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

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

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   America's free market in agriculture, the system that feeds much of the
world, has been plowed under by
government intervention. Government subsidies, regulation, and taxes have
encouraged the centralization of
agricultural business. Government export policies hold American farmers hostage
to the political whims of
both Republican and Democratic administrations. Government embargoes on grain
sales and other obstacles
to free trade have frustrated the development of free and stable trade relationships
between peoples of the
  The agricultural problems facing America today are not insoluble- however.
Government policies can be
reversed. Farmers and consumers alike should be free from the meddling and
counterproductive measures of
the federal government - free to grow, sell, and buy what they want, in the
quantity they want, when they
want. Five steps can be taken immediately:
   a. abolition of the Department of Agriculture
   b. elimination of all government farm programs, including price supports,
direct subsidies, and all regula-
tion on agricultural production;
   c. deregulation of the transportation industry and abolition of the Interstate
Commerce Commission;
   d. repeal of federal inheritance taxes; and
   e. ending government involvement in agriculturalpest control. A policy
of pest control whereby private
individuals or corporations bear full responsibility for damages they inflict
on their neighbors should be
  We call for the repeal of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. This
law denies the right to liberty and
property to both employer and employee, and it interferes in their private
contractual relations. OSHA's
arbitrary and high-handed actions invade property rights, raise costs, and
are an injustice imposed on
  We favor the repeal of the fraudulent, virtually bankrupt, and increasingly
oppressive Social Security sys-
tem. Pendingthat repeal, participation in Social Security should be made
voluntary. Victims of the Social
Security tax should have a claim against government property. We note that
members of the U.S. Congress,
and certain federal, state, and local government employees, have been accorded
the privileges of non-partici-
pation, one which is not accorded the working men and women of America.
  We propose the abolition of the government Postal Service. The present
system, in addition to being ineffi-
cient, encourages government surveillance of private correspondence. Pending
abolition, we call for an end to
the monopoly system and for allowing free competition in all aspects of postal
  We propose the abolition of the Civil Service system, which entrenches
a permanent andgrowing bureau-
cracy upon the land. We recognize that the Civil Service is inherently a
system of concealedfpatronage. We
therefore recommend return to the Jeffersonian principle of rotation in office.
  We call for an end to government control of political parties, consistent
with First Amendment rights to
freedom of association and freedom of expression. As private voluntary groups,
political parties should be
allowed to establish their own rules for nomination procedures, primaries,
and conventions.
  We urge repeal of the Federal Election Campaign Act which suppresses voluntary
support of candidates
and parties, compels taxpayers to subsidize politicians and political views
which many do not wish to support,
invades the privacy of American citizens, and protects the Republican and
Democratic arties from competi-
tion. This law is particularly dangerous as it enables the federal government
to control tIhe elections of its own
administrators and beneficiaries, thereby further reducing its accountability
to the citizens.
  Elections at all levels should be in the control of those who wish to participate
in or support them voluntar-
ily We therefore call for an end to any tax-financed subsidies to candidates
or parties and the repeal of all laws
which restrict voluntary financing of election campaigns.
  Many state legislatures have established prohibitively restrictive laws
which in effect exclude alternative
candidates and parties from their rightful place on election ballots. Such
laws wrongfully deny ballot access to
political candidates and groups and further deny the voters their right to
consider all legitimate alternatives.
We hold that no state has an interest to protect in this area except for
the fair and efficient conduct of elections.
  The Australian ballot system, introduced into the United States in the
late nineteenth century, is an abridge-
ment of freedom of expression and of voting rights. Under it, the names of
all the officially approved candi-
dates are printed in a single government sponsored format and the voter indicates
his or her choice by marking
it or by writing in an approved but unlisted candidate's name. We should
return to the previous electoral
system where there was no official ballot or candidate approval at all, and
therefore no state or federal restric-
tion of access to a "single ballot." Instead, voters submitted
their own choices and had the option of using
"tickets" or cards printed by candidates or political parties.
  In order to grant voters a full range of choice in federal state and local
elections, we propose the addition of
the alternative "None of the above is acceptable" to all ballots.
We further propose that in the event that
"none of the above is acceptable" receives a plurality of votes
in any election, the elective office for that term
should remain unfilled and unfunded.
                                          FOREIGN AFFAIRS
  American foreign policy should seek an America at peace with the world
and the defense   against attack
from abroad - of the lives, liberty, and property of the American people
on American soil. Provision of such
defense must respect the individual rights of people everywhere.
  The principle of non-intervention should guide relationships between governments.
The United States gov-
ernment should return to the historic libertarian tradition of avoiding entangling
alliances, abstaining totally
from foreign quarrels and imperialist adventures, and recognizing the right
to unrestricted trade, travel, and
                                        DIPLOMATIC POLICY
  The important principle in foreign policy should be the elimination of
intervention by the.United States
government in the affairs of other nations. We would negotiate with any foreign
government without necessar-
ily conceding moral legitimacy to that government. We favor a drastic reduction
in cost and size of our total

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