Government cannot be reduced in size and influence without first building the capacity of family units.
- Senator Steven Thayn, Idaho State Senator
Proactive Conservatism is based upon many of the components of traditional conservatism such as: limited government, free market economics, personal responsibility, balanced budget, low taxation, focus on production, and a small regulatory state. However, proactive conservatism differs from traditional conservatism is two important ways.
First, we promote policies that build the economic capacity of individual family units before trying to reduce the size of government. As increase in family economic capacity is not achieved through redistribution of wealth (ROW). ROW creates dependency, grows government, and harms the long-term health of family units that grow dependent upon these programs.
Second, proactive conservatism believes that we can partner with government to increase the freedom of the people. An easy way to understand this paradigm shift is to consider the road system in America. America's road system adds greatly to the freedom and mobility of its citizens. Roads are government actions that promote freedom. However, it is what government does not do that is the key. It does not regulate how citizens use the roads, how long they are on the roads, or why they use the roads.
Government can create structures within which the freedom of the citizens is enhanced. Proactive conservative policies work to empower the family unit in the areas of health care, education, and anti-poverty programs. The result of these policies will be more prosperity, smaller government, and greater cultural stability.
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