reply to post by Frankidealist35
I am a civil libertarian and value my freedoms quite high. I support all the Bill of Rights and people's right to protest. I am a firm believer in
the right to bear arms, and believe everyone is equal under the law. Equal pay for equal work, and also in the Golden Rule.
While I do agree there is a lot of red tape out there, the government has a job to protect the people from hazards and to care for those who otherwise
would not get care.
Are you against ALL government, or do you want to pick and choose? Here are some government programs:
Social Security: Just think how many would now be wiped out because of a few greedy bank bosses.
Medicare and Medicaid: Affordable health care for the elderly. It does have many problems and needs fixing, so what would be an alternative?
OSHA, EPA, FDA: Do you want a return to the robber barons who controlled everything and had children working in factories? Do you want the
slaughterhouses to go back to what Upton Sinclair wrote about in "The Jungle"? Those regulators have kept us relatively safe from past abuses. They
do need some overhauling, but considering what was done in the past...
Highways, railroads and transportation: Those expressways make it nice and easy to move across the US. Also, the byways are paved for those of us who
like the scenic routes.
FAA: I think this justifies itself.
Defense, Veterans Affairs: We would need at least a small defense and navy to defend our borders. Some veterans need medical care after their
Speaking of defense, most of you Libertarians want to close the borders to illegal immigrants. That costs money and requires a large border patrol.
This does not mean the two parties in power have all the answers and are perfect. Sometimes a good idea gets thrown around by third and fourth party
candidates. President Bill Clinton balanced the budget because Ross Perot made it popular when he ran for office.
The main question is, how will all the problems get solved with no government?