"So the Ryan plan worsens our trillion-dollar structural deficit and the Obama plan amounts to small potatoes, at best. Worse, we are about to descend into class war because the Obama plan picks on the rich when it should be pushing tax increases for all, while the Ryan plan attacks the poor when it should be addressing middle-class entitlements and defense." David Stockman in New York Times, 4/24/2011David, you no longer have much skin in the game and therefore you have no excuse for not addressing a core issue of why class warfare may breakout; many of our markets are no longer free and therefore the middle class is being deprived of innovation and, most importantly, the opportunity of creating a better life for themselves and their families.
Yes, taxes need to be raised and spending needs to be cut. Equally as important to avoid class warfare is that our industries and markets must be freed from the oligopolies that control many of our major industries. This contributes to the concentration of power and wealth that occurred over the last 35-years.
Free enterprise, as claimed by conservatives, is what made this country the richest and most powerful nation on earth. Free enterprise can avert class warfare and get our country back on the path of prosperity and happiness for all that have the desire to pursue it. However, our Free Markets must be set free. Why is this not happening?
Our government is not doing its job. A role of government is to assure everyone is playing fairly in our market system and not gaining unfair advantage that would stifle competition and free enterprise. Clearly, our government sees the need to protect our freedoms on the street and arrest the crooks, thieves and murders that would deprive us of our freedom. Where is our government when it comes to protecting us from those who want to deny our rights to fair and open markets and competition?
They are on a junket to some far off resort paid for by the oligopolies that are robbing us from our right to have a free market where competition assures us of getting the best products at the lowest prices. Or they are out collecting campaign bribes from these oligopolies.
Our government officials, from all parties, are part of the problem. Our campaign contribution laws have allowed our markets to be transformed from a free market to markets controlled by large corporations whose best interest is not to meet the needs of individual citizens, but rather to control the world in which they operate. This means choking off free markets and depriving us citizens from the jobs and opportunities that can only be created by free markets.
Mr. Stockman are you also afraid to speak up against this beast that is taking over our free markets? Perhaps you too have been bought.