Fundamental Difference — Big Government

 

I believe that there is a fundamental difference and I think it has been evident with most of the answers Mr. Carter has given tonight. That he seeks the solution to anything as another opportunity for a federal government program. I happen to believe that the federal government has usurped powers and autonomy and authority that belongs back at the state and local level. It has imposed on the individual freedoms of the people. And there are more of these things that could be solved by the people themselves, if they were given a chance.

 

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Ronald Reagan on The Misery Index

 

When he was a candidate in 1976, President Carter, invented a thing he called the Misery Index. He added the rate of unemployment and the rate of inflation. And it came at that point to 12.5%, under President Ford. And he said that no man, with that size Misery Index had a right to seek reelection to the presidency . Today, by his own decision, the Misery Index is in excess of 20%

 

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Why Is It Inflationary To Keep My Own Money?

 

I would like to ask the President, why is it inflationary to let the people keep more of their money and spend it they way they would like and it isn’t inflationary to let him take that money and spend it the way he wants?

 

 

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Inflation is Man Made

 

I think this idea that has been has been spawned here in our country that inflation somehow came upon on us like a plague and therefore it’s uncontrollable. And no one can do anything about it is entirely spurious and it’s dangerous to say this to the people.

 

 

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Government is Living Too Well

 

Since then, he has blamed to the people for inflation, OPEC, he has blamed the Federal Reserve system, he has blamed the lack of productivity of the American people, he has then accused the people of living too well and that we must share in scarcity, we must sacrifice and get used to doing with less. We don’t have inflation because the people are living too well. We have inflation because the government is living too well.

 


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As Government Expands, Liberty Contracts

Ours was the first revolution in the history of mankind that truly reversed the course of government, and with three little words: ‘We the People.’ ‘We the People’ tell the government what to do; it doesn’t tell us.

 

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‘We the People’ are the driver; the government is the car. And we decide where it should go, and by what route, and how fast. Almost all the world’s constitutions are documents in which governments tell the people what their privileges are. Our Constitution is a document in which ‘We the People’ tell the government what it is allowed to do. ‘We the People’ are free. This belief has been the underlying basis for everything I’ve tried to do these past 8 years.

But back in the 1960’s, when I began, it seemed to me that we’d begun reversing the order of things — that through more and more rules and regulations and confiscatory taxes, the government was taking more of our money, more of our options, and more of our freedom. I went into politics in part to put up my hand and say, ‘Stop.’ I was a citizen politician, and it seemed the right thing for a citizen to do.

I think we have stopped a lot of what needed stopping. And I hope we have once again reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts.