The Blessing of Self-Government

You’d have to be living under a rock to not be aware of the turmoil and economic agitations going on in the U.S. And the growing debt. Who ever imagined that the word “trillion” would just roll off our tongues, not causing even a flinch. Too bad we can’t do much about it. The truth is that we are powerless.

But I have to say that it’s kinda’ fun, if not momentarily empowering, to think about what we could do if anyone would let us. I’d be wickedly effective as Governor of Colorado. Oh, the things I would do.

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First, I would abolish state income tax. The state would exist rather on fee-income. Coloradans would pay fees for the services they want and use.

I’d adopt a scorched-earth policy in going after government waste and abuse. I’d place a freeze on hiring while I cleared out off the “dead wood” and identified all areas of workplace redundancy within the state government.

Austerity and fiscal responsibility would define my administration. And flowers. Every state building and facility would feature glorious flower gardens with an emphasis on every variety of lilac and daffodil.

So what would you do if you were the Governor of your state, or better yet, the President of the United States?

Would you stop printing money and let the free market take over no matter the consequence? Or would you hike taxes? It’s kinda’ fun to ponder but also pointless.

So why not move all of your creative thinking to a place where you do have power? I’m talking about the blessing and freedom you have to govern yourself and your own personal economy.

It’s easy to say you’d stop spending and concentrate on paying down debt if you were in charge of this country. Do you find it just as easy to impose the same measures on yourself?

Are you willing to give up eating out for a long and protracted period of time so you can build your savings account? Would you have the courage to look at your own personal economy and point out all of the waste? Will you allow austerity to become your household watchword while you make some much-needed changes? What about your debt? Are you sick and tired of carrying that heavy load?

What an amazing thing to realize that you do have the right to make that or any other kind of fiscal decision you can think of.

Such power!

Question: Seriously, what would you if you were in a position of power to affect economic change? Use the comments feature below share your thoughts! 

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Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Donna Pheneger

    First off, I have learned to be content with what I have already! I recently stopped work for a couple of reasons. Come December, I will be receiving Social Security, which, curiously, amounts to the same as I was making. 😉 So, we learn to cook wisely, keep the windows open more often or bump up the temp on the air (we live in FL so…), unplug what we’re not using – little things like that can make a big difference in the long run.

  • Susan Wong

    My husband an I did exactly what you just suggested. We gave up everything for about two years while we not only got out of debt but saved for a house. It was hard but we encouraged each other and bill paying time became exciting.

  • Dianne De Mink

    I’d make sure there were more clinics (reduced costs. natch -say 30% less) easily available to those who qualify for medical, dental and psychological care AND set up transportation to get folks there. More reduced cost clinics for more people and a means to get them there -say a monthly bus to your area? So many live at or below the poverty line, for multiple reasons – about 20%. Charitable organizations often base care on income levels, not out go for any sort of health issues & is often not available. Healthcare appointments should not have to play second fiddle to food and rent and prescription medicines.

    • MoreFreedom2

      Jeez Dianne, as I drive around I see huge hospitals and medical facilities (with many cranes involved in construction) plus lots of medical offices around. Plus there are lots of transportation options. And people are investing in building more, as for profit and non-profit businesses.

      Why should government build hospitals and medical facilities? I sure don’t want the government option here where I live, no one wants to go there, especially not the VA where veterans die waiting to see a doctor.

      And how do you expect to pay for it? Wouldn’t you rather a free market exist in medical care to provide what free markets create – better products/services at better more affordable prices? Just look at what Obamacare has done to premiums. The people who will be paying for this will include you.

      David Goldhill, CEO of the Game Show Network, author of “How American Health Care Killed My Father” and life long Democrat wrote that seniors getting free Medicare today, pay a higher percentage of their spending on medical care now than before Medicare existed. That’s how much government messes things up, and it suggests abolishing Medicare would save seniors money now.

      I’m old enough to remember doctor house calls, when the medical market was a lot less regulated. Who can afford to pay a doctor to visit your home these days – and for that we can thank government, and people who want to force people to pay for others’ health care. Something that IMHO, is immoral. If you want to help the poor, please do. I do. And I feel much better about it than what government does with my money.

