The Patriot’s Toolbox: One Hundred Principles for Restoring Our Freedom and Prosperity


The Patriot's Toolbox: One Hundred Principles for Restoring Our Freedom and Prosperity
The Patriot's Toolbox: One Hundred Principles for Restoring Our Freedom and Prosperity

The Patriot’s Toolbox: One Hundred Principles for Restoring Our Freedom and Prosperity

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The fourth edition of The Patriot’s Toolbox offers “an agenda for incumbent office holders, a platform for candidates for public office, and a report card for civic and business leaders and journalists following the policy moves of the Trump administration, Congress, and state lawmakers.”

Coauthored and edited by Herbert Walberg, Ph.D. and Joseph L. Bast, with contributions from 18 other distinguished policy experts, the book covers ten of the most important topics being debated today:

  1. Health Care
  2. Energy and Environment
  3. Elementary and Secondary Education
  4. Higher Education
  5. Privatization
  6. Firearms
  7. Telecommunications
  8. State Fiscal Policy
  9. Federal Tax Policy
  10. Constitutional Reform

Nearly 13,000 complimentary copies of the book will be sent in October to influential audiences across the country, including every state elected official and member of Congress, thousands of civic and business leaders, and the media. More than 100,000 copies of the first three editions of The Patriot’s Toolbox were distributed since 2010, making it one of the most widely circulated and influential books on public policy in the United States. The new edition is completely rewritten and thoroughly updated to reflect the events of 2016 and so far in 2017.

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Herbert J. Walberg is distinguished visiting fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and chief scientific advisor to the Center on Innovation and Improvement.

Joseph L. Bast cofounded The Heartland Institute in 1984, served as president and CEO until July 2017, and currently is CEO.


Vicki E. Alger is a research fellow at the Independent Institute in Oakland, California, and author of the book Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America’s Children.

Timothy Benson is a policy analyst at The Heartland Institute.

Roman Buhler is national director of the Madison Coalition.

Joshua Distel is an executive assistant and office manager at the Buckeye Institute.

Peter J. Ferrara is senior fellow for entitlement and budget policy at The Heartland Institute and a senior fellow at the Social Security Institute.

George Gilder is chairman of Gilder Group, Inc. and a senior fellow at Seattle’s Discovery Institute.

Leonard Gilroy is director of government reform at Reason Foundation.

Matthew Glans is senior policy analyst for The Heartland Institute.

Hance Haney is director and senior fellow of the Technology & Democracy Project at the Discovery Institute.

Adrian Moore is vice president of policy at Reason Foundation.

Isaac Orr is a research fellow for energy and environment policy at The Heartland Institute.

Daniel J. Pilla is a tax litigation consultant and executive director of the Tax Freedom Institute, a national association of tax professionals.

Publius is a professor at a United States university.

Justin Strehle is completing a master’s degree in financial economics from Ohio University.

Austill Stuart is a policy analyst at Reason Foundation.

James M. Taylor is president of the Spark of Freedom Foundation and a senior fellow for environment and energy policy at The Heartland Institute.

Steven Titch is a journalist-turned-policy analyst focusing on tele-communications, internet, and information technology.

Richard Vedder is distinguished professor of economics emeritus at Ohio University and founding director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.

Chapter 1: Health Care
1. Repeal and replace Obamacare.
2. Reform Medicaid and Medicare.
3. Repeal existing regulations.
4. Expand health savings accounts.
5. Expand high-risk pools.
6. Encourage price transparency.
7. Expand the use of direct primary care programs.
8. Expand access to prescription drugs.
9. Remove regulatory barriers to medical innovation.
10. Reduce malpractice litigation expenses.

Chapter 2: Energy and Environment
1. Global warming is not a crisis.
2. End the war on fossil fuels.
3. Hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) is safe and beneficial.
4. National security requires affordable energy.
5. Energy self-sufficiency is achievable.
6. Air pollution is a fading challenge.
7. End subsides to alternative energy producers.
8. Biofuels cannot replace oil.
9. Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards sacrifice lives for oil.
10. Replace the Environmental Protection Agency.

Chapter 3: Elementary and Secondary Education
1. The rising tide of mediocrity.
2. Common Core was not the answer.
3. Allow parents to choose.
4. School choice programs work.
5. Avoid new regulations.
6. School choice benefits teachers.
7. Design guidelines for voucher programs.
8. Design guidelines for education savings accounts.
9. Design guidelines for charter schools.
10. Digital learning: The future of education?

Chapter 4: Higher Education
1. Higher education in the United States isn’t working.
2. Make students foot a larger share of the bill.
3. Promote free expression of ideas.
4. Increase transparency of costs and results.
5. Promote alternatives to college.
6. Emphasize instruction and raise academic standards.
7. Restructure university ownership and governance.
8. Revamp or eliminate federal student financial aid.
9. End destructive government regulation.
10. Reform or eliminate accreditation.

Chapter 5: Privatization
1. Identify privatization opportunities.
2. Prepare a business case evaluation.
3. Create a privatization center of excellence.
4. Choose contractors on best value, not lowest price.
5. Use performance-based contracting.
6. Provide effective monitoring and oversight.
7. Bundle services for better value.
8. Prepare a real property inventory.
9. Divest non-core assets.
10. Make the case to the public.

Chapter 6: Firearms
1. Americans have an individual right to keep and bear arms.
2. Bans on “assault weapons” are incoherent and self-defeating.
3. An increase in the number of guns does not lead directly to more gun crime.
4. Firearms possession among law-abiding citizens deters crime.
5. Defensive gun use saves lives.
6. Right to carry laws do not increase crime and may generate social benefits.
7. “Stand Your Ground” laws have been the historical norm in the United States.
8. The risk of firearms accidents is low and falling.
9. Large-scale illegal gun-running is a myth.
10. International experience does not support gun control in the United States.

