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Too Much Regulation Hurts A Free Market

Keeping a free market going is a bit of a balancing act.  On the one hand, if it is entirely unregulated, monopolies start to form.  These monopolies will then prevent other businesses from competing by either buying them out or underselling them or something similar.  This in turn stifles innovation and takes choice away from the consumer.  On the other hand, if you have too much regulation it stifles a business.  When a company can no longer choose how it acts and is forced to spend a large portion of it's income on compliance with regulations innovation suffers and barriers to entry are created.  You can't just start an insurance company, there are certain rules and regulations you have to follow.  The same with any other business.

It is government's job to make sure that business stays competitive by creating appropriate regulations.  However, if government goes too far, it runs the risk of having the solution be worse than the problem.

The other thing about regulation …

How Do We Help The Poor in America?

Poverty is a tough issue.  Unfortunately, it's an issue that has been oversimplified.  Granted, it's really easy to oversimplify.  The conservatives tend to think that the poor should get jobs and work for a living like everybody else.  The liberals think it's unconscionable that a person starve and/or live on the street simply because they don't have the means to take care of themselves.  Therefore, it's the government's responsibility to feed and house them (or at least provide them with the resources to feed and house themselves).So who's right?  I admit that I side more with the conservative view.  People need work, not handouts.  However, I recently learned that the issue is more complicated than that.  My original idea was to eliminate welfare and have that money go toward employment.  So, if somebody qualifies for welfare, instead of giving them money, you give them a job.  Doesn't matter what the job is - they can clean up the streets, paint ove…

The Party of Opportunity

Thanks to the leadership of Barak Obama, the Democratic Party has been effectively positioning themselves as "The Party of Hope".  However, when you look at their policies, it seems to really be the party of security (as in social security/social programs) or the party of entitlement.  I don't want to be too negative because I know many democrats and they sincerely believe that government intervention is the solution.  Personally, I don't agree with that point of view (which is why I'm a Republican).  However, it seems that my party has lost its way over the last few years and it's time to come back to our roots.Here are some of the values that have drawn me to the Republican Party:Lower Taxes:  Most everything we buy has been taxed two or three or more times by the time it get's to us (not even counting sales tax).  It's too much.Smaller Government:  Of course our high taxes are paying for a huge, bloated government.  Government needs to be smaller, …

New Political Direction

You know, knowledge is a funny thing. No matter how much we think we have, there's always more out there to get. No matter how well we think we understand something, there always seems to be more to it than that. Political issues are much the same; at least with me.

When I first look at an issue, I see the surface of it. Usually it's fairly simple which makes it easy for me to see a solution. However, as time goes on and I learn more about the issue, sometimes my "solution" turns out to me not as much of a solution - in fact, sometimes it makes the problem worse in the long run. This is one of the reasons I blog, I want people to see my ideas. Not because I want to be famous, but because I want the good ideas to be implemented and the bad ideas to be corrected. As fun as it is to think that all my ideas are perfect, I know they aren't. However, what I don't know is which ideas are wrong and where they go wrong. If I did, I'd fix them.

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