US Congress Texas 17th District
I’m Clark Patterson, Libertarian candidate for Congress in 2016 [Texas Congressional District 17]. I’m running for Congress to advocate the philosphic ideas of Ayn Rand and her philosophy of Objectivism and the economic views of Ludwig von Mises and the Austrian School of economics.
Bad philosophic and economic ideas have led America to our current philosophic, cultural, and financial crises. Only the sound views of Rand and of Mises and the Austrian School can bring America back.
The current U.S. federal government’s debt now stands at $19,540,000,000,000. The federal government’s annual budget deficits now routinely exceed $500 billion a year. Even more alarming, the National Center For Policy Analysis now estimates the present U.S. fiscal gap of unfunded liabilities at $84 trillion, more than four times the current U.S. Gross Domestic Product. And this figure is rising rapidly.
So-called “mandatory spending" accounts for almost two-thirds of the annual federal budget. Regaining control of the federal budget necessitates making large cuts in mandatory spending, either legislatively, or by constitutional amendment, if necessary. In short, before we can restore fiscal solvency, more Americans must embrace the idea that no citizen is ‘entitled’ to health care, a college education, or a government-funded pension.
According to a 2013 US Census Report, in 2011, 151 million Americans received a benefit or check from some level of government. Unfortunately, far too many Americans today have become addicted to the government trough. Almost every American family has an immediate family member receiving some benefit or check from some level of government, whether a Social Security payment, a Stafford Loan, a Veterans Administration benefit, a government-guaranteed home mortgage, etc. Additionally, too many Americans today either work directly for the federal, state, or local government, or work for private companies that are heavily dependent on government contracts. This must change.
Also, we've known for years how to both prevent and resolve economic bubbles. We know from Austrian economic theory that completely deregulating interest rates -- specifically permitting them to rise to reflect deficit spending, avoiding pump-priming fiscal policies, and allowing recessions to run their course for 18-24 months is the only long term strategy to both avert and rectify economic downturns. But because American voters today want something for nothing and in politics, are far more concerned with the short run than the long run, both Democrats and Republicans in Congress and the White House have rejected valid economic policies in favor of giving Americans what they want. And every two years, American voters keep re-electing their congressmen and every four years keep electing both Democratic and Republican presidents who implement short term Keynesian economic policies instead of long term Austrian economic solutions.
It’s my sincere belief that America is on a slow road to an authoritarian state. Only massive cuts in government spending and a severe reduction in the size and scope of government -- at the federal, state, and local levels -- can avert this. And the massive cuts and severe reduction need to begin immediately.
Finally, for too long in American politics, we’ve focused on the short run – not the long run. This must change immediately. Ultimately, the long run is far more important. In the long run, only the philosophic ideas of Ayn Rand and her philosophy of Objectivism can save modern civilization from a new worldwide Dark Ages. In the intermediate run, only the economic ideas of Ludwig von Mises and the Austrian school of economics can rebuild the American economy. And in the short run, only enormous cuts in the size and scope of government can lead America out of its current fiscal plight.
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