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South Jersey

July 25, 1998

Doesn't need ship

As the 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 War memorials, of course, play an important role as a historical reference.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.

JEFF PFEIFFER
Jackson



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