Comment: Advice to Rand...

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Advice to Rand...

Rand suffers here from the same explanational deficit that plagued his father. An emphasis of decentralization would go far on clearing up the issues here. Rand fell short as he [at the end of Freedom Ninja's longer video post] drew a distinction between WashingtonDC and local. Had he kept his rhetoric bound to the issue of taxes, this distinction would have been more clearly useful in resolving his insight to Letterman. Letterman handed him the perfect set up mentioning "firemen". Rand lumped "firemen" into a category of "basic government". Rand failed to declare that functions of basic government are largely funded through local taxation. He would have done well to declare that not only do our federal taxes not pay our firemen, but our increasing federal taxation is a major factor in what is decreasing our ability to pay our local firemen. While we're being taxed to fund foreign aid and such, we are losing our capacity to fund our functions of basic government. Even if one wishes to pay teachers more, that can be done best by defunding the national trough. It is the message of "decentralization" that unifies the Libertarians, most Republicans, and many liberals [like Ralph Nader]. The simplest scenario mechanism that works best to portray this to even the most politically uneducated, is to say that the typical American pays thousands of dollars per year in federal taxes, hundreds of dollars per year in State and local taxes. People like Letterman need to know that the day we switch that around, hundreds to federal and thousands to State and local, will be the day in which we will no longer see such problems and complaints of disparity in opportunity and prosperity.