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09-10-2008 10:32 AM

Bob Barr on: Spending & The Economy

Over the past decade, total government spending (state, local and federal) has increased from $2.9 trillion to an astonishing $5.1 trillion in 2008. The $3.1 trillion federal budget submitted by President Bush for 2009 is greater than the combined 1998 spending of the federal government, all 50 states and over 87,000 local governments.

The government cannot continue spending at this rate if America is to remain competitive in the global marketplace. The new administration’s number one job will be to drastically reduce spending by limiting federal outlays to only the government’s legitimate functions, as provided in the United States Constitution.

Every area of federal spending can and should be cut. Entitlements must be reformed and welfare should be cut, including subsidies for business sometimes called corporate welfare. Military outlays should be reduced and pork barrel spending eliminated. Needless, duplicative, and wasteful programs, most of which have no constitutional basis, should be terminated.

Controlling government spending is a necessary step to enact true tax reform, which will reduce the burden on all Americans and allow them to keep more of their hard-earned money.

We should seek to establish a wall of separation between government and the economy. The legitimate economic functions of government are to protect property rights, adjudicate disputes, and provide a legal framework in which voluntary trade is protected. The government should stop attempting to “manage” the free market.

Capitalism is the only economic system that rewards risk, protects individual liberty, and furthers economic freedom. America will be most prosperous and free when the government stops interfering with private economic decision-making.

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#1 posted 09-10-2008 10:48 AM

I missed the reference to woodworking.

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#2 posted 09-10-2008 01:36 PM

I’ve personally known Bob Barr for 30 years.
He worked for a lawyer I clerked for when I was in law school.
I’ve litigated against him.
The reference to woodworking is that he is full of sawdust.

Please don’t think this post is to demean Libertarianism or Libertarians. Nor do I mean to demean Bob Barr.
It’s just a personal observation.


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#3 posted 09-10-2008 01:45 PM

Sawdust? Why does the saw get blamed for everything?


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#4 posted 09-10-2008 03:26 PM

HaHa. I get so tired of hearing “the govt. can’t keep spending…” or we’ll all go broke. If you just look around and you’re more than thirty years old, you can see that the govt most certainly can keep spending at whatever rate it wants. Doesn’t anyone remember what happened last time there was a chance that the govt would take in more than it spent? The Congress didn’t know what to do! Should we send the people a refund? Should we spend more? Should we do nothing? It almost brought the entire political world to a standstill. Just think about it. If the govt brings in more than it spends for just ten years in a row, the whole debt could be retired? No. No politician will allow that to happen until all problems in the country are cured.

Wood reference coming ….. Stumbling off of soap box….. eeeiiiiiooooowwwwww!!!!!!!!!!


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