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Why Government Doesn't Work Hardcover – December 1, 1995
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Harry Browne, the Libertarian Party candidate for President in 1996, outlines his views on government and lays out his platform. According to Browne, just about everything from rising healthcare costs to our collapsing morality is the fault of a government that differs from organized crime only because it "has flags in front of its offices." The answer to all our ills, he says, lies with free enterprise, which should be put in charge of such tasks as national defense and education. Among the things he promises to do if elected: pardon anyone ever convicted of violating federal weapons-control laws, and sell the country's national parks. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Harry Browne ... has a game plan for shrinking the federal budget. -- The New York Times Book Review, David Diamond --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Contrast this to how things are today. Today, the primary activity of the federal government consists of taking money from people who earned it, and giving the money to people to whom it does not belong. In addition, the massive growth of the federal government has created the insane war on drugs, which is a major threat to our freedom. Before the federal government got involved in education, there was no "education crises." Before the federal government got involved in health care, there was no "health care crises." Browne wants to restore the federal government to its Constitutionally authorized size.
Article 1, section 8 of the U.S. Constitution lists all of the powers of the federal government. The 10th amendment says that the federal government is only allowed to do those things which are mentioned in the Constitution. There is noting in the Constitution giving the federal government the power to spend money on social security, medicare, medicade, public housing, welfare, food stamps, farm subsidies, or corporate welfare; nor is there anything in the Constitution giving the federal govenment the power to outlaw any drugs.
This book is a great intrroduction to the ideas of the Libertarian Party. I voted for Browne in 1996. He's running again this year, and I will be voting for him again.
Reading this book made me feel very glad to vote for Browne 4 years ago. I can honestly say that I voted for a candidate whose ideas and principles I believe in and agree with.
Browne's attention to details and a well throughout plans on how to fix Social Security, reduce the deficit, and eliminate federal tax and makes the government smaller and smarter is a real pleasure to read. While I think that they might be a little ambitious, I also think they are achievable.
The book shows how social programs started out with the best of intentions and have become and overburden to society. Browne's how the government has and is failing in so many areas and they ways we need to go about changing them in order to make a brighter future for everyone.
Browne conveys all of these ideas, once again proving that without the government we can save money. I must admit, I was a little skeptical about this book, but Harry Browne has convinced me that things can be brighter with a little work - well done!
the sale of land assets of the the U.S. Government. He calls for an end to: public schools, public support for agriculture, the war on drugs, and most other government programs. He proposes an end to the income tax and abolition of the IRS. He gives examples of why all the well intentioned programs of govenment have unintended consequences, almost all of which are negative.
The book is written in short, easy to read chapters so that the reader has time to ponder the exciting and novel ideas contained in each. I have read the book twice and intend to read it again.