For all of the anger and vitriol of our current political environment:
Like it or not, governments have to make hard decisions – we have to allocate scare resources among many competing needs. The start of that process has to be transparency – we have to be conscious to ask the hard questions. Too often elected officials of both parties shy away from the full truth, afraid of offending a part of their constituency. But we have no choice – unless we start with an honest, even harsh appraisal of our problems, we will never arrive at the right solution.
And we have to get it right. Individual freedom doesn’t just happen. It happens because we as a society make decisions to ensure that each new generation has the skills and opportunities to take control of their lives. We need an effective, efficient government to ensure that each of us has the best possible opportunity to choose the course of our own lives.
This means Democratic Capitalism. The compromise we made in the 1930s – stick with the free market but use the power of government to ensure everyone gets in the game, everyone benefits and everyone plays by the same set of rules – is still the best, even the only answer for our country. We need to get back to Democratic Capitalism. We need to again ensure that our government is a tool to extend individual freedom.