What better way to start the first day of the legislative session than an interview with a true fiscal conservative, Libertarian Jason Pye. And don’t forget to keep up with everything that will be going on under the Gold Dome at Georgia Legislative Watch. Jason and his crew have a daunting task trying to keep up with and inform the rest of us about bills which have been introduced.
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The substance of our discussion focused on the economic and budgetary philosophies. Jason and I both claim to be fiscally conservative, but Jason has a lot more faith in the free market (the real free market) than I do (primarily because I have never seen a real free market). But we both agree there is a lot of pork that government pays for that we would have been better off if we, as a nation, had never gotten accustomed to.
Jason points out that with all the existing and proposed baleouts, our national debt over the next decade or so may exceed the value of all of our goods and services. He is concerned that fueling our fiscal excesses with money may not achieve the desired goals and may result in worse, unintended consequences. I share Jason’s concern. I think we are on dangerous ground no matter what we do.
The next 4 years are going to tell us a lot of things about America and whether or not as a nation we can chart a course that will successfully navigate these treacherous waters. That is going to take leadership. I am putting a lot of faith in the Obama Administration. There is no reason for me to have as much hope as I do, other than the fact that I desperately want him to succeed. But success does not mean that everyone has a job and lives happily ever after. Success means that we achieve a new sense of national unity, that we understand the benefits of community sacrifice to achieve goals and that we put the diseased excesses of the Bush mentality away from us.