Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Seven Principles of Sound Public Policy

Found the following seven principles from a February 11th meeting recap of the Bastiat Society where Larry Reed addressed the group in Charleston, SC.

These are great guiding words with which to measure the actions our government is falling over itself to put in motion.

1. Free people are not equal, and equal people are not free.  Think about this for a minute or two.

2. What is yours, you tend to take care of; what everyone owns, everyone tends to ignore.  My Mom used to tell me this all the time and I thought it was just here way of getting me to pay for my own wishes!

3. Sound economics requires looking at the long run, and considering the effects on more than just a few.  Instant gratification is so non existent in the long run!

4. If you encourage something you get more of it; if you discourage something, you get less of it.  My dog taught me this lesson.

5. Nobody spends somebody else's money as carefully as he spends his own.  My teenage sons confirmed this principle.

6. A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have.  A quote from Thomas Jefferson

7. Liberty makes all the difference in the world.  Patrick Henry preferred death if liberty were to be withheld.

It’s hard to step back from the swirl the media creates and to which we’re drawn as if moths to a flame. But step back we must in order to find the wherewithal to ask questions of our government’s current actions and to measure those actions against principles such as these seven.

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