Intro to MP2 Project

Reversing the slip and slide into socialism that started in ~1912 with the election of the first "progressive" president.

In Idaho's public policy arena, some legislators are latching onto a new
philosophy: Motivating People to be More Productive (MPMP or MPSquared).

Bipartisan focus on two concepts: 1) Producing vs. Consuming and 2)
Strong families are the most efficient "supplier" of "social services".

Producing: Take a bunch of raw materials and make something of value.
Consuming: Taking something of value and use it up; turn it into trash.

If a group of 100 people landed on an island rich in natural resources,
they would have to start off producing stuff of value. Barter would
occur and eventually, some rare thing would start serving as currency.

Thus, a society that consumes more than it produces is in trouble. A
society that produces a bit more than it consumes is in good shape, even
allowing for some exports which provide it with either cash, valued
products or other raw materials.

Democrats and Republicans see the logic: A society (or person) that is
a net producer is good; however, a net consumer must be supported by the
producers. If the USA continues as a net consumer (to wit, significant
deficit spending), some other country will have to step up and be our
caretaker perhaps demanding to control how and what we consume.

The USA has proved that government is the worst provider of social
services (food, clothing, shelter, education, mentoring/parenting).
There's waste, fraud, and lack to truly concerned mentors to help folks
become producers.

So, Idaho Legislators are starting to craft laws that re-empower
families by giving them back their authority to decide how "social
services" will be provided. This includes rewarding them with cash when
they pick up the ball. It's the ole carrot approach vs. the stick.

*Social Services*
During the first 120 years of this country, families provided themselves
with food, clothing, shelter. They helped their neighbors. They
encouraged one another to better themselves. The federal government was
quite small. There was no income tax; families had the resources to
implement their decisions.

The country went from obscure colonies to the foremost country in the
world. Amazing!

So, part of MPMP is to return to what works. Re-empower families, allow
families to use the fruits-of-their-labor.

*Welfare*
For instance, acquire and skill and a job and you don't lose welfare
instantly. You are celebrated and rewarded.

*Education*
Teach you kid Kindergarten subjects and you get some of your tax money
back.

Allow kids to test out of high school classes. That frees them to truly
learn other topics.

If your kid takes online classes augmenting "normal" classes starting in
4th grade, kids may graduate from high school in 6 years vs. 8 years and
gets college scholarship from the state, taking 2 years of college
courses at their current high school campus. Then, they go to college
campus and finish college in two or three years, or at age 22 they
graduate with a masters.

Parents select curricula for their kids. If ten kids are to learn a
particular curricula, the public schools are obliged to provide a
teacher. If less than ten, the parent is invited to the school to teach
it; no teaching certificate is required.

Abandon the UN common core standards. Instead, cherry pick individual
standards from the best in the world. Perhaps some from common core,
some from China and other Asian countries, Europe? Etc. Who is the
best today? Certainly not the US of A.

*Health Insurance*
Require insurance companies to take the Obamacare mandatory premium and
put most of it in a funded health savings account. This is on the order
of $10,000 to $20,000 per family per year.

These accounts will build up over an individual's life time to $100,000
to 200,000 to pay for end-of-life expenses.

Everyone gets a monthly statement showing how much they have to spend.
Individuals authorize expenditures and they see the dollars spent for
specific services. This motivates consumers to ask for prices returning
competition to the health care industry. Good ole competition, the ole
equalizer, forces low prices and returns a drive toward efficiency.

Also, young adults won't have much saved up in their accounts, so the
law provides that the insurance companies offer a high deductible
catastrophic policy (thus, low premium).

*MPMP*
In any change in public policy, there are problems. We'd rather deal
with problems in implementing MPMP policy vs. the horrific crash that will happen
if we keep driving up our national debt, restricting access to natural
resources, encouraging folks to not work, making it difficult to
accumulate capital for plant and equipment, driving up the cost of energy.