CORE PRINCIPLES OF THE CRYSTAL COAST TEA PARTY PATRIOTS
Fiscal Responsibility means adopting the balanced budget as our standard, limiting spending at all levels of government to that which is necessary to support their core responsibilities as defined in their constitutional charters, and minimizing the burden of taxation to the greatest possible degree.
Constitutionally Limited Government means a recognition that power resides with the people, and not with the government. The responsibilities permitted to governmental organizations should be maintained at the level closest to the ballot box as is feasible, in order that the government be most accountable to the citizenry. America’s Founders believed that government power should be limited, enumerated, and constrained by our Constitution. We agree with the vision of the Founders, and further, we believe that the vision is most authentically manifested in the Constitution as it was understood by the state legislatures that ratified it in 1789, as amended in the interim.
Free Markets made America an economic superpower for at least two centuries, thereby providing subsequent generations of Americans with more opportunities and higher standards of living. An erosion of our free markets through government intervention is at the heart of America’s current economic decline, job stagnation, and spiraling debt burden. Failures in government programs and government-controlled financial markets helped spark the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Further government interventions and takeovers have made this Great Recession longer and deeper. A renewed focus on free markets will lead to a more vibrant economy, creating jobs and higher standards of living for future generations.