The Republican Principles
GOP Principles for American Renewal
The Republican Party is fighting for a freer and stronger America where everyone has the opportunity to achieve the American Dream.
Our Constitution should be preserved, valued, and honored.
We need to start growing America’s free enterprise economy instead of Washington’s economy so that hard-working Americans see better wages and more opportunity.
We need to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, make government more efficient, and leave the next generation with opportunity, not debt.
We need to start over with real healthcare reform that puts patients and their doctors in charge, not unelected bureaucrats in Washington.
Our veterans have earned our respect and gratitude, and no veteran should have to wait in line for months or years just to see a doctor.
Keeping America safe and strong requires a strong military, growing the economy, energy independence, and secure borders.
Every child should have an equal opportunity to get a great education; no parent should be forced to send their child to a failing school.
The best anti-poverty program is a strong family and a good job, so our focus should be on getting people out of poverty by lifting up all people and helping them find work.
Our country should value the traditions of family, life, religious liberty, and hard work.
We should make America energy independent by encouraging investment in domestic energy, lowering prices, and creating jobs at home.
We need an immigration system that secures our borders, upholds the law, and boosts our economy.
Free Enterprise vs Socialism
Free Enterprise (sometimes called Capitalism) – The tools of production are owned and controlled by the people.
Socialism – The tools of production are owned or controlled by the government.
The Ten Pillars of Economic Wisdom
1. Nothing in our material world can come from nowhere, nor can it be free; everything in our economic life has a source, a destination, and a cost that must be paid – by someone.
2. Government is never a source of goods. Everything produced is produced by the people, and everything that the government gives to the people, it must first take from the people.
3. The only valuable money that government has to spend is that money taxed or borrowed from people’s earnings. When the government decides to spend more than it has thus received, that extra unearned money is created out of thin air, through the banks and/or the printing presses, and when spent, takes on value only by reducing the value of all other money, savings, and insurance.
4. In our modern exchange economy, all payroll and employment come from customers, and the only worthwhile job security is customer security. If there are no customers, there can be no payroll and no jobs.
5. Customer security can be achieved by the worker only when he/she cooperates with management in doing the things that win and hold customers. Job security, therefore, is a partnership problem that can only be solved in a spirit of understanding and cooperation.
6. Because wages are the principal cost of everything, widespread wage increases without corresponding increases in productivity, simply increase everyone’s cost of living.
7. The greatest good for the greatest number means, in its material sense, the most goods for the greatest number, which in turn means the greatest productivity per worker.
8. All productivity is based on three factors: (a) natural resources, whose form, place, and condition are changed by the expenditure of (b) human energy (both muscular and mental), with the aid of (c) tools.
9. Tools are the only one of these three factors that man can increase without limit, and tools come into being in a free society only when there is a reward for that portion of their earnings that people must temporarily channel into new tools of production as opposed to purchases that produce immediate comfort and pleasure. Proper payment for the use of tools is essential for their creation.
10. The productivity of the tools-that is, the efficiency of the human energy applied in connection with their use – has always been highest in a competitive society in which the economic decisions are freely made by millions of progressive-seeking individuals, rather than in a state-planned society in which those decisions are made by a handful of all-powerful people, regardless of how benevolent, sincere, and intelligent those people may be.
Hall of Free Enterprise
World’s Fair, New York City
American Economics Foundation
America’s Founding Documents
The Declaration of Independence states the principles on which our government, and our identity as Americans, are based. Unlike the other founding documents, the Declaration of Independence is not legally binding, but it is powerful. Abraham Lincoln called it “a rebuke and a stumbling-block to tyranny and oppression.” It continues to inspire people around the world to fight for freedom and equality.
The Constitution of the United States contains a preamble and seven articles that describe the way the government is structured and how it operates. The first three articles establish the three branches of government and their powers: Legislative (Congress), Executive (Office of the President,) and Judicial (Federal court system). A system of checks and balances prevents any one of these separate powers from becoming dominant. Articles four through seven describe the relationship of the states to the Federal Government, establish the Constitution as the supreme law of the land, and define the amendment and ratification processes.