The Role of Government
I do not believe in government-sponsored economic
development. Individuals all over our nation have won
elected offices to take back our government and return to our Constitution.
I am a fiscal conservative. I believe in the free-market system, the way
Adam Smith and Milton Friedman have set it out. I have faith in our
citizens to make the right decisions for themselves and their families.
Government can help by keeping taxes as low as possible, sticking to their
delivery of critical services and getting out of private businesses.
When projects are low risk, people use their own
monies, but when risks are high, they seek public monies. Our government at
all levels is full of economic development committees and funding. But, the
success rate for these projects is dismal. Look at the many major league
facilities that have been built with public funds only to benefit the rich
sports owners. The promises for jobs and economic activity always fall
short. Many cities will be paying the debt for these facilities for decades
to come. Many of the earmarks at the federal level are government-sponsored
economic development. This is crony capitalism at its worst (or best)!
When elected officials have the power to hand out money to private
endeavors, they are subject to the influence of special interests. Why
should the taxes from successful individuals and businesses be used to
support the plans of other businesses or enterprises?
“To lay with one hand the power of the government on the property of the citizen, and with the other to
bestow it upon favored individuals to aid private enterprises and build up private fortunes, is none the
less a robbery because it is done under the forms of law and is called taxation.”
Supreme Court Justice Samuel F. Miller writing for the majority in Loan Association v Topeka, 1874
To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the
propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government
from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too
The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Free to Choose by Milton and Rose Friedman