Paul believes we need to fundamentally redefine the role Harrisburg plays in our lives, and the current liberal leadership is incapable of achieving this.
Look at the annual budget mess there: it is an embarrassment and is failing Pennsylvanians. The dysfunction in Harrisburg is making it tough on every Pennsylvania family. Harrisburg and its politicians are relics of the early 20th century model embracing large scale standardization, control, spending, and bureaucracy. In our diverse and highly dynamic society, the one size of intrusive government it represents no longer fits all. Neither the Federal, nor the State Government, is as adept at solving our most pressing challenges as our individual communities are. This is particularly applicable to the three biggest programs consuming 75%-80% of the Commonwealth’s budget: education, anti-poverty, and healthcare. All three of these are failing.
The fundamental conservative role of government in the 21st Century is no longer to deliver all these services, but to engage relevant community groups, then to stimulate innovation among them by inviting collaboration with private enterprise, it should then identify the innovations that work and, finally, transfer these innovations across the Commonwealth. This is how Harrisburg should do its job, rather than trying to do ours.
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