has been collecting suggestions on "how to strengthen the economy and improve life for working men and women and their families" (via InstaPundit
). The overview
page lists the objectives:
- Grow the economy
- Create good-paying jobs that allow people to raise a family, afford health insurance, pay for their children’s college education, get additional training and save for retirement
- Encourage existing companies to expand and entrepreneurs to start new ones.
Now look at the 21 finalists. More of the same redistributionist utopianism. More of the same government bleeding taxpayers dry, with a targeted tax cut (i.e. tax discrimination) or two. Nothing that will encourage small business creation.
The project is sponsored by the Service Employees International Union - not exactly an expert on how market economies work. And look at the judges. If I were to start up such a contest, at least one of those judges would be from the Cato Institute. Senator William W. Bradley? Former EPA chief Carol M. Browner? Former political strategist Ed Rollins? SEIU union boss Andrew L. Stern? Carl Pope of the Sierra Club??? What do these people know about economics? Gag.
If I were running such a contest, at least one of my judges would have Cato Institute credentials.