We think that the government and our elected officials are taking us in the wrong direction. However theirs are not new ideas. As evidenced by the quotes below those ideas have been foisted upon us before (many times), but we have survived....
I think Calvin Coolidge could make quite a bit of headway in 2012 with his line of thinking...
“Don’t hurry to legislate. Give administration a chance to catch up with legislation.” - 1914
“Money will not purchase liberty or good government.” - 1916
“No matter what anyone may say about making the rich and corporations pay the taxes, in the end they come out of the people who toil.” - 1924
“I want the people of America to be able to work less for the government and more for themselves. I want them to have the rewards of their industry. This is the chief meaning of freedom.” - 1924
“The wise and correct course to follow in taxation and in all other economic legislation is not to destroy those who have already secured success, but to create conditions under which everyone will have a better chance to become successful.” - Inaugural Address, 1925
“Whenever some people find that abuse needs correction in their neighborhood, instead of applying a remedy themselves, they seek to have a tribunal sent on from Washington to discharge their duties for them, regardless of the fact that in accepting such supervision they are bartering away their freedom.” - 1928
“We demand entire freedom of action and then expect the government in some miraculous way to save us from the consequences of our own acts….self-government means self-reliance.” - 1930