work. Even though he lived almost three centuries ago, Swift's vision of liberty and free enterprise are the keys to renewing this party and this country today. How?
First, Swift believed in market-based solutions. During his time, horrible economic conditions were all around him. And what he realized was that heavy regulation was holding back the poor of Ireland. The government had laws in place - some of them quite ancient - that prevented ordinary entrepreneurs from reaching a practical and obvious solution to their crisis. People know how to solve their own problems if you let them. The government just gets in the way.
Second, Swift believed in not ducking the tough calls. He anticipated that people might criticize his proposals. He knew some would see them as harsh, maybe even radical. But leaders have to lead. Our party must continue to have the courage to implement solid pro-growth policies. Swift wasn't trying to make friends. He was trying to find answers.
Third, Swift believed in families. Today people are criticizing Republicans for their social conservatism. But we know that traditional families are the building blocks of our civilization. It takes a man and a woman to make a marriage, because it takes a man and a woman to make a baby. And babies are the key to a vibrant economy. Jonathan Swift knew that, and he wasn't afraid to say so.
"Men would become as fond of their wives during the time of their pregnancy," he wrote, "as they are now of their mares in foal, their cows in calf, their sows when they are ready to farrow..."
It's about a thing called values, okay?
Finally, and most importantly, Jonathan Swift believed in people. He knew that when you trusted people to act in their own rational interests, they would find a way to thrive. When you take the restraints off capitalism, you free up the spirit and creativity of these folks. Everyone can find their own way to buy into the market and build capital. Because everyone has something of value to contribute. We here in Washington forget that. We're constantly picking winners and losers. Ordinary families... they should be doing that. It's the only way.
In the coming months I'm going to be refining my plan for recovery. And I'll tell you right now, it's inspired by Swift's writing. Especially about the power of trusting in the men and women and children of this country. Particularly the children.
I hope you'll see that. I want everyone - everyone - to say:
"Paul Ryan's plan is made of people."