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Tea Party Patriot Core Principles
- Constitutionally Limited Government or your personal freedom and your rights
- Free Market Economics or economic freedom to grow jobs and your opportunities
- Fiscal Responsibility or very simply, a debt free future for you and generations to come
Constitutionally Limited Government – Your Personal Freedom and Your Rights
When our leaders pick and choose which elements of the laws they choose to enact or grant waivers and exemptions to groups of their choice, they undercut the Constitution and demonstrate to us their belief that laws do not apply to them, and that they think they are different from the citizens who elect them. When government leaders lose the public’s trust, we will exercise or right to be outspoken, and to vote, and to say “No More.”
The government has become too big and too powerful and many of those in Washington have grown out of touch with the citizens they represent. We recognize the government is slowly taking away basic freedoms we each deserve. For instance, every American deserves the freedom to make a phone call and send an email without the government monitoring what we say and write. Every American should have the right to choose our own doctor and which insurance plan we want to purchase without the government penalizing us for not purchasing something we do not want or need. Washington continues to pass laws taking even more freedoms away. Americans sense a freedom gap, between how we value freedom and how free we actually feel today, with an elevated sense that the American Dream is becoming harder to reach, and the freedom to thrive that our parents and grandparents once felt has become elusive for our children.
We support policies that protect and defend personal freedom and individual rights, and the ability to pursue the American Dream without government intrusion. We also support policies that will reclaim those freedoms and rights that have been eroded through intrusive policies of unaccountable politicians and Washington bureaucrats, many of whom answer to special interests and lobbyists rather than their electorate.
We believe that our citizens are America’s greatest strength, and that any policy or action that restricts or erodes that strength is detrimental to the potential and growth of our country.
Free Market Economics or economic freedom to grow jobs and your opportunities
With lower taxes, individuals and families will have greater resources and opportunity. It is in keeping with the principles of the American Dream: Working hard and being rewarded; keeping more of what you earn, and using it as you believe is in your best interest without harming others.
The surest road to this economic growth and the freedom from our looming debt is through a tax policy that is fair, flat, and fixed. If it were, individual Americans would best determine the use of their money, and businesses would be afforded the predictability of tax rates, allowing them to grow and hire more employees.
While America’s founding principles began as a beacon to anyone running from tyranny, today’s permanent political class has become a significant roadblock to pursuing and achieving the American Dream. This has resulted in a lower standard of living for too many, and the general feeling of financial uncertainty and despair among those who used to believe in hope, sensing that their American Dream is far out of reach.
Tea Party Patriots supports policies that foster opportunity. These include greater competition among producers and providers which will compel competitive pricing for goods and services. We support policies that empower individual citizens, not Washington’s insiders, thus reducing what Washington spends so more can remains in your hands; empowering you to decide the best use of your money.
Fiscal Responsibility – A Debt Free Future
The solution is getting Washington’s spending under control. A simple solution to move toward a debt free future is the Penny Plan. Cutting federal spending by just 1 percent every year for the next ten years will cut more than $4.5 trillion from the debt.2 This means cutting just 1 penny out of every dollar the government spends each year. Requiring the government to spend one percent less next year than it does this year is a good way to get control of federal spending and finally begin reducing the debt. Ultimately, we need to make these changes permanent. To do that we must elect a super majority in Congress and in our states who will pass and ratify a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution which forces spending cuts if Congress fails to maintain a balanced budget once it is achieved.