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  1. Default Rethinking Government In pursuit of Hope, Growth, Opportunity and Independenc

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    So let’s take a leap of faith together and agree that tax policy is complicated and cannot be broken down to simple slogans. It is more complicated than paid advocates understand perhaps. We will look at some data together and understand that many variables come into play over extended periods of time. Hopefully we will be able to agree on some principles moving forward.

    Here are some simple truths. The three primary sources of government receipts are individual income taxes, corporate
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  2. Default Rethinking Government In pursuit of Hope, Growth, Opportunity and Independenc

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    Simpler and Flatter
    Death and taxes are inevitable. So the saying goes. Yet during the constitutional debate of 1787, the idea of direct taxes on the citizenry was considered outlandish. The framers realized that all government power is derived from the ability to levy taxes. Imagine then those that feared government would make the power to tax unlimited, unlikely. In fact, direct taxes on Americans were prohibited until the 16th Amendment.

    Three impactful events took place in
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  3. Rethinking Government In pursuit of Hope, Growth, Opportunity and Independence

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    Accountability, Responsibility and Efficiency
    Let us not be so crass as to confuse the issue with facts. As an alternative let us persuade with hyperbole. Such is the nature of our current political discourse. Politicians, pundits, operatives, paid spokespeople, and agents of the media spew parroted talking points or profess opinions as if they are truths. In some cases, the dialogue degenerates or goes so far askew as to imply the end justifies the means. As a result, Americans no longer
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  4. Rethinking Government In pursuit of Hope, Growth, Opportunity and Independence

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    Educational Renaissance – Cultural Awakening
    Can we overstate the importance of education for a child’s future? Can we claim as a nation that we are serving our children well? Do our test scores reflect excellence in achievement? Can we do better? Will more of the same bring us better or different results? What are our options?

    Can we agree that not every child is alike? Can we agree that every home is not the same? Can we agree that different environments create different preferences?
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  5. Rethinking Government In pursuit of Hope, Growth, Opportunity and Independence

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    Our children are able to pursue their passions. Some will be inclined to be of service to others by choosing careers in teaching, medicine, public service, the military or even the practice of law. Others will enter the service professions and maybe graduate to celebrity status in music or theatre. Many will enter the business community and help drive the economy. A few will start their own businesses and some will succeed, but many will fail. A very small number will become corporate chieftains
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