I believe in fiscal conservatism. "Why Patrick, what is fiscal conservatism?" you may be asking. I shall attempt to answer this question, by explaining the principles behind this idea in the next few paragraphs.
Fiscal conservatism is hemmed in by 2 main ideas, all to promote a single noble goal.
Idea #1: Fiscal Responsibility. This is the idea that the government should, simply put, be responsible with its money, to which it is lent by the taxpayer, and keep its checkbooks balanced and in order. It does this with three policies:
-Less taxation and fewer taxes.
The government does not have unlimited power to take the money of its people and should take away unnecessary taxes whenever they make it into the budget. The government should always be looking to take tax loads off the American people and find ways to lower tax rates and eliminate entire taxes on certain things. Why? Because of the underlying principle that we as conservatives believe that if we're smart enough and work hard enough to earn the money, then we are smart and hardworking enough to keep it, and that the US government has no "right" to our money. Our hard-earned money for Washington to spend is a privilege that they should never abuse. Cutting taxes for America is a high priority and a noble cause.
-Less government spending.
Government has never been effective at micromanaging peoples lives and should always seek to limit the amount of spending they commit on anything. The government should always seek to cut wasteful, unneeded, or wrongful spending from their budgets.
-Balancing the budget.
Those who balance the budget in Washington and in all government should remember that the state of the nation needs to set an example for all people. The amount of spending must be matched by the amount of taxation: A) too much taxation with little spending drains the public of their hard-earned taxes, and B) too much spending with no taxation to match will inevitably bankrupt the government with a terrible deficit. Either scenario results in a deficit of trust amongst the people of the country and must be avoided. Also, large foreign-held deficits are dangerous to our national and economic security, and as such must be avoided by keeping spending to a minimum.
Between less taxes, less government spending, and a commitment to balance the budget, true fiscal conservatism is the only way to go when it comes to responsibility in our government.
Idea #2: Economic freedom. This is the principle of limiting the extent and power of the government in peoples lives and anywhere. The government should never be allotted powers it doesn't have and should be at every point denied the role of busybody in private affairs. This is done by the following:
- Keep the government out of the private sector.
When the government gets involved in the areas of business and sticks its puppet hands into the economy, bad things happen. Nationalization is the first step towards anything socialist- or even, dare I say, Communist- as is the government subsidization of private entities. Freedom and prosperity are too often infringed when the government makes decisions about supply and demand in the name of "equality".
- Support of a free and laissez-faire market.
Regulation is not necessarily a bad thing; indeed, some companies and people will do bad things to make a buck. Still, the principles of a free and productive market dictate that regulation too often strangles business with ordinances, licenses, subsidies, and protectionism (oh my!). Free trade and a minimally regulated market are the only ways to truly insure prosperity for all and not step on anyone's civil liberties. On the other hand, protectionism only hurts the people it claims to "protect", engages people in a dangerous xenophobic mentality, and chokes true prosperity into the dust.
- The government cannot and should not protect people from themselves.
When push comes to shove, the worst part about a nosy government is a look into the personal life of a man or woman. The worst kind of government is one that claims the moral/ethical high ground in its efforts to take away the freedoms and rights of the people. To legislate the rules of fair play in business settings goes against the very principles of our country's leaders, founders, and framers. Power is the big prize in government, and it will do anything it can to get that power. Remember that a less intrusive government is always a better government, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
In summary, the ideals of a smaller government, laissez-faire economics, and free trade ensure the freedom of prosperity and the freedom to prosper for the people. That is good and wholesome for the nation and for the people of this nation.
In the end, fiscal freedom and responsibility are the best and only way to ensure the defense of freedom in our government, for they are the principles of a free and prosperous nation.