I have a very simple philosophy of government – I believe in less spending and less government intrusion. People all over the country are tightening their belts and government should do the same. Government doesn’t create wealth and income – government can only redirect and redistribute wealth and income. Economic recovery does not come by creating government programs and new bureaucracies. A lasting recovery comes by growing the economy from the ground up rather than pursuing bungling notions of growing the economy from the government down.
My biggest disagreement with this Administration has been its aggressive effort to expand the role of the federal government in so many different aspects of people’s lives – in health care, energy, student loans, the financial markets, and many other areas. I think we need to reward the entrepreneurial spirit, innovation and risk-taking that comes with starting small businesses, incentivize investment in existing businesses that will lead to job growth and reduce unnecessary and burdensome regulations which manifest themselves most prominently in the form of needless paperwork.
As a part of government reform, we must also address the ever-expanding debt and deficits crisis. Ultimately, the government has to live within its means, just like everybody else. An important part of government reform is reducing spending to levels that are less than what is taken in.