (abridged):
Since the Progressive Era, many Americans have looked to the government for economic security. The result has been a welfare state that undermines private charities, families, local communities, and the free market. Development of entitlement mentality has contributed to the moral crisis facing the country.
Parents who expected the government to provide their children with a quality education are discovering that government schools are more interested in indoctrinating children in Cultural Marxism.
The expectation that the government ensures everyone has healthcare has resulted in bankrupt entitlement programs that are major drivers of the nation’s fiscal crisis.
It has also led to Obamacare, which has made it more difficult for many Americans to afford quality health care.
The trillions spent on foreign wars make Americans less safe by increasing resentment of American foreign policy.
Our foreign policy that enriches the military-industrial complex and its paid propagandists is another major factor contributing to a massive fiscal crisis.
A major expectation that people need to reject is that the Federal Reserve can produce stable prices and full employment.
For fifty years, America has had a pure fiat currency. The result has been a steady erosion of the dollar’s purchasing power, an increase in economic inequality, a boom-bubble-bust business cycle, and a steady growth of government fueled by the Fed’s monetization of debt.
In contrast to the welfare-warfare-regulatory state, a free society will exceed the people’s expectations.
A free market, featuring a currency chosen by the people, not the government, can meet all people’s demands for quality goods and services. Private charities could effectively and compassionately take care of those needing help without creating an entitlement mentality. Schools would view parents as customers and so would not use the classroom as a vehicle to undermine the parents’ values.
Dr. Ron Paul
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