Here's a suggestion for
Advance leaks of the president's address indicate he will call for higher taxes on the wealthy and successful in order to pay for programs for the poor and middle class. This is boilerplate Democratic wealth redistribution we've heard since New Deal days, which appeals more to emotions than it does to principles with a long history of success.
Since the advent of modern "anti-poverty" programs 50 years ago, according to an analysis by
If the goal is more successful people who can take care of themselves, incentives must be put in place to encourage people to make right decisions.
First on any anti-poverty help-the-middle-class list must be a stable family life. A two-parent home where adults love and are committed to each other and in which their children feel loved creates a climate in which moral and economic values like hard work, self-control, personal responsibility and accountability flourish.
To help achieve this, parents must be educated and they must have jobs. Government can make this easier by reforming the tax code to remove the "marriage penalty," which in too many instances charges higher taxes to married couples than to singles, and increasing the exemption deductible for children, which might make it possible for one parent to stay home with young children; allow college tuition to be deductible to incentivize more people to obtain a college education and ease their debt upon graduation. Better yet, scrap the tax code entirely and replace it with a flat tax or consumption tax that allows people to save, invest and spend more of the money they earn.
Economically, there must be a change in attitude from working to pay bills, to working to build wealth. Bills, like the poor, we will always have with us, but in building wealth one moves toward independence and personal satisfaction that pays dividends in liberty and personal choice.
Government should also make it easier for people to move in pursuit of new opportunities. My late grandfather worked for the
Here's another suggestion for Sen. Ernst and the new
Leaders should inspire others to follow examples of people who have succeeded in life. Instead, the Democrats' mantra has been that the poor and middle class can't succeed without government help. If that were true, the money spent on programs aimed at the poor and middle class would have succeeded by now.
It's long past time for a new direction and for a new "song" with different words. In the month we observe the birthday of