Why do you assume that I am in favor of a "progressive" tax system that is conficatory?
Oh, I get it. Your were being wry it's you who believe in such a tax system.
Yes -- Stop subsidizing farmers. There are no more "family farms" in America. The ones owned by family members are corporate entities paying off Dem politicians like Sen. (I'm a corncobbing Leftist!) Harkin.
Yes - Remove all tariffs on imports, except those imposed on nations that impose tariffs on an American goods. Do some research...who is favor of tariffs? Unions! The money bags of the Democrat Party. How do you preserve low skilled jobs that earn far more than the market would dictate and help fund the lavish lifestyles of Union Bosses and the power they weild? You urge the government to place trade barriers on products manufacture by low cost labor countries.
If there is a conservative in this mix, I can't find him or her.
Who is holding the American workforce from accepting and moving forward with obtaining the skill necessary to make a living in the 21st Century?
When the telephone became ubiquitous, messenger boys suffered a vast wave of irrlevancy and unemplolyment. Should we have restriained the use of telephones to perserve obsolescent jobs?
That is what has and is happening in America.
Manufacturing is either a low labor cost endeavor (thanks to robotics) or a very high labor cost endeavor.
Most of the world doesn't require the high wages our manufactoring employees demand, and so virtually every successful company in America that requires manufacturing, has outsourced to nations with low labor costs.
George Soros could, with his billions, create an industry that is willing to uncompetively pay American manufacturing workers more than their counterparts in China, India, Indodesia, Brazil et al, but his industry would nt last for long.
No doubt a small measure of American Liberals would be OK with paying more for a product, in order to support the Soros dream, but they couldn't keep the Soros enterprise afloat.
There are as many people, and quite likely a lot more, who shop at WalMart that are Democrats rather than Republicans.
Tell the "poor" that they have to pay more for their kid's clothes because your ideology demands it and WalMart is a a pariah of the Ideological Left.
Yes - Close all military bases in Europe and Japan. Unfortunately we need to keep our bases in South Korea in place because the North Korean leadership are power mad idiots.
No one will rush to invade Europe or Japan is we pull back our troops.
However there is a subtle aspect to this question that, unsurpisingly, eludes you and your confreres.
US bases in Europe and Japan are not military support, they are economic support. No country is the forseeable future is going to invade Europe or Japan and yet Europeans and Japanese demand security from their governments.
The US has, almost exclusively, assumed the cost of defending Japan and Europe.
This has bought us a measure of influence in the government of Japan and Europe, but the return on our investment, in this regard, has dramatically reduced since the years immediately following WWII.
Since the influence our military support has purchased has greatly diminished in the years since WWII, our support should diminish as well.
Nothing could be more foolish than to spend billions of dollars in military expense to purchase political influence, when the political influence has shrunken to a minimum.
In point of fact, an American president that recognizes the imbalance of this long standing equation and makes moves to correct it, will likely find the leaders of Europe and Japan scrambling to align themselves more closely with us if for no other reason that their voters insist on defense and for all these years America has paid for it.
Of course if they don't, and the jingoists of Europe and Japan prevail, then I say eff them. Remove our bases and let them take the real risk of their bets.
In some ways we (America) need to be more engaged in the world (Sudan, Syria, Iran et al), but a rational withdrawal that requires our "allies" to recognize that a spade is indeed a spade, would, I think, be in our national interest.
Sorry Hinge, I suspect this is too nuanced a response for you.
You get to be a true believer in nonsense.