Capitalism and the Right to Rise

In freedom lies the risk of failure. But in statism lies the certainty of stagnation.


Congressman Paul Ryan recently coined a smart phrase to describe the core concept of economic freedom: “The right to rise.”

Think about it. We talk about the right to free speech, the right to bear arms, the right to assembly. The right to rise doesn’t seem like something we should have to protect.

But we do. We have to make it easier for people to do the things that allow them to rise. We have to let them compete. We need to let people fight for business. We need to let people take risks. We need to let people fail. We need to let people suffer the consequences of bad decisions. And we need to let people enjoy the fruits of good decisions, even good luck.

That is what economic freedom looks like. Freedom to succeed as well as to fail, freedom to do something or nothing. People understand this. Freedom of speech, for example, means that we put up with a lot of verbal and visual garbage in order to make sure that individuals have the right to say what needs to be said, even when it is inconvenient or unpopular. We forgive the sacrifices of free speech because we value its blessings.

But when it comes to economic freedom, we are less forgiving of the cycles of growth and loss, of trial and error, and of failure and success that are part of the realities of the marketplace and life itself.

Increasingly, we have let our elected officials abridge our own economic freedoms through the annual passage of thousands of laws and their associated regulations. We see human tragedy and we demand a regulation to prevent it. We see a criminal fraud and we demand more laws. We see an industry dying and we demand it be saved. Each time, we demand “Do something . . . anything.”

As Florida’s governor for eight years, I was asked to “do something” almost every day. Many times I resisted through vetoes but many times I succumbed. And I wasn’t alone. Mayors, county chairs, governors and presidents never think their laws will harm the free market. But cumulatively, they do, and we have now imperiled the right to rise.

Woe to the elected leader who fails to deliver a multipoint plan for economic success, driven by specific government action. “Trust in the dynamism of the market” is not a phrase in today’s political lexicon.

Have we lost faith in the free-market system of entrepreneurial capitalism? Are we no longer willing to place our trust in the creative chaos unleashed by millions of people pursuing their own best economic interests?

The right to rise does not require a libertarian utopia to exist. Rather, it requires fewer, simpler and more outcome-oriented rules. Rules for which an honest cost-benefit analysis is done before their imposition. Rules that sunset so they can be eliminated or adjusted as conditions change. Rules that have disputes resolved faster and less expensively through arbitration than litigation.

In Washington, D.C., rules are going in the opposite direction. They are exploding in reach and complexity. They are created under a cloud of uncertainty, and years after their passage nobody really knows how they will work.

We either can go down the road we are on, a road where the individual is allowed to succeed only so much before being punished with ruinous taxation, where commerce ignores government action at its own peril, and where the state decides how a massive share of the economy’s resources should be spent.

Or we can return to the road we once knew and which has served us well: a road where individuals acting freely and with little restraint are able to pursue fortune and prosperity as they see fit, a road where the government’s role is not to shape the marketplace but to help prepare its citizens to prosper from it.

In short, we must choose between the straight line promised by the statists and the jagged line of economic freedom. The straight line of gradual and controlled growth is what the statists promise but can never deliver. The jagged line offers no guarantees but has a powerful record of delivering the most prosperity and the most opportunity to the most people. We cannot possibly know in advance what freedom promises for 312 million individuals. But unless we are willing to explore the jagged line of freedom, we will be stuck with the straight line. And the straight line, it turns out, is a flat line.

Mr. Bush, a Republican, was governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007.

Is the ACLU Friend or Foe?

My thoughts on it!     by  Stewart Topping 

Recently the ACLU filed Lawsuit’s to protect the Occupiers in Minneapolis and Manhattan.  Most American’s believe the ACLU has been helping the Country protect our Constitution.  The real true is they have their own agenda.  The ACLU started as a Communism organization in 1931 and they have not changed.

The ACLU goal is Communism and the occupiers want the same thing.  What has the Left been saying for the last 3 years and our own President Obama,  “Share the Wealth“.   Why would a group like the ACLU help the occupiers if they didn’t have the objective.  I have posted  2 articles on Law Suits and 1 on the ACLU history.  [hr]

1.  Lawsuit filed by ACLU to protect Occupy Minneapolis

By Staff | November 24, 2011 … Read more articles in 

St. Paul, MN – The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota filed a lawsuit against Hennepin County, Nov. 22 on behalf of Occupy Minneapolis. The lawsuit argues that the county’s new restrictions on the OccupyMPLS unconstitutionally restrict the demonstrators’ free speech rights. OccupyMPLS has been continuously occupying the Hennepin County Government Center Plaza, since renamed People’s Plaza, since Oct. 7 to express their frustration with the growing economic and political inequities in this country.

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2.  Judge Lucy Billings, who signed Occupy Wall Street order, is an ACLU veteran 

Originally Published: Tuesday, November 15 2011, 10:03 AM

Updated: Tuesday, November 15 2011, 4:34 PM

When the cops raided Zuccotti Park, lawyers for Occupy Wall Street woke up a judge with a civil liberties background and asked for help.  Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Lucy Billings signed an early-morning order temporarily barring cops from keeping protesters and tents out of Zuccotti Park.

