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Barish, Lawrence S.; Theobald, H. Rupert (ed.) / State of Wisconsin Blue Book
(1991-1992)

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


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STATE PLATFORM: LIBERTARIAN PARTY
859
7. POVERTY AND UNEMPLOYMENT
  Government fiscal and monetary measures that artificially foster business
expansion guarantee an eventual
increase in unemployment rather than curtailing it. We call for the immediate
cessation of such policies as well
as any governmental attempts to affect employment levels.
  We support repeal of all laws that impede the ability of any person to
find employment, such as minimum
wage laws, so-called "protective" labor legislation for women and
children, governmental restrictions on the
establishment of private day-care centers, and the National Labor Relations
Act. We deplore government-
fostered forced retirement, which robs the elderly of the right to work.
  We seek the elimination of occupational licensure, which prevents human
beings from working in whatever
trade they wish. We call for the abolition of all federal, state, and local
government agencies that restrict entry
into any profession, such as education and law, or regulate its practice.-No
worker should be legally penalized
for lack of certification, and no consumer should be legally restrained from
hiring unlicensed individuals.
  We oppose all government welfare, relief projects, and "aid to the
poor" programs. All these government
programs are invasive of privacy,paternalistic, demeaning, and inefficient.
The proper source of help for such
persons is the voluntary efforts of private groups and individuals.
  To speed the time when governmental programs are replaced by effective
private institutions we advocate
dollar-for-dollar tax credits for all charitable contributions.
8. HEALTH CARE
  We advocate the complete separation of medicine and State. Recognizing
the individual's right to self-
medication, we seek the elimination of all government restrictions on the
right of individuals to pursue alterna-
tive forms of health care. Individuals should be free to contract with practitioners
of their choice for all health
care services. We oppose government infringements of the practitioner-patient
relationship through regula-
tory agencies such as the Professional Standards Review Organization.
  We condemn efforts by government to impose a medical orthodoxy on society.
We specifically oppose the
attempt by state and local governments to deny parents the right to choose
the option of homebirths and to
discourage the development of privately fundedwomen's clinics. We call for
the repeal of all laws that restrict
the practice of lay midwifery or that permit harassment of lay midwives and
home birth practitioners. We also
call for the repeal of all medical licensing laws, which have raised medical
costs while creating a government-
imposed monopoly of doctors and hospitals.
  Since a person's body is his or her own property, we favor repeal of the
existing prohibition on the commer-
cial sale and purchase of body parts.
  We oppose any form of compulsory National Health Insurance. We favor abolition
of Medicare and Medi-
caid programs. We also oppose any state or federal area planning boards whose
stated purpose is to consoli-
date health services or avoidtheir dYuplication. We support the removal of
all government barriers to medical
advertising, including prohibition of publication of doctors' fees and drug
prices. We further support the
elimination of laws requiring prescriptions for the dispensing of medicines
and other health-related items.
  We favor the deregulation of the health insurance industry. We oppose laws
that limit the freedom of
contract of patients and health care professionals, and laws regulating the
supply of legal aid on a contingency
fee basis. We also oppose subsidy of malpractice insurance troughi public
funds. We call for the repeal of
laws forcing health care professionals to render medical services in emergencies
or other situations.
  We recognize that AIDS is a dread disease of epidemic proportions. But
governmental proposals to combat
it present an unprecedented threat to individuafliberty and'often encourage
the spread of the disease. We
oppose all government-mandated AIDS testing. We are opposed to FDA restrictions
which make it difficult
f6r individuals to secure treatment for this disease. We also call for the
decriminalization of hypodermic
syringes, especially since sharing needles is now a major means of transmission
of the disease. We oppose
government-mandated contact tracing and state intervention into the private
medical records of individuals.
We are opposed to efforts by the government, especially the postal service,
to restrict the dissemination of
AIDS education material. We support the rights of all individuals to freedom
of association including the
right not to associate.
  We condemn attempts at the federal, state, or local level to cripple the
advance of science by governmental
restriction of research. We oppose subsidies to, or restrictions of. medical
education. We ca lTor an end to
government policies compelling individuals to submit to medical experiments,
treatment, and testing. We
condemn compulsory hospitalization, compulsory vaccination, and compulsory
fluoridation. As interim mea-
sures, we advocate dollar-tor-dollar tax credits to any individual or group
providing health care services to the
needy or paying for such services. Tax credits should also be made available
for private grants to medical
education and medical research.
9. RESOURCE USE
  Resource management is properly the responsibility and right of the legitimate
owners of land, water, and
other natural resources. We oppose government control of-resource use through
eminent domain, zoning
laws, building codes, rent control, regional planning, urban renewal, or
purchase of development rights with
tax moneySuch regulations and programs violate property rights, discriminate
against minorities, create
housing shortages, and tend to cause higher rents.
  We advocate the establishment of an efficient and just system of private
water rights applied to all bodies of
water, surface and underground. Such a system should be built upon a doctrine
of first claim and use. The
allocation of water shoul- be governed by unrestricted competition and unregulated
prices. All government
restrictions upon private use or voluntary transfer of water rights or similar
despotic controls can only aggra-
vate the misallocation of water.
  We also advocate the privatization of government and quasi-government water
supply systems. The con-
struction of government dams and other water projects should cease, and existing
government water projects
should be transferred to private ownership. We favor the abolition of the
Bureau of Reclamation and the
Army Corps of Engineers civilian functions. We also favor the abolition of
all local water districts and their
power to tax. Only the complete separation of water and the State will prevent
future water crises.
  We call for the homesteading or other just transfer to private ownership
of federally held lands. We oppose
any use of executive orders invoking the Antiquities Act to set aside public
lands. We call for the abolition of
the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. Forced surface-mining
of privately home-
steaded lands in which the government has reserved surface mining rights
to itself is a violation of the rights of
the present landholders. We recognize the legitimacy of resource planning
by means of private, voluntary
covenants. We oppose creation of newgovernment parks or wilderness and recreation
areas. Such parks and
areas that already exist should be transterred to non-government ownership.
Pending such just transfer, their
operating costs should be borne by their users rather than by taxpayers.


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