Martin: Pass the 'Right to Earn a Living' bill

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photo Columnist David Martin

In his 1960 book, "The Conscience of a Conservative," former Arizona senator and Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater wrote, "I have little interest in streamlining government or making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size." His goal was not "to inaugurate new programs," but to eliminate old ones that among other things, "impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden."

Talking with Tennessee state Rep. Martin Daniel, it's hard not to hear the ghost of Goldwater. The Knoxville Republican is a staunch advocate of the free market, individual liberties and putting the government on a Weight Watchers-like diet. He also happens to be the House sponsor of one of my favorite bills introduced in Nashville this year, one that will help undo some of those "unwarranted financial burden(s)" imposed by the state.