Wise Government 09

Dear Mr. Madison,
“In matters of Power, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” T. Jefferson


The United States was founded on the belief of life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness. The free market, merchants buying and selling and consumers choosing the best allocation of their resources, is the basis of wealth creation. A smaller, leaner federal government envisioned by the Founding Fathers promotes freedom by imposing minimally adequate regulations.

Constitution Party

America was founded on the economic principles of the “free enterprise” system. An individual was free to operate his business under the law without government intervention and regulation. This economic system is being replaced by public (government) – private partnerships. This system is called fascism. The Constitution Party is opposed to public-private partnerships and is for a return to the true “free enterprise” system that once made our nation great and economically prosperous.

Democratic Party

We will devote $50 billion to jumpstarting the economy. Taking these immediate measures will create up to five million jobs. Our agenda is ambitious. Throughout our history, Americans have pursued their dreams within a free market that has been the engine of America's progress. But the American experiment has worked in large part because we have guided the market’s invisible hand with a higher principle. Our free market was never meant to be a free license to take whatever you can get, however you can get it. That is why we have put in place rules of the road to make competition fair, open, and honest. We have done this not to stifle – but rather to advance – prosperity and liberty. In this time of economic transformation and crisis, we must be stewards of this economy more than ever before.

Libertarian Party

A free and competitive market allocates resources in the most efficient manner. Each person has the right to offer goods and services to others on the free market. The only proper role of government in the economic realm is to protect property rights, adjudicate disputes, and provide a legal framework in which voluntary trade is protected. All efforts by government to redistribute wealth, or to control or manage trade, are improper in a free society.

Republican Party

Economic freedom expands the prosperity pie; government can only divide it up. That is why Republicans advocate lower taxes, reasonable regulation, and smaller, smarter government. Increasing our production of American made energy and reducing our excessive reliance on foreign oil will bring down the high cost of gasoline and diesel fuel, create more jobs for American workers, enhance our national security. Republicans envision a western hemisphere of sovereign nations with secure borders, working together to advance liberty and mutually beneficial trade based on sound and proven free enterprise principles.

About Mel Valkner

Mel Valkner CongressMelvin Valkner, CPA is a life-long resident of the Kalamazoo, Michigan area. After serving in the U.S. Army with tours in Vietnam and Germany, he attended Western Michigan University (WMU) graduating with the double majors of political science and philosophy. Returning to WMU for two more years of business and accounting classes he eventually became a CPA and tax professional.

Leaving public accounting he became a healthcare administrator, financial executive in manufacturing, education and service industries, entrepreneur and author. He is a former First Vice-Chairman of the U.S. Taxpayers Party of Michigan (USTPM.org), Michigan's affiliate of the national Constitution Party. He remains Chairman of the Kalamazoo County affiliate.