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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-28-03 02:05 PM
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51. I consider myself an economic moderate and fiscal conservative.
Edited on Thu Aug-28-03 02:07 PM by TahitiNut
Yes, I do believe in lower taxes. Why? Because
  • I don't believe we should pay 15-20% of our federal taxes on interest on the national debt. Instead, I believe the debt should be retired as soon as possible. Government debt of a longer term than one year should only be assumed for emergencies or extraordinary circumstances.
  • I don't believe we're wise to spend seven times the funds for a law enforcement and prison system to deal with a problem that could be reduced at much lower cost by better social programs.
  • I don't believe humanity is well-served by a US military that costs more than the next largest 25 national militaries in the world. I don't want "empire".
But that's the "fiscal conservative" in me. The "economic moderate" in me doesn't believe in profiteering on human misery. Thus, I'd prefer a national health care system that consumes 25% less of our national income and covers 100% of our citizens. IMHO, if "increased taxes" meant less net out-of-pocket costs for the overwhelming majority, it's a good deal. "Privatization" of any natural monopoly is, IMHO, nothing but a "fee lunch" for the wealthy and a rape and pillage of the poor and middle class. Furthermore, I'd revoke "personhood" for corporations and prohibit any 'corporation' from owning other 'corporations'. Property cannot "own" property; only people can own property.

And that's only the beginning. Yes, I call that "economic moderation" and "fiscal conservatism" because I eschew the political corruption of language itself.
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