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Governing by Principle:
A Framework for Governing


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Introduction:
Stewards of the Foundation

Principle #1:
"Government exists to protect rights, not to create them."

Principle #2:
"The legitimate power of government begins and ends with the people,
while its authority comes from the Creator. "

Principle #3:
"Just because a problem exists doesn’t mean government should try to solve it."

Principle #4:
"Long-term and cumulative consequences should be considered
more carefully than short-term benefits."

Principle #5:
"Government has nothing to give anyone
except what it first takes from someone else."

Principle #6:
"Individuals are ultimately responsible
for governing themselves and for the consequences of their decisions."

Principle #7:
"Free enterprise, not government,
is the engine of personal economic prosperity."

Principle #8:
"The free market should not be distorted by
government-designed dictates or advantages."

Principle #9:
"Government has a responsibility to protect the foundational institution of society:
the marriage-based, two-parent family."

Principle #10:
"Parents, not government, are responsible
for the education and upbringing of their children."

Implementing the Principles:
Questions to Evaluate Public Policy Ideas