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Barish, Lawrence S.; Theobald, H. Rupert (ed.) / State of Wisconsin Blue Book

Wisconsin political parties,   pp. [833]-868 PDF (16.1 MB)

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  We favor the creation of a free market in oil by instituting full property
rights in underground oil and by the
repeal of all federal and state controls over price and output in the petroleum
industry. All government-owned
energy resources should be turned over to private ownership.
  Pollution of other people's property is a violation of individual rights.
Present legal principles, particularly
the unjust and false concept of "public property," block privatisation
of the use of the environment and hence
block resolution of controversies over resource use. We support the development
of an objective legal system
defining property rights to air and water. We call for a modification of
the laws governing suc torts as
trespass and nuisance to cover damages done by air, water, radiation and
noise pollution. We oppose legisla-
tive proposals to exempt persons who claim damage from radiation From having
to prove such damage was in
fact caused by radiation. Strict liability, not government agencies and arbitrary
government standards should
regulate pollution. We therefore demand the abolition of the EnvironmentalTrotection
Agency. We also
oppose government-mandated smoking and non-smoking areas in privately owned
  Toxic waste disposal problems have been created by government policies
that separate liability from prop-
erty. Rather than making taxpayers pay for toxic waste clean-ups, individual
property owners, or in the case
of corporations, the responsible managers and employees, should be held strictly
liable for material damage
done by, theirproperty. Claiming that one has abandoned a piece of property
does not absolve one of the
responsibility for actions one has set in motion. We condemn the EPA s Superfund
whose taxing powers are
used to penalize all chemical firms, regardless of their conduct. Such clean-ups
are a subsidy of irresponsible
companies at the expense of responsible ones.
  We support strong and effective laws against fraud and misrepresentation.
However, we oppose paternalis-
tic regulations which dictate to consumers, impose prices, define standards
for products, or otherwise restrict
risk-taking and free choice. We oppose governmental promotion or imposition
of the metric system.
  We oppose all so-called "consumer protection" legislation which
infringes upon voluntary trade, and call
for the abolition of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. We advocate
the repeal of all laws banning or
restricting the advertising of prices, products, or services. We specifically
oppose laws requiring an individual
to buy or use so-called 'self-'protection" equipment such as safety
belts, air bags, or crash hel[mets.
  We advocate the abolition of the Federal Aviation Administration, which
has jeopardized airline safety by
arrogating to itself a monopoly of safety regulation and enforcement.
  We advocate the abolition of the Food and Drug Administration and particularly
its policies of mandating
specific nutritional requirements and denying the right of manufacturers
to make non-fiaudulent claims con-
cerning their products..We advocate an end to compulsory fluoridation of
water supplies. We specifically
oppose government regulation of the price, potency, or quantity able to be
produced or purchased of drugs or
other consumer goods. There should be no laws regarding what substances (nicotine,
alcohol, hallucinogens,
narcotics, Laetrile, artificial sweeteners, vitamin supplements, or other
"drugs") a person may ingest or other-
wise use.
  We advocate the complete separation of education and State. Government
schools lead to the indoctrina-
tion of children and interfere with the free choice of individuals. Government
ownership, operation, regula-
tion, and subsidy of schools and colleges should be ended.
  As an interim measure to encourage the growth of private schools and variety
in education, we support tax
credits for tuition and other expenditures related to an individual's education.
We support the repeal of all
taxes on the income or property of private schools, whether for profit or
  We condemn compulsory education laws, which spawn prison-like schools with
many of the problems asso-
ciated with prisons, and we call for an immediate repeal of such laws.
  Until government involvement in education is ended, we support elimination,
within the governmental
school system of forced busing and corporal punishment. We further support
immediate reduction of tax
sup.port or sciools, and removal of the burden of school taxes from those
not responsible for the education of
  Recognizing that the American people are not a collective national resource,
we oppose all coercive mea-
sures for population control.
  We oppose government actions that either compel or prohibit abortion, sterilization,
or any other forms of
birth control. Specifically, we condemn the vicious practice of forced sterilization
of welfare recipients or of
mentally retarded or "genetically defective" individuals.
  We regard the tragedies caused by unplanned, unwanted pregnancies to be
aggravated, if not created, by
government policies of censorship, restriction, regulation, andprohibition.
Therefore, we call for the repeal of
all laws that restrict anyone, including children, Trom engaging in voluntary
exchanges of goods, services, or
information regarding human sexuality, reproduction, hirth control, or related
medical or biological
  We equally oppose government laws and policies that restrict the opportunity
to choose alternatives to
  We support an end to all subsidies for childbearing built into our present
laws, including welfare plans and
the provision of tax-supported services for children. -We urge the elimination
of special tax burdens on single
people and couples with few or no children.
  Government interference in transportation is characterized by monopolistic
restriction, corruption and
gross inefficiency. We therefore call or the dissolution of all government
agencies concerned with transporta-
tion, including the Department of Transportation, the Interstate Commerce
Commission, the Federal Avia-
tion Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board, the Coast
Guard, and the Federal Maritime
Commission, and the transfer of their legitimate functions to competitive
private firms. We demand the return
of America's railroad system to private ownership. We call for the privatization
of airports, air traffic control
systems, public roads, and the national highway system. We condemn the re-cartelization
of commercial
aviation by the Federal Aviation Administration via rationing of take-off
and landing rights and controlling
scheduling in the name of "safety."
  As interim measures, we advocate an immediate end to government regulation
of private transit organiza-
tions and to governmental favors to the transportation industry. In particular,
we support the immediate
repeal of all laws restricting transit competition such as the granting of
taxicab and bus monopolies and the
prohibition of private jitney services. We urge immediate deregulation of
the trucking industry. Likewise, we
advocate the immediate repeal of federally imposed speed limits.

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