Abundant, affordable energy is a key driver of prosperity. We must unleash resources by removing regulatory barriers and eliminating corporate welfare that favors certain energy sources over others. When energy prices increase or government distorts the market, it disproportionately affects low and middle income families.
America provides some of the best healthcare in the world due to the innovation and entrepreneurship fostered by free enterprise. When the government gets involved, the ability for individuals to make their own healthcare decisions is eroded. Patients and doctors should control health care decisions, not politicians and bureaucrats.
Every worker deserves the freedom to choose for himself whether or not they wish to be represented by a labor union and financially support union causes. Freedom of choice regarding union membership and dues is central to keeping government and special interests in check, protecting Americans’ individual liberty, and empowering the private sector to flourish.
Prosperity and opportunity come from the ingenuity and hard work of individuals and entrepreneurs, not from government. As government grows, individual liberty and the opportunity for citizens to improve their own lives and seek well-being on their own terms is diminished. While there are important core functions that government should carry out, citizens must be vigilant in ensuring that government does not expand its reach into functions more appropriately left to the private sector.
Government at all levels is too expensive. Reckless government spending is problematic because every dollar government spends is removed from the productive private economy. Moreover, excessive debt and high taxes slow economic growth and put future generations at risk. A government of the people, by the people, and for the people owes it to her citizens to spend wisely, remembering that government dollars are actually citizen dollars. Controlling government spending is key to unleashing the private sector’s ability to lift people from poverty, strengthen the middle class, and create prosperity and well-being.
Our federal government is swimming in debt, and too many state capitals are facing growing fiscal liabilities. This is not because taxes are too low, it is because politicians spend too much. Too often, our tax code kills jobs, harms small businesses, and threatens the prosperity of current and future generations. We must reduce the tax burden on small businesses and working families, make the tax code flatter and fairer, and eliminate special carve-outs, loopholes and giveaways that funnel benefits to a handful of politically-connected industries and companies at the expense of hardworking taxpayers
Education is crucial to social mobility and the future well-being of our nation and its people. Every single child deserves the opportunity to receive a great education, regardless of where they live or how much money their parents earn. Choice, competition, and innovation in education that allow parents the freedom to decide what is best for their child create greater opportunity for every child, but especially for those most in need of a brighter future.