25, 1998 |
battle looms over the final resting place for the battleship
New Jersey, Camden, Bayonne and Jersey City mayors lobby for
their respective cities. War memorials, of course, play an important
role as a historical reference. They are potent reminders of
the sacrifices of our veterans. But, the truth be told, they
are another government program.
Cities such as Camden have been inundated
with one government program after another, to the point where
most of the property in the city is owned by the government or
abandoned because of the government.
Most of the residents are also owned by the
government. They either rely on the government for a job or they
rely on the government for subsidies for housing, food, etc.
The Republicans and Democrats have done for our cities like Camden
what the former Soviet Union has done for its various republics
and Eastern Europe.
Camden, as well as our cities, doesn't need
any more government programs - even a retired battleship. Camden
doesn't need any more Republican and Democrat panaceas. Camden
needs to become a Libertarian city - a city where workers no
longer pay federal or state income taxes; a city where consumers
no longer pay sales tax.
It needs to be a city where the right to work
is embraced, and licensing for jobs such as hairdressers is no
longer a government mandate; a city where victimless crimes are
no longer a crime.
If we really care about our cities and want
to see an unprecedented renaissance, the solution is not more
government programs, but a return to the ideas of liberty.