I suspect that to many Americans the above are one and the same. In fact, many Americans believe our government will be run by “far right extremists, in some quarters defined as anyone who disagrees with the left.
I see myself as a conservative person, I do not fit a label of A Conservstive and I sure don’t fall over the far right cliff.
So what is a conservative person… at least in my estimation? Here are some of my views so you can see where you would be relative to one conservative person.
🔹I believe that individuals who need a helping hand must receive it, but that help must be aimed at correcting a situation, not perpetuating it. I believe there should be an escape so that individuals who are able to better themselves can do so.
🔹I believe that the vast majority of people (not all) finding themselves in economic and sometimes health trouble can attribute their condition to their own actions, inaction and life choices and that any assistance should consider that.
🔹I believe that there is danger in government being too involved and controlling too much of our daily lives. The more government is involved in health care, education, housing, etc. the more the population becomes dependent and the more probable that government can impact our way of life.
🔹I believe in fiscal prudence, in minimum debt and taxpayers paying for the programs and services they want. I believe each generation should take responsibility for the liabilities it creates.
🔹I believe all taxes should be at the lowest rate possible consistent with the essential functions of government.
🔹I believe problems should be solved by focusing on the root cause, not the symptoms. That is, student loans are not the problem, they are a symptom of a dysfunctional education system. High health insurance premiums are not the problem, but a reflection of a uncoordinated system and unreasonable expectations of consumers. Increasing home ownership is not solved by pushing subprime lending or near zero down payments, but by increasing the ability of individuals to afford a home on their own. Increasing the minimum wage should not be the goal, but getting more people out of minimum skill jobs quicker should be. All government assistance programs should have a goal of lowering participation based on lack of need, rather than celebrating expansion.
🔹I believe that more people need to understand nothing is free, that there are consequences for each action and that many things we attempt to deal with independently are interconnected.
🔹I believe the fairest way to benefit all Americans is through strong economic growth and opportunity, not more assistance.
🔹Finally, I believe we have lost a great deal of any sense of individual responsibility and accountability instead seeking others to blame and others to pay.