Give Liberty a Chance!

God has given to men all that is necessary for them to accomplish their destinies…

And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgement of faith in God and His works.

- Frederic Bastiat, The Law, 1850

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Opening Day

Today, the First Session of the 95th General Assembly was convened and I am looking forward to tackling the challenges before us on your behalf. It is also with great regret that I inform you that yesterday, January 6th, the U.S. Congress also convened to work tirelessly on their behalf.

At the beginning of each new General Assembly which occurs every two years, the first order of business after the legislators are sworn in is the election of a new Speaker of the House. I am very pleased to have supported and voted for Rep. Ron Richard from Joplin to this important post. He takes this position at a challenging time in Missouri and our Nation.

While Congress has frittered away opportunity after opportunity and readies our descendants for untold trillions of dollars in debt to a seemingly endless line of special interests representing about every industry our Nation has to offer, Speaker Richard outlined a new vision.

Instead of rewarding the poor decisions of individual business leaders and lining the pockets of favored industries under the guise of “the greater good”, the Republican majority in the Missouri House recognizes that the bedrock of the economy, the bedrock of every community, is you and your family. So, today Speaker Richard outlined a four point plan known as the Family Recovery Plan.

The Family Recovery Plan starts with continued efforts to make Missouri a job-friendly state. We recognize that the oldest social program known to man is a family supporting job. This plan calls for a modest tax cut that will keep more of your hard-earned dollars in your pocket where they belong. The plan pursues free-market solutions to promote ownership, better access, affordability, and privacy in health care while making it more transparent and ensuring that it is free of the waste, fraud, and abuse that has plagued it in the past. Finally, this plan will explore ways to promote the development of our alternative energy sources such as clean coal, wind farms, hydroelectric, and nuclear power.

The Family Recovery Plan is essential to provide Missourians with the assistance they need during these tough economic times. The plan, along with sound budget planning, will be the cornerstone on which our legislative successes will be built. It is time for government to quit trying to pick winners and losers. Where our federal government has failed to act, the Missouri House will remain committed to seeking solutions to the problems faced by Missourians from all walks of life.

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