These are the issues on which the Ada County Tea Party is currently focusing. These issues are based on our unwavering support for individual freedom and free market economics and on our steadfast opposition to socialism, cronyism, and big government in any form.
Reduce Taxes and Regulations
The Ada County Tea Party supports free market economics which means that we want governments to significantly decrease spending and return the money to its legitimate owners. There are millions of dollars spent on socialist and redistributive programs within the State of Idaho, and those programs need to be eliminated. Taxes need to be lowered and regulations need to be reduced.
Fight Cronyism and Welfare at all Levels of Government
The Ada County Tea Party supports individual freedom and free market economics, not the confiscation and redistribution of property. It makes no difference if that redistribution is in the form of welfare for individuals or cronyism which gives money, bailouts, and other special treatment to big businesses. Only the individuals who earn or legally obtain money and property through voluntary transactions have the right to determine how that money is used. Government needs to stop stealing through taxation, fees, fines, and other measures and leave individuals free to use their money and property as they see fit.
Prevent Medicaid Expansion
The Ada County Tea Party supports individual freedom and free market economics, not the confiscation and redistribution of property through socialist schemes such as Medicaid. Rather than look at expanding the program, the State of Idaho should be seriously considering opting out of Medicaid entirely. Research has shown that Medicaid Expansion increases the cost of healthcare and does not improve health outcomes.
Get Idaho out of Common Core
The Ada County Tea Party supports individual freedom and free market economics, not top-down, centralized control of education. Parents and students—not government bureaucrats—should be the ones making the decisions about what constitutes a full and proper education. Increased school choice should be the goal of education policy in Idaho rather than giving control over curriculum to bureaucrats.
Stop the State Land Board from Acquiring and Maintaining Commercial Properties
The Ada County Tea Party supports free market economics which means that we cannot support government ownership of goods or property in competition with the free market. Buying and selling goods and property is never the proper role of government and the fact that this is occurring in the State of Idaho should be a major concern for every citizen of this state.
Restore our Natural Right to Keep and Bear Arms (Adopt Permitless Carry)
The Ada County Tea Party supports individual freedom which means that we vehemently oppose requiring individuals to obtain licenses to carry concealed weapons or preventing those individuals from carrying their weapons on the campuses of publicly-funded colleges and universities. In any place or under any circumstance in which an individual would have the right to defend himself if attacked, he must also have the right to possess the means to actually do so. To say that one may defend himself if attacked, but may not carry a weapon to make such defense effective is the height of government hypocrisy and an egregious violation of natural rights.