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The Tax Payer problem
In the US, the people who pay the taxes have a problem: Congress can not resist spending more money than they take in from Federal taxes.
The people have tried starving the beast; but, that does not work. We have concluded that the problem is the direct result of the free market system these same people put so much faith in.
It is natural for the people with money to spend it getting people elected that will allow them to improve their market advantage over others. The other voters elect people who will insure their advantage over people with money. So which ever party is in control, the incentive is to spend money to either get elected or to get re-elected.
So, they all buy votes (in general - there maybe be exceptions but they are too rare to matter) by spending to help their constituents.
So, it is ironic that to save the free market system from itself, we need to use the power of government to put constraints on the free market system.
The solution is two fold:
1) No elected office holder should be allow by law to succeed themselves. That will reduce the temptation to buy the next election by spending other peoples money.
2) We need to make it less expensive to run for office. Again we need to use government to constrain the free market. The government should fund a web site for candidates to tell their reasons to be in power and debates the issues a reasonable number of times. It should be illegal to spend any other money on or for a political candidate. For these are no less than bribes in fact.
Note: In 2011, the York County Registrar has placed links to the web sites of valid candidates.
A warning from history:
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years.
Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage. " Author unknown