Politics for the 21st Century
Does it bother anyone that the two controlling parties here in the U.S. don't seem to fit the needs and beliefs of most Americans? The Republicans are probably empirically better on most economic policies – we all know taxes are massively distortive and bad for the proper functioning of markets, trade barriers are another problem, and minimum wage laws are just stupid. But the Republicans have their own spate of hardline issues that seem completely illogical, bigoted, and just anachronism. I personally don't give a shit if gay people want to get married, be my guest. I certainly don't think the government should have any role in women's health issues. And if the stoners want to buy legal pot at a store instead of their buddy's dorm room, that seems reasonable/strictly better from a crime mitigation standpoint. On the other hand, having some common sense laws around things like selling sub-machine guns to teenagers who grew up in social media/video game universe with a distorted sense of self image and reality seems logical.
I guess I just wonder why the two parties are so entrenched into their respective positions, and why a common sense compromise can't be found in the middle ground? Millennials, as a general rule are not particularly concerned with the Republicans social agenda. If they continue to rely on this, they are going to die out in the next 10-15 years. Democrats are going to bankrupt the country with ridiculous entitlement programs for all, and could turn this place into a real shitter if they screw up immigration policy. So I wonder, what common sense policy issues do you think sit squarely in the middle, where there's room for a third party to move in and "take market share" from the old established political dynasties.
Here's where I'd probably start:
- Legalize pot / end war on drugs
- Explicitly support gay marriage at Federal level
- End federal minimum wage laws
- End three strikes laws / explicitly move to reduce prison population / ban death penalty
- Lower corporate tax rates to competitive levels
- Repeal capital gain/ dividend tax rates / apply "income" tax rates to everything
- Raise tax rates on incomes >$1mm
- 75-80% incremental tax rates on incomes >$10mm, pegged to some escalator
- End social security coverage for those under 40
- Redo funding for public schools so best districts do not get entrenched with highest funding
- Serious gun reform – I'd personally be in favor of a minimum age to purchase weapons around 28-30 (very few mass shootings from ppl over this age). Of course I guess you'd get some black market issues…
- Do some monopoly busting – /MC, big banks, cable/satellite, Google, pharma etc.
- Reduce defense budgets ~50%
- Repeal TSA (airport security) funding, ROI is just not there
- End the Postal Service
I think it's a winning slate! I guess it's probably closest to libertarian view of things, but not sure that Ron/Rand Paul would even be onboard with all of it. Anyways, I'd welcome your thoughts and monkey shits.