- The free market is the most effective way for people who are less fortunate to advance from poverty to prosperity. Economic empowerment focuses on wealth creation, not wealth redistribution; job creation, not job seeking; and investments in tomorrow, not mortgaging our future.
- Through free markets, individuals and groups form relationships and exercise self-government. The state should only intervene to establish minimum health and safety standards, and encourage competition. When the government does choose to use its power to regulate free people, it should be exceedingly cautious to use the least burdensome method possible.
- As individuals have the right to choose in free market systems, they are vested with the responsibility to make both informed decisions and choices, which best suit their needs. While Government should actively enforce fraud statutes, it should not attempt to protect the public from what it perceives as poor choices by eliminating those possibilities from the market.
- Private property is the cornerstone of a free nation. Therefore, public needs should override individual property rights only in the most convincing circumstances – not merely for the sake of convenience. In those instances when a compelling need does exist, property owners should be justly compensated for their whole loss.
- Health care is a commodity that is best procured through the free market system. Access to health care becomes more available and affordable when health professionals are allowed to compete in the free market system. Individual health savings accounts, health clinics in retail stores, concierge medicine, are all products of the free market in the healthcare industry because one size does not fit all.
- Government largess is counter-productive to economic empowerment. Government handouts encourage dependency. Assistance given to the marginalized and disenfranchised members of society should always support and move individuals toward self-sufficiency. The private sector, such as a faith-based organization, is better equipped to offer counseling, housing, clothing, food, and education to help people get back on their feet.
The preamble to R.I.S.E.