WHAT GOVERNMENT SERVICES
WOULD YOU DO WITHOUT?
by John Martin
June 27, 2003
P eople have sometimes asked, "What government services
would you be willing to give up?"
none--at least in the warped mind of so-called
"conservative" Republican Governor Bob Riley. He has
other ideas. He has drawn up a hodgepodge of tax and spending
increases that only Karl Marx could take to heart. Most of the
power-hungry, self-serving, brain-dead legislature loved it and
railroaded it through with bi-partisan enthusiasm. The only good
thing about it is that the people will get to vote it down on
September 9. Nevertheless, we will have to be vigilent to make
sure the special interests don't out-vote us.
it--when the economy is down and the private sector is losing
jobs and cutting salaries to stay afloat, government keeps
driving more stakes into its heart? This is very similar to what
happened in most states (including Alabama) at the beginning of
the Great Depression in the early 1930's. Corrupt politicians
imposed the first state income and sales taxes. Taxes of all
descriptions soared to record levels. Families lost their homes
for unpayable property taxes. It took many years for the economy
first few months as governor, Riley has proven to be the biggest
wolf in sheep's clothing Alabama has had since those dark
days. He claims that a budget shortfall necessitates a record
increase in taxes.
people have offered suggestions to avoid new taxes. Many
suggested trimming this or that needless program, but only by a
very small percentage. Few, if any, proposed any serious
reductions in government.
Tax Watch founder Matthew Givens claimed that "cutting essential
services won't receive support from either an electorate...
or a legislature who will take the blame for the cuts." As a
substitute, Matt suggested that outsourcing can save about 25%
while maintaining current programs.
surface, it seems like a great idea. Who would not want to save
25%? It would certainly more than make up the state's
so-called shortfall. If that savings translated into lower taxes
and less government, I would support it 100%. But we all know
that politicians will have none of that. They'd find
somewhere to spend it and just make government bigger and
offered an idea to make government more efficient. But a more
efficient government isn't what we need. We need a government
that is less intrusive and less expensive. We need a SMALLER
government--a MUCH smaller government.
you're a die-hard communist, a bigger and more efficient
government might be appealing, but for any person who desires
independence, there are endless "essential" services
that can not only be severely cut, but outright eliminated and
provided instead by the private sector.
these? Let's start with the big one--government-run
"education." I would like nothing better than to have
that whole ball of wax dissolved in hot acetone ASAP--and along
with it every cotton-picking tax and expenditure that it
consumes. That might sound draconian, but it is not nearly as
dangerous as maintaining the horrible institution of
government-run indoctrination they call
hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth from the statists and the
AEA: "Our children won't get an education." Well,
they're not getting one now. What else is new?
has something new--five extra days of indoctrination every
year--on top of the 5 days jacked up a few years ago. He's
proposing to start up a new pre-kindergarten program (about 20
years ago, we didn't even have government kindergartens). And
on top of that, he's proposing a "free" college
scholarship for every student that makes a "B" average.
That's Bob Riley's idea of making education more
"accountable" and balancing the state's budget:
more taxes, more spending, and somewhere down the road, bigger
deficits. Could Ted Kennedy be any more leftist?
I have a
friend with three children who go to the Chapman Christian
Academy in Elmore County. It is a typical example of a private
school. It costs $1200 per child per year for education that is
superior to the Elmore County public schools that cost about
$5500. The lower-quality Montgomery County schools cost about
$6000. But Chapman can do a better job for $1200 and still make a
eliminate government-run "education," we can repeal
over two-thirds of Alabama's state and local taxes. That is
more than enough to give every child a superior education four
times over. Total privatization and a free market--including
repealing compulsory attendance laws--is the ultimate solution
and outsource for education. It will solve virtually every
problem from discipline to prayer in schools. Instead of a
"puny" 25% savings, we will all get well over 75%. And
Paul Hubbert and his minions can get real jobs in the private
sector and see what it's like to really earn their
is not the only thing that needs excising, or at least
downsizing. Every single state and local department could stand
AT LEAST a 25% whack on the chopping block. That includes
everything from surplus traffic signals to officials and
employees. And every employee who gets to keep his job gets at
least a 25% pay cut, and at least 50% for a judge or politician.
If he doesn't like it, he can hunt for a real job that's
not subsidized by stolen money (taxes).
50% of the Public Safety department should retire. Speed traps,
checkpoints, roadblocks, vehicle searches, "Click It or
Ticket," and excessive traffic stops in general are criminal
abominations. State troopers should be limited to assisting
motorists, investigating accidents, and enforcing only legitimate
laws against crimes that have victims.
also dispense with at least 50% of the departments of Finance,
Health, Conservation, Human Resources, Marine Police, Insurance,
Public Service, Rehabilitation, Revenue, Veterans Affairs, and
departments need to be eliminated. Besides "Education,"
we would be much better off without the ABC Board, Agriculture
and Industries, Economic and Community Affairs, Medicaid, Mental
Health, Nursing, Retirement Systems of Alabama (David
Bronner's empire), ADEM (the state's version of the EPA),
the Alabama Development Office (uses stolen money to bribe
"industry"), matching federal funds for worthless
programs (we get a double whammy here), incarcerating prisoners
for victimless "crimes" (the obvious solution to prison
overcrowding), all laws, enforcement, and other impositions
against the natural rights of people, AND Bob Riley's stupid
idea of a state department of "Homeland
words, every government department, agency, and program that does
anything other than protect our individual rights against the
actions of other people needs to be ELIMINATED, and the remainder
need serious reductions. If this is done honestly, then less than
10% of the government we now have should be left standing, which
is adequate for maintaining roads and a justice system.
Everything else can be done much better and more effectively by
private enterprise. Over 90% of the taxes we now pay can be
eliminated. If this is ever done, Alabama would be the beacon of
prosperity for the whole world to follow.
rectify our malignant, overbearing, and obese government, we must
put it on a crash diet and drastically REDUCE state and local
revenues, not increase them.
sounds like a pipe dream. But we can benefit from even one or two
of these suggestions. On the other hand, if Riley's tax plan
slips by the voters, it is time to put a "for sale"
sign in front of your house and flee to another state.
government programs would you give up? Do you want more freedom
and independence? Or would you prefer to pay more taxes to
"invest" in more chains to bind and enslave
DON'T FORGET! VOTE "NO" ON SEPTEMBER