The goals of the free-market agenda should be:This is a wonderful article. I recently moved and, as a consequence, needed to re-register to vote. I used to register republican, but I have switched to unaffiliated because of the recent behavior of the republicans. This is my favorite part of the article:
- Increase the proportion of children who are schooled outside of the public school system.
- Increase the proportion of health care spending that is paid for directly by consumers.
- Limit the fraction of people's lives where they collect Social Security.
If the Republicans want to win my enthusiasm, they need to convince me that they will make a difference on these indicators. (For those readers on the Left, I should hasten to add that I am all in favor of education, good health, and retirement security for all Americans. I believe that those goals would be better served by market-oriented policies than by government expansion.)
My personal message to Republicans is that I care more about what happens on the Big Three than about whether you hold power.Me, too.