Education, Business & Health Care
Today, all Tennesseans are concerned about the direction education, business, and health care are going. These three things suffer more and more every day. They suffer mostly from the same issue - burdensome government regulations.
In the not too distant past, our schools were the best in the world and our children among the best educated. Tennessee was a leader in attracting business, its citizens prospered creating wealth and opportunity; and health care was affordable and friendly. That is not what most Tennesseans feel today about these three things.
If there was a time in our past where we could do all three better than anyone else in the world, why can't we do it today. The difference between then and now is that government has grown too large and interfered too much in the market place. We not only need to shrink the size of government but we need to return the policy making decisions back to the lowest level where people have an intimate knowledge of what is needed and how to get it.
Since all three of these things are interconnected, it is imperative that we fix all three - immediately. Good schools attract good businesses - good businesses attract good workers - health care keeps the work force moving; this constitutes the flywheel of success and presently we are on the tread mill of doom.
More government bureaucracy has not led to greater prosperity, it has had a strangling effect with more regulations and diminishing returns. We keep throwing more money at these problems, creating more regulations to fix them and raising more taxes to fund regulations and bureaucracy to enforce them, this is the very definition of the tread mill of doom. We need to get off this terrible trend and resolve today to fix the problem, because we can no longer kick the can down the road to another generation. We need to go back to where we got lost, back to the basics, so that we can plan a better future for our children.
Take the online poll. I really want to know what is on the minds of Tennesseans today. If you choose other you can specify what your concern is by clicking on the comments line.
Jon-Roy Sloan is running for Representative to the Tennessee House District 69.
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