Saturday, May 24, 2008

Thomas Jefferson

"A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have." - Thomas Jefferson

I don't know if Jefferson actually made the above statement, but it is absolutely correct. To counteract a growing government, we may have to consider creating a new independent branch of lawyers with the sole purpose of litigating against the government, essentially creating a Public Prosecutor's Office for all civil cases. This way, if the government wants to exercise eminent domain over your house, you would have access to a lawyer, or if a police officer used excessive force, you would be able to file a lawsuit and pay only the costs.

Ultimately, we should explore ways to reduce government middlemen by increasing direct benefits to the public that do not require a monopoly or an exertion of power over the public. Some ideas are rebates (the 600 dollars stimulus--which would have been perfect if we had a surplus) or free or subsidized health care (why should government workers be virtually the only persons to receive free health care for life?).

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