Re: Harry Reid: "Private Sector Jobs Are Doing Just Fine"
The problem is how you define a free market. You are stating that a 100% perfectly free market with no regulations, government influence, etc is not possible and you are correct in that. What you seem to be neglecting is that we can have a mostly free market where regulations and government intervention are kept to a minimum. Ultimately, that is what I am arguing for. I don't believe in no government or no regulations. I simply believe in limited government and regulation. Government and regulations must exist to keep people honest and to protect people's rights but there comes a certain point where a line is crossed and government/regulations ceases to protect and begins to destroy/stifle/overburden/etc. Even seemingly harmless regulations can end up stifling creativity or causing unintended consequences. However, you would be correct in pointing out that no government/regulation would result in chaos (or a might makes right mentality). The trick is recognizing what regulations are constitutional, keep people honest, protect people's rights and actually accomplish (with minimal unintended consequences) what they set out to accomplish. There are many regulations on the books that fail these standards.
Originally Posted by timj219
Look, I really don't think that you and I disagree as much as it may seem. I can tell you that there are regulations that I would like to see lightened and even a few regulations that I would like to see passed. One example of a regulation that I would like to see is a regulation forbidding companies in the US from requiring laid off workers from having to train their replacements before they go or else lose out on unemployment, severance or something else. It's disgusting how many companies I have discovered do this (even my own current employer is making me do this and I'm rather mad at them for it) and I do not believe it is right.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, ... That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men,"
-Declaration of Independence
Two truths that many Americans seem to have forgotten:
1. Men are endowed by God with inalienable rights.
2. Government's purpose is to secure man's God-given rights.