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3.  The ACLU’s shocking legacy

Posted: August 25, 20 By Alan Sears © 2011 WND

Editor’s note: Be sure to get your copy of Alan Sears’ powerful new book, “The ACLU vs. America: Exposing the Agenda to Redefine Moral Values .”

One of the great myths of the 20th – and now 21st – century is the belief that the American Civil Liberties Union was an organization that had a noble beginning, but somehow strayed off course.

That myth is untrue. The ACLU set a course to destroy America – her freedom and her values – right from the start.

From its very beginning, the ACLU had strong socialist and communist ties. As early as 1931, the U.S. Congress was alarmed by the ACLU’s devotion to communism. A report by the Special House Committee to Investigate Communist Activities stated

The American Civil Liberties Union is closely affiliated with the communist movement in the United States, and fully 90 percent of its efforts are on behalf of communists who have come into conflict with the law. It claims to stand for free speech, free press and free assembly, but it is quite apparent that the main function of the ACLU is an attempt to protect the communists.  

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Job’s Job’s Job’s

By Rich Galen   September 21, 2011 

The Popular Press is swooning over what they consider to be the new-found potency in President Barack Obama’s demands that the Congress pass his Jobs Bill.

For reasons which I cannot understand, the President decided to make his case for his bill by leading with who was going to pay for it, notwithstanding we have no idea how the first job will be created by the jillions of dollars of new taxes he is proposing.

You want people who make millions of dollars a year to pay more in taxes? Ok. I don’t have an answer to that.

But somehow, in the translation, anyone with a family income north of about $250,000 (husband and wife each making a little over $10 k per month) becomes the equal of Warren Buffett’s income and needs to be penalized for the family’s success.

Hello? Here’s what I would have done, had I owned the world:

I would have made the Republicans and the Democrats in the House and Senate sit in the House Chamber (the Senate isn’t big enough) and I would have had House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid put before the joint session one idea to create jobs after another.

Message to Obama: Stop the ‘Fair Share’ Garbage

Whenever a left wing plan fails, as have all of Obama’s tax and spend plans, the only possible reason liberals can imagine is that the plan wasn’t big enough and didn’t spend enough. It’s never that the logic was faulty or that their plan would hurt rather than help the economy. So everyone get ready. Get ready for more of the same. Barack Obama has proposed another “jobs” plan, and on Monday he announced $1.5 trillion in new taxes. He wants to create jobs by further taxing the job creators


Boehner Won’t Budge

House Speaker John Boehner’s speech in response to President Obama’s $447 billion jobs bill could be said to be conciliatory—if conciliatory means softening his rhetoric and disagreeing with everything else. He still blasted the employment plan, calling it full of “short-term gimmicks.” And he firmly reiterated his no-tax-increase position. The Daily Beast’s Patricia Murphy says the fact that Boehner won’t budge on tax reform is a non-starter.

Boehner urges debt committee to tackle tax reform

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker John Boehner says the congressional committee charged with recommending large deficit cuts should lay the groundwork for tax changes that would enhance economic growth.

GOP wins Wiener’s House seat in Democrat district


NEW YORK (AP) – It sounded improbable on the surface that a New York City congressional district where Democrats have a 3-1 registration edge and have held office for nearly a century could even come close to electing a Republican to the U.S. House. But voter frustration over the sour economy and President Barack Obama’s policies made the improbable a reality, as a Republican political novice, Bob Turner, scored an upset victory in a special election Tuesday.

Washington Update

Obama Proposes Higher Taxes on Wealthy to Fund Jobs Bill (Washington Post)

President Obama announced plans Monday to fund his $447 billion jobs bill largely by raising taxes on wealthier families, provoking immediate opposition from congressional Republicans. The sequence of event suggests that despite the recent pledges of greater bipartisanship, many of the fiscal and economic stumbling blocks that have left Washington gridlocked in recent months remain firmly in place. The White House said Congress should pay for the jobs plan by imposing new limits on itemized deductions for individuals who earn more than $200,000 a year and families earning more than $250,000. Eliminating those deductions would bring in an additional $400 billion in revenue, aides said. The administration also recommended ending subsidies for oil and gas companies and changing the depreciation rules for corporate airplanes.

President May be in “Deep Trouble”

This will be an interesting turn of events if it does come to the surface…..

Our President May Be In Deep Trouble…with Chief Justice John Roberts, U.S. Supreme Court. According to sources who watch the inner workings of the Federal Government, a smack-down of Barack Obama by the U.S. Supreme Court may be inevitable. Ever since Obama assumed the office of President, critics have hammered him on a number of Constitutional issue violations.

Every President, including Obama, takes an oath of office to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help me God”

However, Critics have complained that much, if not all of Obama’s major initiatives run headlong into Constitutional roadblocks on the power of the federal government and especially when he deliberately issues presidential edicts ignoring and downplaying the power and authority of Congress as stipulated in the United States Constituiton.  READ MORE >>>

No federal funds for the Ground Zero Park51 Mosque

From Dick Morris:
Thanks to your support and the outpouring of 71,000 signatures, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation has refused federal funds for the Ground Zero Park51 Mosque! They made their decision at their meeting on Wednesday, September 7th.
Your pressure was, I believe pivotal in stopping our tax money from going to this offensive project. We will keep you informed if the Park51 Mosque sponsors try it again!
Thank you!
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