My Purpose as expressed by those with more eloquence than I

“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.”

- John Adams

"These are not the vapors of a melancholy mind, nor the effusions of envy, disappointed ambition, nor of a spirit of opposition to government, but the emanations of a hear that burns for its country's welfare. No one of any feeling, born and educated in this once happy country, can consider the numerous distresses, the gross indignities, the barbarous ignorance, the haughty usurpations, that we have reason to fear are meditating for ourselves, our children, our neighbors, in short, for all our countrymen and all their posterity, without the utmost agonies of hear and many tears."

-John Adams

"I do not stand here as advocate for any partisan cause, for the issues are fundamental and quite beyond the realm of partisan consideration. They must be resolved on the highest plane of national interest of our course is to prove sound and our future protected. I trust, therefore, that you will do me the justice of receiving that which I have to say as solely expressing the considered viewpoint of a fellow American. I address you with neither rancor nor bitterness...with but one purpose in mind - to serve my country."

-General Douglas MacArthur

Thursday, May 19, 2011

I am a fiscal conservative because I believe that economic freedom is the foundation of all freedom. The best way to ensure individual freedom and opportunity is through a very limited government that allows for free and competitive enterprise. Today, most of the things the government spends money on is interfering with free-markets and with peoples’ freedom to choose.

In addition, the government has gotten so involved with the economy to the point of redistributing the wealth that incentives to be successful and productive members of society have been weakened and private property rights have been violated. Equal outcome instead of equal opportunity rewards the lazy more than the industrious. I firmly believe that it is businessmen using their energy and ingenuity that create prosperity and efficiency, not government. The government always has a cash flow of taxpayer dollars, and, therefore, no profit incentive. No profit incentive means that there is no need for the government to run with efficiency and ingenuity. Government will always be wasteful and less efficient than private provision.

Essentially, government cannot create wealth. It is innovative and successful businessmen who create wealth. I believe that businessmen not only create a prosperous economy but are also the philanthropists of society, creating employment, paying wages, and endowing charities. When markets are allowed to work properly they benefit all classes, including the poor. I am a fiscal conservative because I believe in economic freedom, equal opportunity rather than equal outcome, and the right to private property. These are the time-tested principles that have made America the most successful and prosperous country in the world, and we should do whatever it takes to preserve them.


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