Republicans have important economic questions to put on the table in any discussion about America’s future. Why do Republicans embed their economics in the social rhetoric of the antebellum South, a slave-state culture that largely despises non-Christians, disdains nonwhites and distrusts independent women?
Distinct from far-right cultural prejudices are valid fiscal questions like:
• Why do we assume that one citizen is “entitled” to the earnings of another?
• Have we confused the moral imperative to share, through our free will, with the political imperative of the state to enforce taxation?
• When a shrinking base of producers supports an increasing population of nonproducers, how can an economy survive?
• Even the Bible says, “He who will not work shall not eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10). Even Marx declared, “To each according to their need, from each according to their ability.” Can we transform entitlements into cooperatives, requiring everyone who takes from the system to put energy back into it?
• How might the federal government stimulate business startups without overwhelming them in regulation?
• Might “free-enterprise zones,” where government seeds local entrepreneurs, help racial minorities gain fiscal freedom as fast or faster than “entitlements”?
• Without stimulating production, isn’t mere “redistribution of wealth” just fiscal entropy, resulting in the “heat-death” of the economy?
* Why not teach “How to Start a Business” in every public high school?
The next great Republican leader will ask these economic questions without embedding them in the buzzwords of a backward culture.