Will Costa Libertarian for Georgia Labor Commissioner
For some time the economy of Georgia has been affected by the behavior of our elected officials, a practice that has left Georgians feeling neglected. These officials have ignored State and Federal Constitutional mandates to govern as actual representatives of their constituency. Their current economic practices have caused inefficiency and waste at both the National and the State levels. This onslaught of financial waste must stop. We as citizens of Georgia, such as myself, can accept hard work needed to sustain the economy, but we do not want our efforts thwarted by the greed of a corrupt or lazy Government. We need to make Georgia self sustaining. The old way of asking for a Federal Grant or letting a Federal agency become de facto management is not effective leadership. I have chosen to run for Labor Commissioner because I know I can bring a positive influence because I understand the mechanics of the economy. Since 1983 I have been a principle operator in a small food manufacturing business and understand what it takes to make a company work., as well how to attract more to Georgia. Manufacturing agriculture will be key to creating a self-sustaining Georgia.
In terms of education, teaching the reality of basic economics is important. This can be achieved through promotion of courses in economics and monetary policies for middle and high school students. Teaching economic principles are also important in promoting technical and service job training for high schools and universities. It is a matter of understanding how the monetary system works, the actual effects of how money flows and what the realities of the Free Market system truly means. Financially educated citizens can go a long way toward bringing a positive economic growth and independence. This will instill an individual sense of responsibility, and eliminate dependency on Federal financial aid. The philosophy of Austrian Economics should become the basis for business education, being aware of the need for honesty, not crony capitalism. Austrian Economics is the study of the principals of a true free market economy, unlike or current “artificial” market economy that is strongly influenced by the “invisible hand of government”.
I believe it is necessary to work with the Office of the Secretary of State to simplify the process of starting new businesses. This would include a review process on Federal and State regulations as well as making sure that non-legislative constraints would have meaningful value to the people. I am well aware that the Labor Commissioner will not have the authority to change any regulations, but there is no reason why the Labor Commissioner cannot work with the State Legislators to petition for better regulations that have real value. I would also make it a requirement that work place safety is covered so that either the employees or the employers would have an unfair advantage. Streamlining of rules and regulations must be instituted. As a business owner I understand the overwhelming redundancy of regulations that do nothing more than add to ones paper work, and provides no service to the consumer. Naturally safety regulation must be in place, but excessive regulations of production add to costs with no appreciable benefits. Government entities must be held to the same standards as private individuals and corporations.
It has been proven, repeatedly, that reducing or eliminating corporate taxes can stimulate a business environment. Lower taxes have the effect of stimulating greater production development. Greater production leads to higher employment and higher employment provides for greater financial security to the community, The primary objective is to promote a better economic environment for companies and individuals as they begin and grow their business. The best thing the State of Georgia can do is to eliminate the state corporate income tax, something the consumer pays for as part of the cost of the goods or services anyway. In essence, higher taxes on corporate earnings discourages job creating capital investment.
With your help we can bring real value back to Georgia.
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