Audit the Fed
Currently the GAO is prohibited by law from auditing four areas of the Federal Reserve:
Transactions for or with a foreign central bank, the government of a foreign country, and private international financing organizations;
Deliberations, decisions, or actions on monetary policy matters, including discount window operations, reserves of member banks, securities credit, interest on deposits, and open market operations;
Transactions made under the direction of the Federal Open Market Committee; or
Specific parts of a discussion or communication among or between members of the Board and officers and employees of the Federal Reserve System.
The Audit the Fed bill removes these four exemptions and is supported by nearly 75 percent of the American people.
Second Amendment Gun Rights
Our life, liberty and property are only as secure as our right to have and use arms. It is a natural human right to have and use arms for self-preservation and defense.
Any attempt to restrict that use by legislation only disarms law-abiding citizens and violates their right of protection as well as the opportunity to stop a criminal and save lives. Laws restricting gun ownership only make guns more expensive and give organized crime the opportunity to make a profit.
Due Process and Privacy Rights
Due Process Clause acts as a safeguard from arbitrary denial of life, liberty, or property by the government outside the sanction of law.
Article 1, Section 9 of the Florida Constitution embraces the 5th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution: No person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law, or be twice put in jeopardy for the same offense, or be compelled in any criminal matter to be a witness against oneself.
Article I, Section 12 of the Florida Constitution embraces the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that protects the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches & seizures.
Article Section 23 of the Florida Constitution guarantees every citizen’s right to privacy and to be free from unreasonable government intrusion into their persons, homes, businesses, and property.
Property Rights & Free Markets
The phrase “Life, Liberty and Property” is mentioned in the 5th and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. There is no doubt the founders believed private property rights were the foundation of individual liberty based on the natural right to own what our labor produces.
When government places restraints on property rights it takes away our freedom to prosper and moves more power to government. We need strong protections of property rights to restrain the growth of government. The Founders created a government to protect private property rights.
Taxes and Budgetary Issues
A government that can own property, take taxes out of our paychecks, regulate us, only increases the power of government.
"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government." Thomas Jefferson
Government spending displaces private-sector activity. Every dollar that government spends means one less dollar in the productive sector of the economy. High or increasing taxes retard new business formation and expansion, thereby slowing job creation and wage growth.
Regulations are supposed to protect consumers, but all too often, special interest and their lobbyist pressure legislators to pass regulations that are not for consumer protection, but rather to prevent competition from small businesses. These regulations reduce competition, suppress innovation and hurts consumers by paying higher prices due to the cost of compliance with the regulations.
Freedom of Choice in Education
Parents should have the ability to choose all available types of schooling, including public, private and home schools to ensure their children receive a quality education. School choice is the best way to hold schools accountable. Competition makes schools more responsive to parents and improves educational outcomes for students. School choice breaks up the current bureaucratic monopoly controlling our education system and places the power squarely into the hands of the people to whom it belongs: parents.