Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sanford: The role of government is to promote individual freedom

Religion & Liberty is previewing an exclusive interview with South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.

The line of business people asking for government bailout help seems to get longer by the day, how can you say no when jobs may be on the line?

The role of government is to promote, in my view, individual freedom. In other words, we have a governmental apparatus that is legitimate in nature in as much as it is to maximize one’s individual freedom.

There are other folks who believe in the idea of a nanny state, and believe government is there to take care of your different needs, cradle-to-grave, chief among them being employment. Rather, government is there to create a foundation by which private sector can grow and create employment opportunities.

Its job is not to create employment itself as I see it.

In the words of Cooper Harris, "there's your R rating, right there".