Do Boulder County liberals, conservatives, and libertarians share any Tea Party goals? Restoring a prosperous economy? Reducing public debt to avoid disastrous tax increases and inflation? Minimizing military efforts that breed terrorism and wars?
Most of us may oppose subsidies and gigantic bailouts for powerful economic interests – and their “capture” of regulations.
We’re less likely to agree about free markets without visible regulations – unless the next two paragraphs intrigue you.
Subsidized and favored giants have enormous investments in existing technologies and methods. They crowd out or handicap many newcomers who must lower costs to enter the market – or introduce safer products, services, and workplaces, reduce harmful emissions and oil spills, invent new and better ways to adapt to climate changes.
Insurance savings will fund any investments in safety or emmision controls that cost less than potential court awards. Failure to save money will deserve punitive damages. These free market carrots and sticks would replace regulations without sacrificing taxpayers or the victims of senseless tragedies.
As for other mounting public costs, we might all welcome safety nets that encourage “bouncing back” and “learning how to fish”. Successful private and non-profit efforts would also reduce the cost and need for welfare – while public education, health care, housing, and welfare monopolies share understandable but tragic incentives to increase their costs and the need for their humanitarian services.
Allowing wages to fit beginning skills would add employers to the many public and private humanitarians. All unemployment will plunge if wages adjust until all willing workers are hired. Lower labor costs could increase living standards right away and then as fast as more and better tools multiply our individual efforts.
Respectful discussions before and after the upcoming elections might bring liberals, conservatives, libertarians, and the Tea Party together on these and other goals to restore worldwide prosperity and peace.
Jerry Van Sickle