The vote in Mass and what government should be...
These are just my opinions and this post isn't designed to incite you or belittle your own political views. I think that the vote in Mass was more a vote against the status quo than a vote for a conservative government. I think that the last presidential election was a vote against a conservative government. I think that the middle class is torn between the lessor of 2 evils and more often dissappointed post election.
I'd just like propose a different type of government. I'll proceed...
First, The government's primary responsibilty is to ensure the safety of it's own citizens. While that may involve a war, it should only involve a war when there is a known aggressor that threatens the safety of your citizens.
Second, A government should promote opportunity for it's citizens over charity. When government resources are used to solve a problem, the problem should end in a solution. Our government tends to maintain problems with continued monetary support. The incentive of the individual is lost with a steady paycheck. If on the other hand, we rewarded a citizen's own efforts to solve a problem, we create even more incentive for a self-created solution.
Third, There should be one overall transparent tax for the entire population. The tax should not be regressive and should promote achievement while discouraging unneeded consumption. The reason for this is to promote the growth of the nation as a whole and anything less undermines the economy. The closest thing that I can think of for this type of tax would be a cross between the European VAT and the "Fair Tax". The VAT format allows more successful collection. I would exclude food, housing, and utilities from such a tax to avoid regression. I would keep the prebate but maybe at a smaller amount since the basic needs will no longer be taxed. I would allow luxuries and unwanted consumption to be taxed at a higher level. (such as tobacco and alchohol, since these things tend to have a negative effect on society as a whole)
Fourth, A government must spend within it's means. If you want to go to war, you must pay for it by raising your current tax at least temporarily. If you want to create a new program, you have to fund it with a tax. For any raise in taxes other than war, there must be a special vote of the entire population.
Fifth, A government should never try to legislate morality. It should neither promote, nor condem any religious, political, ethical, or economic view unless condeming that view is to protect a victim.
Sixth, A government should be small and should only be large enough to perform it's duties. It should be transparent to the public and should be held accountable for it's actions. Any citizen should be able to hold the government accountable for it's actions. A government that is bloated is a government that is a strain on it's own economy and shrouded in a veil of of anonymity.
Seventh, Any legislation should be provided to the voting public in both proposed and amended form during the entire voting process. Enough time must be given to the voting public to examine the bill before it is passed by any legeslative body.
How do you get this government? You demand it!
Stop voting for the stooges on the left and the right and vote for any other candidate that you can find. Tell these ideas to your friends and your family and ask them to do the same.
You can either sit around waiting for change to happen or you can help cause the change yourself.
It's up to you.