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Seven Principles of Sound Public Policy by Lawrence Reed

Lawrence Reed

Last week the Ethan Allen Institute put on presentation at Sheraton featuring guest speaker Lawrence Reed.  He had some very good things to say about how to put Vermont (or any state or the federal government) back on the right track.  The main part of of speech was about seven principles that if followed by everyone involved in crafting policy in government would help improve our economy and way of life as we would be a much freer and more industrious people.  Here they are below…
Seven Principles of Sound Public Policy
PRINCIPLE #1: Free people are not equal, and equal people are not free.
PRINCIPLE #2: What belongs to you, you tend to take care of; what belongs to no one or everyone tends to fall into disrepair.
PRINCIPLE #3: Sound policy requires that we consider long-run effects and all people, not simply short-run effects and a few people.
PRINCIPLE #4: If you encourage something, you get more of it; if you discourage something, you get less of it.
PRINCIPLE #5: Nobody spends somebody else’s money as carefully as he spends his own.
PRINCIPLE #6: Government has nothing to give anybody except what it first takes from somebody, and a government that’s big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you’ve got.
PRINCIPLE #7: Liberty makes all the difference in the world.
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Ethan Allen Institute Meeting

The meeting was more of an informational meeting targeted towards candidates or potential candidates to help explain their views on current issues facing the state of Vermont.

First, resources for information were mentioned, including:

Then, specific issues were discussed. The major theme was the taxes are two high, government spending is out-of-control and unsustainable and that the proposed Catamount health care plan will not work for obvious reasons. Direct comparisons were made to New Hampshire and how they excel in almost any measure you can make such as poverty level, health, education quality, etc., yet their government runs on 50% less than the Vermont budget and they have more people than we do.

It was discussed how Vermont is showing more and more aggression towards people that produce and that more and more people that produce are moving away, going to places like New Hampshire where they are more appreciated. It was mentioned that Vermont is becoming a place for the poor or retired/ trust fund people as the working middle class continues to be punished.

Click here for more information about the Ethan Allen Institute.

Vermont Libertarian Party Convention 2006

Heavenly and I, and Glyn Wilkinson attended the Vermont Libertarian Party Convention. I feel it was a great gathering of liberty-minded people of Vermont.

In the morning session, Hardy Machia, the chair, announced that we have reached our goal of $10,000 fundraising to help support candidates for state representative races. Click here to read the press release on this. Congratuations to Hardy for his efforts on this and a big thanks to everyone who contributed and another big thanks and good luck to everyone who is considering running.

Then we revised our state party platform for reflect current issues going on in the state… I will post a copy of it once I get the final draft. I think it’s something we can all be very proud of.

We then had a very nice lunch and time for us to converse with each other on what’s happening in our towns and about further plans for the party. After lunch, we were treated to a speech and Q/A from Ethan Allen himself. 🙂

Then we heard from several great guest speakers on important issues related to Vermont, including:

We also had some excellent vendors distributing literature and discussing their issues including,

Then we ended the convention with time for socializing. This was my first VTLP conference and I think it was a great one… plan to attend the next one and would encourage anyone interested in liberty issues in Vermont to attend. The event helped give us all hope for the future of Vermont.

Also, Heavenly took some photos from the event which you can view by clicking here.

I will be following up with individual blog posts regarding each speaker as what they said and their ideas that I would like to cover is too much to include in a single post.

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