Balancing the Budget
by Anthony Cristo
By now you have been made well aware of the Libertarian stances on gun-control (against) and ending the drug war (immediately).
However, we advocate more than these two issues.
One of the main things Libertarians support is reeling in Government Finance and Spending.
Libertarian Party Platform 2.4 Government Finance and Spending:
“All persons are entitled to KEEP the fruits of their labor. We call for repeal of the income tax, the abolishment of the Internal Revenue Service and all federal programs and services NOT required under the U.S. Constitution. We oppose any legal requirements forcing employers to serve as tax collectors.
Government should not incur debt, which burdens future generations without their consent. We support the passage of a ‘Balanced Budget Amendment’ to the U.S. Constitution, provided that the budget is balanced exclusively by cutting expenditures, and NOT by raising taxes.”
Allow me to break this down to show how we will apply this principle as our government currently stands.
Due to the current $21.6 trillion debt incurred under Republican and Democrat control, Libertarians running for office recognize that eliminating income tax or the IRS will not happen anytime soon.
We recognize that we have to work within the current system to eliminate the current system.
Once the debt IS eliminated, the need for these institutions will also be eliminated.
You WILL be able to keep the fruits of your labor AND your employer will no longer serve as a tax collector for the government.
How will we do this?
We can accomplish this by implementing the second half of our party platform, passing a “Balanced Budget Amendment” to the U.S. Constitution.
Other parties claimed to have supported this in the past, but after realizing the cost of all the unnecessary programs they wish to enact they realize it is not practical.
That is why Libertarians included the caveat that, “the budget is balanced exclusively by cutting expenditures, and NOT by raising taxes.”
We genuinely want to eliminate all the programs that drain our tax dollars unnecessarily and only benefit a few and not the whole of our country.
Many of our other party platform ideals would make this a reality.
Ending the war on drugs alone would pay down our debt by $100 billion a year. In ten years, that is $1 trillion in debt wiped away.
Ending the wars abroad would pay down our debt by $45 billion a year from Afghanistan alone according to the Pentagon’s own numbers.
According to the Ivy League school, Brown University, the entire post 9-11 cost will hit $5.6 trillion by the end of this year.
Taliban? Out. Saddam Hussein? Out. Our U.S. forces? Still there AND also in the Horn of Africa and Syria as our “war on terror” continues.
For me, seeing the cost in human life alone is enough for me to want our troops home.
For others, it is their pocketbook.
I strongly encourage everyone to put an end to the two-party oligarchy that has plagued the U.S. for generations.
The current state of our government now is a direct result of people choosing to vote for “the lesser of two evils.”
Whether you vote Libertarian, Green, Constitution, or Independent, we must stop this cycle now.
Those of you who do not vote actually outnumber those that do.
Throw a monkey wrench into the system and vote third-party this election and you WILL make a difference.