Neither the government, nor any politician, should be viewed as all things to all people. Millions of businesses and over a million non-profit organizations exist in the United States to address the vast majority of wants, desires and generous impulses. The more humble and modest the ambitions of those entrusted with the power of taxation and state-sanctioned violence, the better for all of us.
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A government’s desire to extend and aggrandize its role is inevitable and unquenchable, and citizens must constantly struggle through their elected officials to curb that tendency.
Individuals make better decisions about their own welfare than governments do and government should serve to empower individuals, not itself.
Government budgets and processes should be fully transparent and readily accessible through the internet.
All government programs and expenditures should offer a return on investment, be subject to open bid, and seek measurable results, all of which should be disclosed and identified on the internet.
Tax policy should be as simple, efficient and as market neutral as possible and not discourage productive activity.
The role of the government is to provide worthwhile, essential services in an efficient and accountable manner and enact laws and regulations that address tangible risks.
If you cannot vote, you should not be able to fund the political process -- be it candidates, parties or propositions.
Corporations, unions, lobbyists and other special interests should focus efforts and resources on think tanks, policy matters and other tools, but they have no business writing checks to enrich the political class and promote their narrow interests. Cronyism is not capitalism.
Redistribution as a political philosophy. Taking from the "rich" rarely results in relief to the poor. Robin Hood is a myth used to enhance government power, weaken civil society, and fund patronage and vote graft schemes, while reducing growth and societal wealth.
The fiction that government can micro-manage business, capital and innovation cycles. At best, government can fund basic science and exploration that might prove serendipitous, ensure the good functioning of honest, transparent markets, and enlist central banking to maintain the integrity of the national currency.
Opaque concessions and favoritism invariably skew markets and generate hidden costs and unsustainable risks that damage confidence.