Politics As Usual =
as Usual is all about getting benefits and shifting the costs to
others. Republican and Democrat Parties are Politics as Usual.
- If government is “of, by and for the people”, why do so many people complain about government?
- If government is accountable to “We, the People”, why are so many dissatisfied with the results?/li>
- How can it be both - accountable and in need of reform?
It will be the same old story. Still they will call it 'reform'.
Taxes are up. Spending is up. Debts are up. Demand for more spending continues. Votes are bought. It’s Politics As Usual.
reality is that votes can be bought and power can be sold. Legislators
understand this reality. Power corrupts. The greater their power to
create rights, dispense privileges, contracts or favors, the higher the
price such officials command.
is the dynamic that drives Politics as Usual – to grant the demands of
some at the expense of others. Voting groups use politics to legislate
money and privilege - taking it from others and giving it to
at elections. What happens when politicians threaten to lower spending?
Those who lose money or favors organize against them and votes are lost.
consider the back room deals for money and privileges. Why is lobbying
a growth industry in a state that has been losing industries?
Politicians fill the treasury with our money and use it to buy votes.
Dollars in the common treasury, like fish in the common sea, can be
harvested to extinction. When taxes can no longer replenish the stock
and borrowing is no longer possible, treasury dollars become an
endangered species. Worst of all, votes can no longer be bought.
has then gone beyond dysfunction and become powerless. This is when
governments like Erie County and the city of Buffalo find themselves
taken over by a fiscal control board and the treasury no longer
controlled by politicians.
A fiscal control board is essentially a capitulation to an un-elected dictatorial government because democracy has been corrupted and "We, the people" made bankrupt. Yes, that can happen. It has happened. It will likely happen more often in the future
How long will it be before New York State is governed by a fiscal control board?
buy votes because people sell votes to get power and tap the treasury.
No, they will not reform because change means spending less. That means
losing votes needed to win elections.
Wasn’t America supposed to be about limited government? Laws steal choices. They make you obey. Laws make you do things you would not want to do if you were free.
In today’s political environment all other political parties legislate
to prohibit and limit choices for some people and mandate the choices
of others. Was it meant to be this way? What can be more valuable than
choice? What do you have when you have no choice?
If you think liberty is better than forced obedience help get people
back their ability to make choices for themselves instead of having
them imposed. If you agree that competition moves society forward
better than government decrees then why not help make that happen?
- Why are taxes high? Because there is no choice. You're forced to pay.
- Why are schools bad? Because laws limit choices.
- Why is government 'dysfunctional'? It isn't. It works as legislated. That's Politics As Usual.
If you’ve had enough of the same old story, why not buy a new book?
the resistance. Consider it a form of civil disobedience. The
Libertarian Party of New York is trying to gear up to become more
politically relevant. We seek to become an ‘official party’. We need your help.
We need people like you to help change attitudes, question prevailing
assumptions and support our candidates. It is especially important to
find ways to help get our candidate for Governor 50,000 votes in
November from the many New Yorkers who have had it with Politics As