Key Principles

Constitutionally limited government

  • Role – The proper role of government is to protect equal rights, not to provide equal things through the redistribution of wealth. Personal responsibility is an important part of citizenship.
  • Powers – The federal government has only the limited powers enumerated in the Constitution, and the checks and balances in the Constitution (such as separation of powers and federalism) are essential for limiting governmental power and preserving liberty.
  • Size – A large and intrusive government is a threat to our liberty and prosperity.
  • Constitutional government – Our elected representatives must uphold the federal Constitution and Bill of Rights and the individual State constitutions. The Tenth Amendment, which reserves powers to the States and people, must be honored.
  • Law-making – Judges are not entitled to invent laws or dictate social policy. Congress has delegated too many of its powers to unelected bureaucrats.
  •  Rule of law – The law must apply equally to all (including our elected representatives), and judges are not entitled to favor certain people or groups over others based on compassion. The law must not burden us with complex, unclear or arbitrary rules that bear little or no relation to right and wrong and are a trap for the unwary, such as complex and unintelligible tax laws.

Free enterprise

  • Property rights – The right to private property is a fundamental right, and Supreme Court decisions eroding that right threaten our liberty.
  • Economic freedom – People and businesses should have the right to buy and sell goods and services on the terms they see fit, subject to traditional exceptions, such as laws against fraud, coercion and price fixing.
  • Regulatory burden – The regulatory burden on businesses and individuals is too high.
  • Competition – It is wrong and counterproductive for the government to favor or punish certain companies or industries.

Fiscal responsibility

  • Spending – The federal government must reduce spending commitments (particularly on entitlement programs) and must stop mandating spending by the States.
  • Debt – Current and projected federal and State government debt is a threat to our financial stability and an undue burden on future generations and must be reduced.
  • Taxes – Tax rate increases will slow economic growth and exacerbate our fiscal problems. Federal income tax rates should not be so progressive that almost 50% of the population pays no income tax.

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