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Moral and Legal Authority
A government with moral and legal authority promulgates written rules and universally, impartially and uniformly enforces the rules, which provides a predictable and stable legal order on which to base economic and personal decisions. The law prevails, not the proclamation or arbitrary decision of a ruler, government bureaucrat, the enforcer (e.g., policeman) or judge.
The Washington Post editorial, What government is for, exhibits the ignorance and arrogance of DC. The following is the Washington Post’s desired responsibilities for the federal government:
1. National security
2. The safety net for the poor, e.g., by converting Social Security and Medicare into a welfare program
3. Economic growth – ports, subways, rails, roads, airports, education and science
4. Progressive taxation – from the rich to create equal opportunity for the poor
5. Only government can provide safe and clean food and medicine, clean air, clean water, national parks and an impressive national capitol.
Correctly, The Washington Post recognized the Fed’s duty for national defense. Then, totally failed to acknowledge the essential domestic function of government: providing a predictable and stable legal order on which to base economic and personal decisions.
Just the opposite, the WP wants to renege on the Social Security and Medicare “insurance”, arbitrarily tax productive people for additional undefined welfare programs, and believes only the DC elites can provide safe food, medicine and water.
Ludicrously, instead of a predictable and stable legal order which fosters a dynamic economy, the DC elites will select the ports, subways, rails, roads, airports along with the best education and scientific projects.
The omnipotent and incompetent federal government has failed, and the Washington Post encourages continuing this erratic system of governance - welfare programs, altered entitlements, earmark projects (ports, subways, etc), and redistributing income.
This erratic governance has caused the harmful debt debacle, and We the People have voted against many incompetent politicians. This is having positive results. A new batch of politicians has pledged fiscal restraint. However, additional actions must occur. We the People must educate and vote for more politicians that embrace and enforce a predictable and stable legal order on which to base economic and personal decisions.
Civilization best advances when free people exchange ideas and products under a governance system providing a predictable and stable legal order.