Excessive government is tyranny

Running government is a demanding job that has nothing in common with running a campaign.

If a candidate doesn’t have proven success running a major corporation, or a major government as governor, then he or she has no business being president. History demonstrates that the Oval Office is no place for on-the-job training.

A senator or congressman, with proven success working “both sides of the aisle,” might be okay as vice president to marshal legislative efforts, but since they are “a heartbeat away,” major management experience is still required.

“It’s the economy, stupid.” Fixing the economy is not complicated. Commerce is the only path to prosperity. The next administration must remove obstacles that government has put in the path of U.S. commerce in the form of specious taxes, mandates and regulations.

If a regulation adds cost without adding comparable value that the customer “joyfully pays for,” it hurts our ability to compete and will drive our jobs to wherever the work can be done without that cost. No global social goal is ever achieved by such restrictions; all that is accomplished is sending our jobs elsewhere.

Helping the poor does not mean making them forever dependent on government handouts. Getting the poor into jobs that develop their work skills is what will help them not just now, but in the future. Subsistence subsidies that approach median income levels are counter-productive because transitioning to comparable-income work demands abilities the inexperienced don’t have. Today, more people get government subsidies than work full-time: that’s unsustainable.

Government jobs, once created, appear to be perpetual. Every budget should be zero-based, performance-measured, and every job deemed expendable unless demonstrated otherwise. Government jobs (they’re revenue-consuming) are not a satisfactory substitute for revenue-generating private sector jobs. Government should work for the people, not just for unions.

Excessive federal government is de facto tyranny, it destroys our ability to compete in commerce, and it burdens future generations with never-ending debt. Government has no constitutional authority to be in our schools, doctors’ offices, or workplaces.

Frank D. Banta



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