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Survey: Americans say big government isn’t necessary?

gov is probA new survey from Gallup proclaims “Americans Name Government as No. 1 U.S. Problem.” This headline alone brought a smile to my face, until I clicked on the article and read the results, and began to think about what the results meant.

Many conservatives like to quote Ronald Reagan who, during his first inaugural address, said, “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

These are the same people who then look for government solutions to what they perceive as problems: immigration, drugs, same-sex marriage, terrorism, and a myriad of other issues whereby they want government to find a solution.

On the flip-side, you have many liberals/progressives who think that government is not doing enough to solve a myriad of what they perceive as problems: campaign financing, unfair taxation, guns, drugs, terrorism, and a myriad of other issues whereby they want government to find a solution.

So, right off the bat you have two seemingly opposing sides who want government to find solutions to their perceived problems.

And both sides – which are really different feathers on the same bird – agreeing on some of the problems.

The difference between them is they disagree on the solutions, which may explain why only 31% of respondents stated they were “satisfied with the way things are going in the United States at this time,” whereas 67% were dissatisfied.

But what about the survey title? Good question. see more…

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Support real school choice

School-choiceNow that school is back in session, the question of school choice has once again been raised. On the surface, it seems like an obvious question: should parents be allowed to choose which school their children attends? On the surface, it seems like the answer is obvious: YES!

A recent study by Troy University seems to confirm this. see more…

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Introducing HoT’s newest contributor: Chad Ginsburg

In fact, I’ll let Chad Ginsburg introduce himself with this fantastic video presented at Liberty First earlier this month. It gets a little long with the Q&A going on towards the end, but it’s one of the best examples of the Colorado Springs political scene (Liberty First is a bi-monthly meeting often frequented by GOP candidates seeking votes and “buzz”). Chad’s a genial libertarian and a natural showman and I’m eager to exploit nurture that.

Welcome aboard Chad, and thanks for being a rock star by helping hand out a bajillion Hammer of Truth stickers already.

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The Poison of Democracy

Fisher Ames quoteOver the years, especially as of late, I have heard many people from many different political sides and affiliations, argue their specific point, belief, notion, whatever, in the name of Democracy.

Republican party, Democratic party, Libertarians, Anarchists, Socialists alike, explaining that their points of view, and their ability to share them, are part of the fabric of the Democracy that makes America so great!

Just one problem…

America is NOT a Democracy. We are and always have been a Republic!

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Ron Paul has left the House

His farewell speech is likely to be heralded as the most antipathy-filled since Eisenhower. Here’s the epic forty-eight minute video heard ’round ‘murica (but you won’t see this on TV):

The transcript can be found here.

TL;DW – Trust yourself, not the government.

Oh, and “the internet will provide the alternative to the government/media complex that controls the news and most political propaganda.” Yep.

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A national lottery to fund government?

Many States rely on lottery revenues to fund various projects. With the recent record breaking Mega Millions jackpot I began thinking about the possibility that all government funding should come from similar voluntary means. Consider the following pro’s and con’s.

As a libertarian I support minimal government and voluntary interaction; therefore, I am at least partially favorable to the idea of voluntary taxation. Additionally lotteries have played a vital role in the founding of this country. Roger Dunstan writes, “The Virginia Company of London, the financier of Jamestown in Virginia, was permitted by the Crown to hold lotteries to raise money for the company’s colonial venture. The lotteries were relatively sophisticated and included instant winners… All 13 original colonies established lotteries, usually more than one, to raise revenue. Playing the lottery became a civic responsibility.” Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, Princeton, and William and Mary universities were funded at least partially from lottery proceeds. The Continental Congress also established a lottery to help fund the war for independence, however the lottery was abandoned because it was too large and the tickets could not be sold.

Aside from the potential that government funds are only raised from voluntary means, there are other economic impacts. Primarily no wealth is created with the building and running gambling facilities, it is merely transferred. Dunstan adds, “The benefit for a region is if the transfers are from outside of the region. In contrast, there is not a stimulus or net benefit if development of the casino leads to more money being spent outside of the region.” The same goes for nation-wide gambling. No stimulus occurs unless tourist from foreign countries pay and don’t win.

There is also the potential for politicians to get their hands in the proverbial cookie-jar. In 1990, 17 legislators and lobbyists in South Carolina were convicted for bribes related to votes to legalize parimutuel racing. Legislators in Arizona, Louisiana and Missouri have either resigned, been convicted and/or been defeated in election as a result of gambling related scandals.

Considering the pro’s and con’s of a national lottery; I would not oppose replacing all federal taxes with a national lottery. However, until specific details of any (hypothetical) proposal are known I am reluctant to fully support the idea, primarily because of the potential for corruption and secondarily because I don’t support government having a monopoly over any institution. However, I believe that all State and federal prohibitions on private gambling and lotteries should be repealed.

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