Monday, June 16, 2008

Bob Barr on Big Government and Big Spending.

From Bob Barr's web site;[Issues]

Big Government and Big Spending — The Root of all Problems.
* Government spending at all levels is out of control. Most Americans understand the problem of “earmarks,” commonly used by pork-minded congressmen to buy votes. But while earmarks are an outrageous abuse of the taxpayer’s money, they account for a very small percentage of federal spending. Over the past decade, total government spending (state, local and federal) has increased from $2.9 trillion to an astonishing $5.1 trillion in 2008. The $3.1 trillion federal budget submitted by President Bush for next year was greater than the combined 1998 spending of the federal government, all 50 states and over 87,000 local governments.
* The federal government must take the lead in making significant cuts in spending. Focusing on earmarks risks distracting attention from the broader problem of a government wildly wasting the money of hard-working Americans. Tens of billions of dollars in corporate welfare — essentially aid to dependent corporations — should be eliminated. Largesse for middle- and upper-income Americans, particularly so-called “entitlement” programs, must be cut. Billions in so-called defense spending, which protects America’s populous, prosperous allies rather than Americans, must be eliminated.
* Cutting spending would allow America to implement real tax reform. Our goal should be to reduce both the tax burden on Americans and the intrusion in their lives resulting from IRS enforcement of the income tax. One of the best approaches would be to adopt some form of a consumption tax, like a national sales tax, replacing the Internal Revenue Service and all federal income taxes as well as payroll taxes.
* It is not enough to eliminate the income tax. We also must repeal the 16th amendment, which authorizes Congress to levy an income tax. Without doing so, there would be an ever-present danger that a future Congress would attempt to bring back the income tax on top of the Fair Tax or any other alternative to the income tax.


janeforfreedom said...

Has anyone else seen these rumors about Ron Paul being VEEP on the LP ticket. I thought they were crazy becuase any one who knows anything about Paul knows that he probably doesnt want it. But I read an article on a website this morning that said Its actually in the works, that the LP is thinking about dumping Root and putting Paul on the ticket because they are not raising the kind of money that they thought they would for the presidential run.? The Barr Root ticket no more>? If you want to read the article I will leave the link. It has some silly stuff there too about Obama being the anti christ or something I didnt pay it much attention. LOL the link is

RTS said...

Dear folks,
Jane has left this link before. It is probably her web site. honestly, it's a really weird site and not worth the visit.