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May 22, 2013
We believe people make better decisions than government. Free enterprise should be the guiding force, not government regulation.
Freedom and free enterprise are fundamental to the American way of life; indeed, they are the backbone of our nation. Economic freedom leads to opportunity; opportunity leads to growth; growth leads to progress. This is the story of America.
Economic growth depends on individual liberty and enables all citizens to maximize the opportunity to retain the rewards of their labor. Californians are among the hardest working and most industrious people in the world. Unfortunately, Californians also face a daunting burden of government over-regulation and micro-management.
We believe people make better decisions than government. We believe the embodiment of people making decisions is the operation of the free market. The government should work to ensure that markets are free and that there is genuine competition. Government should protect our citizens from international cartels and piracy of their intellectual property. In all of these, free enterprise, not government regulation, should be the guiding force.
We support the elimination of regulatory barriers and subsidies, where possible, on the businesses and workers of California. We support right-to-work laws and reject mandatory closed union shops where workers are coerced to join unions against their will. We also reject union workers being forced to make political contributions to candidates or causes they oppose.
For California's businesses to grow, thrive, and create wealth, a first-class physical infrastructure is necessary. California's politicians have, instead, elected to spend California's income on unnecessary social programs and have given little money for critical infrastructure. These same politicians then insist that the only way to fund infrastructure is bonded indebtedness. We reject that and call for reductions in unnecessary government spending so more money is available for the infrastructure our economy needs. Infrastructure should be "pay-as-you-go" as soon as possible.