Chapter 7: Telecommunications
1. Don’t mandate net neutrality.
2. Eliminate rules left over from the monopoly era.
3. Avoid municipal broadband projects.
4. Reform carrier of last resort and build-out obligations.
5. Reform regulation of inter-carrier access charges and interconnection fees.
6. Repeal discriminatory taxes and fees on telecom services.
7. Prohibit the collection of sales taxes on online purchases that cross state lines.
8. Strengthen privacy and Fourth Amendment protections.
9. Prohibit government regulation of content.
10. Don’t thwart expansion of Internet applications and e-commerce.

Chapter 8: State Fiscal Policy
1. Keep taxes low.
2. Avoid progressive income taxes.
3. Reduce reliance on excise taxes.
4. Create transparent and accountable budget processes.
5. Stop corporate welfare.
6. Remove regulatory barriers to prosperity.
7. Reform public pension and health care programs.
8. Fund school children, not schools.
9. Fix, don’t expand, Medicaid.
10. Cap taxes and expenditures.

Chapter 9: Federal Tax Policy
1. Tax codes should be simple and understandable.
2. Collect taxes in the least invasive manner.
3. Make tax collection efficient.
4. Make the tax code stable and predictable.
5. Taxes should not be hidden from taxpayers.
6. The tax code should be neutral.
7. Taxes profoundly affect economic growth.
8. The broader the tax base, the better.
9. Everyone should pay the same income tax rate.
10. Perhaps it is time to repeal the income tax.

Chapter 10: Constitutional Reform
1. The national government is out of control.
2. Constitutional reform is the solution.
3. Fear of a runaway convention is unfounded.
4. Choose amendments carefully.
5. Agree on convention procedures ahead of time.
6. Require Congress to balance its budget.
7. Consider the Compact approach.
8. Require congressional approval of major regulations.
9. Require due process for all administrative law proceedings.
10. States can refuse to enforce federal laws.

3 reviews for The Patriot’s Toolbox: One Hundred Principles for Restoring Our Freedom and Prosperity

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    In these 400 pages lies simple solutions to everything that ails our nation. Were every state legislator to read it, as our future federal legislators, we would end up with a far superior Congress.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is more than just a patriot’s toolbox, it is, in fact, an owners’ manual for the sovereigns of the United States, its people. For the last generation we have strayed dangerously from the framers’ design, in our courts, in our federal legislature, and even in the Presidency. If studied and implemented by policy makers, government officials, and concerned citizens, this brilliant and learned volume could do more than any other to bring about a return to our core conceptions of the rule of law and rule by and for the people. This book ought really to be regarded as similar to what Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay attempted in The Federalist at the time of the adoption of our Constitution. It has been more than two centuries since that time, and this is one of the best works since the Federalist to teach Americans how properly to govern themselves.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    This book is invaluable for all in society, but especially those making decisions for today and tomorrow. It is, as the name indicates, a toolbox containing the tools needed for those decisions. You can fix things without tools, but it takes a long time and does a crude job. You can have tools, but without guidance the job is only moderately easier and better. However, if you receive instructions from experts the tools can make the job much easier and almost guarantee successful results.
    The tools offered in this book are especially valuable now as American society transitions in three major ways. These transitions are as critical and parallel those faced by the original Patriots. They needed information to coordinate proper actions and reaction for successful prosecution of the War of Independence. A critical vehicle for dissemination of this information was the pamphlet. Robert Parkinson wrote, “The pamphlets channeled and focused colonial resistance by framing dissent via appeals to history and political experience.” This book provides the same service as the pamphlets and will help in the context of the challenges. People are challenged with them like the Patriots were when the nation was new.
    There are three major issues and challenges for decision making in all segments of today’s society. The first is that the election of Donald Trump occurred as the third and final phase of the American Revolution. So far, America has free speech and its protection through the Second Amendment; private ownership of land; and a republican system that gives power to the people through the vote. The only thing they did not control until recently was access to information. Francis Bacon’s comment “Knowledge is power “is as true today as it was when he made it 400 years ago. The American Revolution coincided with emergence of the mainstream media. Contrary to media hype it has always been the message carrier for the power elite as the people sought to control their lives. In 1782, poet William Cowper wrote, “Progress of Error” with observations as relevant today as they were then.

    Trump bypassed the media and spoke directly to the people who now, through the internet had direct access to information. The final phase is in progress.
    The second issue is the switch from generalized knowledge to specialized knowledge. Francis Bacon was a major part of the transition to a science dominated society. By the time of the Revolution, the sheer volume of knowledge was more than one person could accommodate. The problem is management requires wide general knowledge and understanding. It puts them at the mercy of the specialists. The Toolbox provides the map and guideposts a person needs, the wider context of philosophy and history just like the Pamphlets,
    The final issue is the shift from a rural to an urban-based society. In 1786, just four years after Cowper, Thomas Jefferson identified the issue that Trump’s election also incorporated.
    “An industrious farmer occupies a more dignified place in the scale of beings, whether moral or political, than a lazy lounger, valuing himself or his family, too proud to work, and drawing out a miserable existence by eating on that surplus of other men’s labor which is the sacred fund of the helpless poor.”
    That comment almost completely explains why the Founding Fathers created the Electoral College. They understood as I said years ago, that there are no farms in the city, but no cities without farms.
    The Patriot’s Toolbox takes all these issues into consideration and just like the Pamphlets of the original Patriots provide decision makers with what Americans need for the next 300 years.

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