Free markets and the individual go hand in hand. Economic freedom and free markets cannot exist without political freedom. It is difficult to have the one without the other. The proof of this is current and is seen in the ever growing size and scope of government.

The individual is the smallest minority in our society. And sadly, as we see events going today, the minority status of the individual is being stifled and subsumed into larger collections of a collectivized society. Never in our life- time until now, have we seen Free Market economics so openly attacked by several top officials and candidates in our land. And when a society becomes collectivized, the free market economy is on death's door step. The current determination by some to fight free-market forces guarantees higher unemployment, more business failures and continued economic contraction. Look at those states... those with freer markets have greater prosperity.

Never before have we seen such a fast and reckless attack on the principles that made America the greatest economic powerhouse the world has EVER seen.

Remember that famous quote from A Tale of Two Cities? "It was the best of times; it was the worst of times." In our minds, this describes the times in which we live. There are those who advocate a socialist style state with more taxes and more government.and an exploding deficit. To be sure, the market turns around on its own momentum, but the budget deficits will not and cannot.

History has shown that the free market creates more wealth and opportunity for more people than any other economic model. It is the most transformative of economic systems devised by individuals. The free market fosters inventiveness and creativity and produces more opportunities, industries, products, services, and developments than any other system in the world.

Our country's economy was originally based upon a free market system, which prospered in direct proportion to the extent of adherence to the principles involved. From the beginning, there were those who realized the distinct advantages to the people. The principle of market exchange and pricing is that it tends to bring supply and demand toward a balance, and maximize total welfare. This is a powerful economic principle.

Perfect competition is the most equitable distributor of resources, not government . When there is unnecessary intervention of government into the process, the free market is deprived of the pricing mechanism indispensable to its success. It is the ultimate irony for those responsible for any dilemma... that they justify further intervention by claiming that the free market does not work, when in reality it is unnecessary government intervention which created and intensifies the problem. Inflation illustrates clearly how government creates problems. Inflation is purely the expansion of the money supply. By printing virtually valued-down paper dollars to pay for deficit spending, previously circulating money is diluted and devalued. Rising prices, rising wages, and the rising cost of living are NOT the cause of inflation; they are its results. And appeals to "fight inflation" by voluntary or even mandatory restraints constitute a camouflage of the primary cause.

Often we have seen, in order to obtain public favor during an election campaign, candidates for public office will advocate innumerable government paid programs , thus causing an involuntary transfer of capital, clearly impacting free markets. It is an effective political practice to appeal to the electorate with the message of "soak the rich" as an approach. Almost every additional government regulation created in the past years can be shown to offer an advantage to some individuals or group, at the expense of competitors and the public. Subsidies, bailouts, so called stimulus packages, wage and price controls, minimum wages, "free" services, and "out of control" entitlements further disrupt and even destroy what is left of our free markets. Precisely, that is what is being advocated by some of our our current candidates for public office.

As we see it, the free market promotes self-worth, self-sufficiency, shared values, and honest dealings, which enhance the individual, the family, and the community. It discriminates against no race, religion, or gender. The free market is an intricate system of voluntary economic, social, and cultural interactions that are motivated by the desires and needs of the individual and the community. There is symmetry between the free market and the well being of the society and one simply cannot exist without the other. And the key to a healthy free market system is private property. To be sure, private property is the material manifestation of the individual's labor and this private property may take the form of income, real property, or intellectual property. Just as life is finite, so, too, is the extent of one's labor. Therefore, unjustified taxation of private property, or the regulation of such property, so as to reduce its value, can become in effect a serious infraction of the principles of the free market and the unalienable rights of the individual guaranteed by the Constitution. And clearly, the federal government should raise revenue only to fund those activities that the Constitution authorized and no others.

We believe that the individual knows best how to make and spend that which one has earned from one's own labor and to provide for one's own family than do large bureaucracies populated by strangers who see classes of people rather than the individual. It was James Wilson, who observed, "By exclusive property, the productions of the earth and means of subsistence are secured and preserved, as well as multiplied. What belongs to NO one is wasted by EVERYONE but what belongs to one individual in particular is the object of his/her economy and care." But . to be sure, in our society, it is the individual who is the smallest of minority and the free market. Indeed, a society made up of individuals truly serves as the powerful backbone of our economy. And that is how I see it FROM MY PERSPECTIVE.