by Bob Maschi
November 14, 2007
The modern conservative movement is based on bashing government (no matter how lenient they are on the current, incompetent administration). Many libertarians even suggest that government should be completely abolished. If you think that all of your tax money is wasted (not just that portion being sent to Iraq), then here are some suggestions on how you can live without the benefits, or interference, of government.
1 Stop using money. Money is printed and minted by the government. Even if you only use charge cards, the transactions are based on the government’s money supply. Go back to the barter system – demand that your employer or clients pay you in chickens and goats. Then demand that your creditors take chicken and goats as payment.
2 Stop using the government’s roads. This includes bridges, highways and residential streets and all the traffic lights and street signs involved. Even if they weren’t built by government, most are maintained by government. And you might as well hand in your government-issued driver’s license.
3 Get off the Do Not Call List (one of the most consumer-friendly things the government has done in recent years). Then, try to figure out how you’re going to get anything done while being bumblasted by telemarketing calls from New Delhi.
4 Stop using the nation’s banking system. While banks aren’t directly owned by the government, government regulations keep them viable and safe. For example, your funds in banks are FEDERALLY insured, meaning that our government guarantees that your bank accounts are safe. Stick your money under the mattress or in a coffee can buried in the back yard (which is what people used to do during the depression, before the government guaranteed bank funds). And, for the record, the current mortgage mess wasn’t caused by too much government interference, but by too little. Well, that and greedy, bloodsucking lenders.
5 Stop using government-supplied water. Yes, most of America gets its water through reservoirs, wells and pipes installed and maintained by the government. No more showers, washing machines or dishwashers. Use cans of cola to flush your toilets and buy bottled water for drinking and cooking. It’s doubly unfair for you to take advantage of the water supply since government is also usually responsible for treating and disposing of waste water.
6 Car get stolen? Is someone breaking into your bedroom? Is your home on fire? Are you suffering a massive heart attack? Don’t dial 911. Police and fire departments, as well as the 911 emergency systems, are paid for with tax dollars.
7 America’s public schools ensure that all children have the opportunity to be educated (rather than just those who can afford it). State-run and affordable university systems allow many of those students to further advance their educations and careers. So, stop taking advantage of these systems. Don’t go there or don’t send your kids there. Also, don’t employ, work for or work with, anyone educated at public expense.
8 America’s first public library was begun with donations from Benjamin Franklin. Local libraries allow residents to study and enjoy a wide array of books, newspapers, tapes, movies and even computers. All at little or no cost. Actually, forget this one. If you don’t believe in government, you probably don’t spend much time in libraries anyway.
9 Stop using the postal service. Mail your bill payments and other letters through UPS, FedEx or some other private company. Guaranteed, it’ll cost a lot more than the price of a first-class stamp – and it won’t be handled any more efficiently.
10 Stop taking lunch breaks and coffee breaks and give up your overtime pay. For most workers, these aren’t gifts from employers. They are federally mandated.
There are many more things that you can do to distance yourself from the evils of government. But the above are excellent starts and give you the ability to defend yourself against those biting charges of hypocrisy.
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