Libertarian Party: Government programs die hard

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Libertarian Party Warns Against Further Government Spending

America’s largest third party is warning against the institution of new government programs in the wake of the current economic crisis. “Government programs tend to linger with disastrous economic consequences,” says Libertarian Party spokesperson Andrew Davis.

“Congress needs to exercise extreme caution when considering any new government programs that are intended to act as a remedy for economic decline,” says Davis. “The New Deal taught us that government programs die hard, and we’re still suffering from the leftovers of FDR’s administration.”

“Government got us here, and more government will not get us out,” observes Davis.

The Libertarian Party blames the current economic crisis on government’s intervention in the economy, and worries about the economic impact of exploding government expenditures.

“Out of every four dollars of economic activity, one of those is from federal government spending,” Davis notes. “Not since World War II have we seen the federal share of the economy at this level. This will have severe economic consequences down the road if we don’t look for options to this economic crisis other than more government spending.”

According to an article published on Dec. 10, 2008 in USA Today, the federal share of the economy was at its highest in 1943 and 1944, at 44 percent.

“Trying to solve this economic crisis by risking another one in the future is not sound, sensible, responsible policy,” says Davis. “There are several other options for economic relief that don’t involve increasing government, such as tax cuts, deregulation and an avoidance of anything resembling a bailout.”

The Libertarian Party has recently focused on the spending plans of the incoming Obama administration, which includes plans for the largest public works project since the 1950s. The cost is projected to reach more than $500 billion dollars.

“It’s understandable that in these hard economic times that people are looking for answers and solutions,” Davis explains. “However, history has taught us that government solutions only worsen problems, and do nothing to expedite recovery. The federal government has already put taxpayers at an incredible risk for trillions of dollars with the last bailout. Any further action will just dig that hole even deeper.”

“It’s absolutely immoral to strap future generations of taxpayers with this level of debt,” says Davis.

The platform of the Libertarian Party states “a free and competitive market allocates resources in the most efficient manner,” adding that the only role of government in the economy is to “protect property rights, adjudicate disputes, and provide a legal framework in which voluntary trade is protected.”

For more information on this issue, or to arrange an interview with the Libertarian Party, please email Andrew Davis at andrew.davis@lp.org, or call

7 thoughts on “Libertarian Party: Government programs die hard

  1. Catholic Trotskyist

    Wrong, government programs are the savior of civilization.

    Read the gospels, and Job Chapter 19, and Isaiah chapter 40, and 1 Corinthians 15. O Lord, Make me an instrument of peace, and may the soul of Leon Trotsky continue to bless our holy government programs, including Social Security, Medicare, Welfare, Pork Barrell projects, amen.

  2. Catholic Trotskyist

    Social Security, Medicare, Department of Rehab, the National Endowment for the Arts, public broadcasting, college loans and grants, infrastructure projects, the establishment of the public schools, foreign aid for poverty reduction, farm subsidies, child welfare agencies, and many more. Granted, these all can be abused sometimes, but they still have a net benefit.

    and yes, Trotsky was an atheist. However, I am working on turning political science and theology completely on its head. This account is a performance art research experiment/project. The fact that most atheists are liberal, while you’re a libertarian atheist, shows that there are many possibilities for the spectrum between politics and religion.

  3. Libertarian Joseph

    What If Social Security Were Completely Scrapped?

    http://mises.org/story/2586

    The Trouble with Medicare

    http://mises.org/story/579

    Ohio prison inmates to be RFID-chipped

    http://www.mail-archive.com/libertarian@yahoogroups.com/msg04870.html

    “The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRH) has approved a
    $415,000 contract to trial the tracking technology with Alanco Technologies.”

    Theatre and the State

    http://mises.org/story/1490

    The PBS Scandal

    http://mises.org/story/267

    Academic Secession

    http://mises.org/story/82

    Infrastructure’s Forgotton Failures

    http://mises.org/freemarket_detail.aspx?control=553

    What If Public Schools Were Abolished?

    http://mises.org/story/2937

    Foreign Aid, Foreign Disaster

    http://mises.org/story/1212

    Farm Subsidies for All

    http://alhambrainvestments.com/blog/2008/12/02/farm-subsidies-for-all/

    Children and Rights

    http://mises.org/story/2568

  4. Catholic Trotskyist

    Great research work. I have skimmed some of them, and these writers have done a lot of great research also. It is commendable that the Mises Institute exposes corruption. However, their advocacy of abolishing these programs is wrong. Sometime I’ll collect some links from marxists.org and igc.org to counteract the Mises articles.

    All of these programs were set up because people lobbied in order to get the government to solve a problem that was causing damage to the society. Getting rid of them would cause incalculable suffering. Liberty doesn’t work. Neither do fascism and stalinism. Only Catholic Trotskyism combines the best forms of both, but until it becomes more popular, we have the Democratic Party to stop the Republicans, who have some of the worst features of many ideologies.

    All of this posting of links should go to prove that you are not a troll, which is good.

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