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Root says we need “more” government?

• Lee Wrights
Earlier today Libertarian Party national chair candidate, and future presidential hopeful, Wayne Allyn Root posted an article on his own blog Root for America entitled, “Lessons Obama Should Have Learned From Watching the Super Bowl.” While the article is light-hearted and even entertaining for some I suppose, I came away from it asking myself, “When is Mr. Root going to learn his lesson about Libertarianism?”
In his missive Mr. Root says:
“Sports gambling (and all forms of online gaming) needs to be legalized. Our country is bankrupt. We need to use Nevada as a role model for the nation and legalize, regulate and tax “sin,” like any other business. Legalizing medical marijuana and online gaming has the potential to bring in $300 billion in new tax revenues. That could pay down government debts, or allow us to lower taxes for our hardworking American taxpayers.”

5 Comments in Response to

Comment by Jerry Alexander (10403)
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I bet Root is from either 'Arizona/Songbird",or,"Nevada/Reid"...maybe Texas/ of those Anti American states for sure.

Comment by Don Wills (14843)
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Anarcho-libertarians who believe that our government might legalize marijuana and not tax it are disconnected from reality. I'm not a big fan of Wayne Root, but he recognizes the limits of what can be achieved in the real world, the world where those who run the government have the power thus make the rules. Recognizing the reality of politics, Root simply advocates for more individual liberty. What's wrong with that?

Government is going to exist whether we like it or not. Anyone who believes otherwise is simply kidding themselves.

Comment by Ken Valentine (3512)
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 You're right Donna. This gink just doesn't seem to get it. Raise more "revenue?" How about eliminating government spending and reducing taxes?

I, in my geezerliness, can remember when the total federal budget was 76 billion dollars -- it's now . . . what, more than fourty times that much?

Comment by Brock Lorber (11655)
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Don, you are a case study in doublethink.

Comment by Don Wills (14843)
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What a ridiculous title! Root isn't saying he wants more government.

Did the move from outright prohibition of alcohol to legalizing and taxing it constitute more government? Not in my book. It constituted more freedom for individuals. Not absolute freedom, but a whole lot more freedom than before.

The same logic holds for medical pot and Internet gambling. The move from outright prohibition to legalized and taxed is exactly the same - freedom will increase if it happens.

The world isn't black and white. It's shades of grey. Until libertarians embrace that concept, they will continue to do more damage than good to increasing liberty in America.