Posted on | August 18, 2014 | 64 Comments
What does this vision look like in action? For starters, it favors choice and competition over government-run solutions.
It would make health care a true market with transparent prices and more choices. It would empower Americans to make their own health decisions. Instead of top-down price controls imposed by bureaucrats, we’d have bottom-up competition driven by millions of consumers. That won’t just lower health-care costs; it will improve the quality of care.
The vision also means promoting a foreign policy that rejects relativism and embraces exceptionalism, ensuring our prosperity and security.
It would promote pro-market policies that benefit consumers instead of pro-business policies that favor the wealthy and well connected. It would roll back regulations that serve no purpose except to stifle enterprises, big and small. That will encourage competition and innovation, and get our economy growing so that people can start working again.
And instead of managing poverty, we’d actually be fighting it. Today, we’re spending almost $800 billion on 92 federal antipoverty programs—and yet we have the highest poverty rate in a generation. That’s because the solution can’t be found in a federal bureaucracy; it lies within individual Americans and the community that surrounds and supports them.
As it stands, we’re not empowering people; we’re overseeing them. That’s got to change. We need to see an individual’s problems and potential. Our goal shouldn’t be to simply meet their needs; we should help them tap into their talent and achieve their goals.
That’s why I’ve proposed a plan that would reform our poverty programs by creating federal opportunity grants.
Real quick, Paul: the Founder’s vision is NOT another godforsaken Federal program. You want to restore prosperity? Allow people to opt out. To walk away from paying for entitlements. To just say: “Shag these bad investments, I know better what to do with my money.”
Calling your bluff here, Paul:
When you compare liberal progressivism’s promises with the future that conservatism can actually deliver, the choice is clear.
Conservative Progressivism is scant improvement. Liberty, Mon Frer: do you speak it?