  • Outside the Box

    First, I would require all user fees to be segregated and used only to pay for the specific services which generated them (park admissions for repairs and maintenance of the parks and the salaries of people who actually work in them, such as lifeguards at municipal pools) and not for general expenses like the salaries of governors, mayors or legislators and their staff.
    Next, I would abolish property taxes, which do not take into account a person’s ability to pay, so that someone whose normal income suffers a major reduction because they have to go out on disability while fighting a life-threatening disease like cancer, will not lose their home because they cannot pay that big tax bill. At the same time, I would require landlords to pass along the savings from being relieved of the burden of property taxes along to their tenants in the form of rent abatements. This would make housing more affordable for all.
    Then I would go after the businesses who take unfair advantage of their honest competitors by skimming cash off the top before reporting their profits and losses, or hire people to work off the books so they can avoid paying into the FICA and Social Security and state unemployment and workmen’s compensation insurance funds, and then don’t pay their workers what was promised, knowing they don’t dare to complain because they were complicit in the setup.
    I’d beef up investigation of all kinds of insurance fraud, from arson for hire, to staged accidents, to claims for faked disabilities, and ask the legislature to require full restitution plus punitive damages in multiples of the amount stolen as a deterrent.
    These are just a few ideas off the top of my head.

    • May

      I don’t know where you get the idea that landlords do not pay property tax. I am a landlord & I pay property tax every year & I do not pass that cost on to my tenants. I am paying property tax on my own residence & my rental property, also have not raised the rent in over 10 years.

      • Kimberley Hunter

        May, I think that you’re the only landlord who hasn’t raised rents in 10 years that I’ve heard of. Where I live, rents are high, and that’s saying something, since I live in a small to midsized city. Here, it’s difficult to find a bachelor apartment for less than $650 a month. And nothing is included.

        • May

          I was not talking about raising or not raising rent, I just said I had not raised rent in over 10 years. I have a very good tenant who pays rent on time & want to keep him & not go through the hassle of trying to find another good tenant, been there, done that, it is a nightmare. My point was that I have never “been relieved of the burden of property taxes”, as Outside the Box was referring to. I chose not to raise rent, but why is it so wrong for a landlord to recoup the property tax on a rental? Property taxes pay for services to the community, fire protection, schools, etc. Do folks who are renters not use these services? I rented for many years & paid rent increases when I had to, not much you can do about it except pay or find a cheaper place to live.

  • Rejena

    I would allow taxpayers to allocate their federal income taxes to specific departments. want higher pay for veterans? Put your money there! Less for dept of energy? Fine!! Concerned about conservation and environmental issues, fund them with your tax $.

  • MoreFreedom2

    The purpose of government is to protect us from others who’d harm us or our property. Local governments also are in a unique position to provide infrastructure for us (water, sewer, electricity, roads) where the city setup the services, rather than a developer (and many developers do setup those services without government taxes to support them when they build big enough communities to get the economies of scale required).

    If we limited government to its purpose as our founders intended, then most of the federal government wouldn’t exist. In fact, for the first 125 years, the federal government ran consuming less than 3% of what we produced, while today it’s way north of 20% (that’s an additional 17% of the fruits of your labor taken from you). It’s gotten to where government protects us from ourselves, to which there’s no end of their involvement in our lives and choices. It’s a question of self control, or government control.

    And Mary, while flowers at government buildings are nice to look at, wouldn’t it be better if people didn’t have to pay for that, so they could plant their own flowers on their own property instead? I’d bet we’d get twice the number of flowers, at half the price considering how governments like to spend money and go into debt – contrary to your advice to people. After all, how does government planting flowers protect us from people who’d harm us, including people who’d like government to take our money to plant flowers? It’s contrary to government’s purpose. Keep government buildings low maintenance and simple. Spending more than is needed to build a facility for government business, impoverishes the people.

  • Pat

    I would revamp the food stamp program and childcare program. The food stamp program needs to not include any food that has non nutritional value and foods that middle class people can’t even afford like lobster etc. I was a single mother and I worked 2-3 jobs to raise my daughter and we only ate foods we could afford. I didn’t have food stamps because I brought my daughter into this world and it was my responsibility to raise her not the state. I don’t think people on food stamps need to buy expensive cakes at the bakery nor expensive cuts of meat, no chips, no soda, etc. I would have temporary childcare available when they do go to work and maybe a percentage pay for them to help them get on their feet. Just because you got a job doesn’t mean you have money to pay for childcare because you have to wait weeks to get paid and then extra bills if you just found your first home etc. I would have classes to teach them how to shop and use coupons to get the most money for their buck. I am tired of seeing people that are on welfare getting their hair and nails done every month. I never could afford that when I was working so why should they get that when they are not working. I would also have programs to teach them to live on their income.