I’m really dissapointed with the Republican led Congress right now. They’ve wasted their time on Terri Schaivo, judicial nominations, and some angry dude named Bolton. None of these are issues I care about. None of these are issues that help America. Here are some of my thoughts as I explore the domain of Centrist Libertarianism:
Taxes – A necessary evil, but very unfair. I’m not complaining about the rich paying too much, but rather the poor and middle class being unfairly burdened. The commerce of filing and minimizing your taxes is a big industry. Knowing your way around deductions, loopholes, tax shelters and the like takes a degree in accounting or a good accountant, both of which cost money. Estate taxes are hurting middle class Americans who have paid taxes on their income, yet their hard work will be taxed upon their death if they don’t hire a tax advisor to restructure their holdings into Trusts and gifts. The complexity of our tax system is a burden to low and middle class Americans, those that can least shoulder this form of recessive taxation. Congress should spend their effort making the tax code more fair for all people, instead of doling out yet another subsidy to farmers, energy companies, and H&R Block.
Farm Subsidies – A bit of indirect foreign aid or a misdirected waste of money. American farmers and Scottie Pippen (who got almost $100k from subsidies last year) should grow food, raise cattle and compete in an open market. If the market can’t sustain another peanut farmer, then I’m sorry but that’s what the market called for. America has huge trade deficits, and Congress is rewarding farmers to not make too much food, food that could be sold abroad or used to lessen our imports. Subsidies to farmers for empty fields should be stopped. No developing country it going to pull itself up through farming in the 21st century, unless you’re growing coca leaves or beautiful fields of poppies. Instead if America wants to help those developing countries, invest in infficient energy plants abroad and help build factories. South America and Africa should look to the surging productivity of Asian economies as a guide instead of trying to copy the economic growth plan of a hundred years ago.
Med-Mal Awards: Congress could rein in the exploding costs of health care by setting limits on medical malpractice awards. The American Dream isn’t to sue for wealth as seems to be the case. I’m sorry, it may sound harsh, but excessive judgements for medical malpractice (honest mistakes are just mistakes) are just paying off greedy plaintiffs and their sleezy lawyers. Awards should be capped while giving the judge in the case some guidelines and limits to which they can adjust the award as fairness dictates. Juries are not made by willing people as everyone I know tries to get out of serving and thus juries are not your peers. Judges should have the discretion to halve or double the award in special cases after polling the jury in private to get each jurors opinion on the appropriate awards.
Feels good to get this on paper. Thanks for reading Draft 1.