Give It Back
The principles of fiscal prudence and responsible government would suggest that whenever a government runs a surplus, raising more in taxes than it spends, it should either pay down debt or reduce taxes or give the money back to the citizens. Rarely is this ever seen. The norm in such circumstances is for governments to keep taxes high and dream up new ways to spend taxpayers money, whilst turning a blind eye to government debt.
Rick Perry, Governor of Texas is a rare political leader. He gets out vote for the most fiscally ethical politician of the year.
By JOYCE LEE MALCOLM
Americans are determined that massacres such as happened in Newtown, Conn., never happen again. But how? Many advocate more effective treatment of mentally-ill people or armed protection in so-called gun-free zones. Many others demand stricter control of firearms.
We aren't alone in facing this problem. Great Britain and Australia, for example, suffered mass shootings in the 1980s and 1990s. Both countries had very stringent gun laws when they occurred. Nevertheless, both decided that even stricter control of guns was the answer. Their experiences can be instructive.