Next Thirty Days
Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
March, I laid out my "Thirty Day Plan" for de-socializing America.
But I didn't scrap all of big government; now it's time for more:
ONE: Foreign junkets are outlawed. If anyone on the federal
payroll wants to fly overseas, he has to buy his own ticket. The
State Department, Congress, and White House go into hyperventilation.
TWO: Medicare and Medicaid are abolished as illegitimate transfers
of wealth that drive up the cost of care. HHS, whose insolent $30,000
clerks can't speak intelligible English, goes out of business.
THREE: The Supreme Court reads the Constitution, and reverses
every court decision of the last fifty years.
FOUR: The doors of the Legal Services Corporation are nailed
shut. The envious must now pay for their own anti-business law suits.
FIVE: Marxist inheritance taxes are terminated as the moral
equivalent of stealing pennies from a dead man's eyes.
SIX: To help prevent the growth of a new welfare state, the
franchise is restricted: no one on the dole, which includes government
employees, may vote.
SEVEN: Civil service is abolished, and the grand, old Jefferson-Jackson
"spoils system" reintroduced. With "rotation in office," there is
no permanent governing class of officials, and voters can actually
change the government.
EIGHT: Racial set-asides are repealed. The remaining government
contractors are judged on ability.
NINE: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is axed; 126
years after slavery, employers are freed. They can hire, fire, and
promote on their property as they think best.
TEN: The Food and Drug Administration is killed. The First Amendment
now applies to commercial speech, and producers and consumers decide
the content of food labels. Patients and doctors determine what
drugs to use, and a host of life-saving drugs and medical devices
ELEVEN: National Public Radio is replaced by static, a big improvement.
Taxpayers no longer subsidize hysterical left-wing broadcasts about
the oppression (i.e., non-funding) of transvestite Kenyan obukano
TWELVE: The war on drugs is no more. Prices and therefore street
crime plummet, and hoodlums no longer grow rich, thus restoring
the natural socioeconomic hierarchy.
THIRTEEN: Mother-Knows-Best government is gagged: no more hectoring
about tobacco and alcohol.
FOURTEEN: NASA is blasted. Private businesses and scientific
organizations now launch satellites at their own expense. If Star
Trek fans want space exploration, they are free to pay for it.
FIFTEEN: The Old Executive Office Building next door to the
White House becomes a museum of big government. Although now housing
just part of the president's personal staff, it once held the entire
departments of War, State, and Interior.
SIXTEEN: Head Start, the beloved but incompetent children's
welfare program, is abolished as a scam on the taxpayers and an
unwarranted intrusion into families.
SEVENTEEN: The Office of the United States Trade Representative
is abolished, along with every tariff, quota, and "free trade" agreement.
Businesses negotiate their own deals with foreign governments, at
no cost to the taxpayer.
EIGHTEEN: The Export-Import Bank and the Overseas Private Investment
Corp are shut down. American corporations doing business overseas
must now bear their own costs.
NINETEEN: Sixty-eight federal commissions, boards, and committees
are scrapped, including the Appalachian Regional Commission, the
Indian Arts and Crafts Board, and the Permanent Committee for the
Oliver Wendell Holmes Device.
TWENTY: Government and quasi-government museums like the Smithsonian
are privatized, and soon discover that regular Americans won't pay
to see left-wing, state-exalting, anti-American multicultural extravaganzas,
or a mirror hanging on a wall and labeled: "Mirror."
TWENTY-ONE: The Federal Emergency Management Administration
is abolished. Disaster relief is left to private charities, which
actually provide it, and there are no more FEMA schemes for "emergency"
bureaucratic takeovers of the country.
TWENTY-TWO: Any federal agency whose initials are incomprehensible
to the average taxpayer is bumped off, including FHFB, FLRA, FMSHRC,
TWENTY-THREE: The Americans with Disabilities Act, which burdens
businesses with new regulatory costs and shuts the most severely
disabled people out of the work force, is killed.
TWENTY-FOUR: The Seventeenth Amendment mandating direct election
of U.S. senators is repealed, and state legislatures once again
elect senators as their representatives, vastly strengthening the
states as against the federal ex- leviathan.
TWENTY-FIVE: Bankruptcy laws are repealed; debtors who refuse
to pay their debts are treated as virtual thieves.
TWENTY-SIX: The FHA, Ginnie Mae, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and
all other agencies that subsidize housing are torn down. No longer
is there malinvestment in this area.
TWENTY-SEVEN: The U.S. Foreign Service, whose ambassadors live
luxuriously in mansions with retinues of personal servants, is replaced
with fax machines.
TWENTY-EIGHT: To protect American sovereignty and independence,
the U.S. left the U.N., the I.M.F., and the World Bank in my first
30 days. Now we leave 46 other globaloney outfits, including the
International Labor Organization, the World Health Organization,
and the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission.
TWENTY-NINE: We continue, junking the International Jute Organization,
the International Criminal Police Organization, the International
Office of Epizootics [horse fungus], the International Office of
Vine and Wine, and the International Rubber Study Group.
THIRTY: Finally, we dump the International Union for the Protection
of New Varieties of Plants, the African Development Bank, the Asian
Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the International
Development Association, and the International Finance Corporation.
Bankrupt foreign politicos must now apply to the Household Finance