Tuesday, September 20
Founder & President,
American Civil Rights Institute
Rebuilding America in the Post-Obama Era
Most Americans think that the federal government is incompetent and wasteful. Their negative view is not surprising given the steady stream of scandals emanating from Washington. Scholarly studies support the idea that many federal activities are misguided and harmful. A recent book on federal performance by Yale University law professor Peter Schuck concluded that failure is “endemic.” What causes all the failures?
First, federal policies rely on top-down planning and coercion. That tends to create winners and losers, which is unlike the mutually beneficial relationships of markets. It also means that federal policies are based on guesswork because there is no price system to guide decision making. A further problem is that failed policies are not weeded out because they are funded by taxes, which are compulsory and not contingent on performance.
Second, the government lacks knowledge about our complex society. That ignorance is behind many unintended and harmful side effects of federal policies. While markets gather knowledge from the bottom up and are rooted in individual preferences, the government’s actions destroy knowledge and squelch diversity.
Third, legislators often act counter to the general public interest . . .
Illinois has the lowest credit rating, highest property taxes, highest unemployment rate, one of the worst school funding systems in America, and hasn’t balanced its budget for over a decade. On top of our current challenges, Illinois has been plagued with corruption at every level of government. . . . After 12 years of Democratic rule, Illinois now has a Republican Governor. . . That change also led to shifts in state government . . .
. . . our party cannot afford to wait to reach our generation. Our message is good, but too often our messengers don’t reflect the diversity of our party or the diversity of our nation. We are the party of opportunity, of innovation, of personal freedom and of personal responsibility. We are the party for entrepreneurs and start-ups. We are the party for those who want government out of our business and out of our way. We are also a compassionate party that believes that the best way to truly care for the most vulnerable is rarely through clunky bureaucracy. We are the party of the next generation, and we, as the Republican Party, are not the party of waiting our turn.
Meet a new generation of Republican women leaders exemplified by Avery Bourne, Illinois House of Representatives.