Conservatarian Values: Common Sense for America

As we are a country of many views and thoughts, not many people fall simply within Republican or Democrat camps.  A small portion of the electorate adhere to a hybrid version that I and others dub as conservatarian.  This is a combination of conservative and libertarian viewpoints.

Abortion – Abortion is the taking of a life.  Human rights should apply to everyone, even the unborn. 

Crime and Justice – Protect citizens through effective law enforcement.  Penalize those individuals who do not follow the rule of law with common sense sentencing and limited parole.

Self-Defense – The ability to defend yourself, your property, and your family.

Environmental Issues – The environment should be protected and preserved but not at the expense of basic human liberties. 

Taxes – Replace the federal income and payroll taxes with a fair tax.  Stop the over taxation of the producers and under taxation of non-producers.

Energy and Resources – The United States should explore its own natural resources free from over reaching environmental agencies and left-wing environmental groups.

Financial Markets – The government should get out of the way of the financial markets and allow them to function properly.  Oversight should be utilized but without a full-on intrusion from the Fed.

Compulsory Retirement System – The forced bankrupt governmental retirement system (Social Security) should be abolished in favor of a voluntary method of individual contributions.

Health Care – Health care should not be run by the government in any realm.   

National Defense – The military should be available to first protect citizens against domestic threats and then against international threats.

Domestic Security – The United States should first protect her citizens and then the rest of the world.  Threats to domestic security should be handled swiftly and with minimal bureaucracy.

Illegal Immigration – Illegal immigrants should be deported out of the United States.  Businesses that employ illegal immigrants should suffer steep and progressive fines.

Legal Immigration – Individuals should have the opportunity to continue to become citizens of the United States without exorbitant red tape and expense.

Discrimination Issues – Discrimination in any form is anti-American.  Everyone should be equally protected regardless of sex, wealth, race, color, creed, age, national origin, or sexual orientation, but no individual group should have more protection than another.

Many of these ideals have come through years of thoughtful study with assistance from various groups and organizations.

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Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Eliminate the IRS?


Does it sound crazy to eliminate the IRS? I’ll ask you again on April 15. Like most Americans, you probably pay too much income tax. Most of us who are employed don’t notice it as it is automatically taken out of our income by our employers. It amazes me every year when tax time roles around of how much we pay each year to the Federal Government. That’s not including the State Tax and Social Security tax – but that’s fodder for another blog.

There has been talk for some time to eliminate the IRS for a more equal tax. Steve Forbes had his idea for the Flat Tax, but the new version is the Fair Tax. Essentially what this entails is charging a national sales tax on everything purchased. As the tax code now stands, most of the “tax payers” really pay no federal income tax at all. Included in this group are not only honest hard working Americans, but also drug dealers, criminals and and my favorite – illegals. If we stopped taxing income and started taxing comsumption – everyone would actually pay their “fair share” instead of the US relying on the “rich” to pay the freight.

There are many arguements on the other side, but I believe this is selfish thinking. Questions that will come up include: “You’ll put all those IRS agents out of work” – They will find other work at the businesses that will be created by all the extra funds. “What will I do without a refund?” – A refund is a tax free loan on YOUR money. If you had an investment making 0% you’d get rid of it. “I don’t want to pay 23% tax – that’s too much” – if that’s all you pay, you’ll have tons of extra money left over at the end of the month.

I could go on, but you get the point. The only this type of system will work is to eliminate the IRS. There is no other way to really “fix” the country. There is a great book out there right now by Congressman John Linder and Neal Boortz called Fair Tax: The Truth that explains the concept – pick it up to read the details.

Of course, that’s just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

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