As a Party we need to create new principles that will help govern our party and lead us to Transforming Iowa. These objectives are over arching principles in line with the 2008 Iowa Republican Party platform.
  1. Empower Citizens to get involved
    1. The most effective form of government is a government closest to the people.
    2. Transparency in government is required for accountability and citizen trust. The legislature should lay out the policies it will discuss after the funnel and these policies should have time and dates on when they will be brought to the floor.
    3. Agencies need to work collaboratively with community groups on how regulations might be drafted. Citizens need the ability to voice their thoughts and ideas about policy, rather than doing it under a cloak of secrecy.

  2. Measure government by results rather than costs
    1. The success of Iowa government should be measured by the results achieved. This means budgeting for results and time-specific measurable goals that monitor all government agencies in performance and continual progress toward goal achievement.

  3. Government must be limited to collecting taxes for infrastructure, education, security, and to help those that cannot help themselves.
    1. Cutting current programs and taxes must be completed in a systematic way. Results Based Government achieves these principals. Implementation of RBG offers a systematic way of cutting programs that are not producing results.  (Simply put, this is private sector management modified for government management.) Note; The Reinventers Field Book; Tools for Transforming your Government, by David Osborne and Peter Plastrik, should be the States handbook.  Several states are currently using this form of management and having great results.

  4. Purchasing for Results
    1. Allow private sector business to bid on government projects.

  5. Republican policy makers must create sound legislation that can be explained to citizens and promoted by its citizenry.
    1. This isn’t lazy politics that constitutes rhetoric that lands on deaf ears.  (Lower taxes, better schools, etc.) It’s sound policy that we can take to the floor and run through the media.  We need policy, which most Iowan’s would agree to support.

  6. Stand without waiver on key social issues that have been the foundation of the past.
    1. The right to life is an essential right of any respectable society and we must protect the unborn and those not able to defend themselves.
    2. Continue the right to have marriage classified as a union between one man and one woman.
    3. Right to work means we have the freedom to work without a governing organization making decisions on our behalf.

  7. That government exists to protect the freedom of opportunity in which each individual's creative ability can flourish.
    1. Democracy offers capitalism, which provides each person the ability to achieve and create an opportunity where they can succeed or fail in a fair market setting without monopolies.  This system restrains government regulation and allows the social contract to be achieved by the private sector.

  8. Government policy is bound by the Federal and State constitution. These documents may only be interpreted and not changed by our court system.
    1. State Judges are appointed to interpret the laws of the State.  Their opinions can only be based on what is interpreted within the constitution.

  9. Equal rights, equal justice, and equal opportunity belong to all, regardless of race, creed, age, sex, or national origin.
    1. All laws are created for all citizens of this State, special references to any specific race, creed, age, sex or national origin is not required.  All fall under the same umbrella.

  10. Economic Prosperity begins with limited taxes and fair standards for all sectors of business.
    1. All business should have a fair opportunity at growing within the State.  Picking specific winners in certain areas does not benefit the entire citizenship of this State.  Taxes must be fair across all sectors of government where each party is paying their fair amount of the budget.