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What is best for private enterprise?

Agriculture, manufactures, commerce & navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are then most thriving when left most free to individual enterprize. protection from casual embarrasments however may sometimes be seasonably interposed. if, in the course of your observations or enquiries, they should appear to need any aid, within the limits of our constitutional powers, your sense of their importance is a sufficient assurance they will occupy your attention.
First Annual (State of the Union) Address, November 27, 1801

Patrick Lee’s Explanation
Smart leaders know when hands-off is best!
Farming, making things, selling things and shipping comprised the foundation of America’s prosperity. Those businesses thrived at their very best when left to “individual enterprize,” in other words, free from government interference.

Still, there may be times when limited government aid was helpful. Since this address was to the Congress, he invited their aid from time to time, as they saw fit, provided it was “within the limits of our constitutional powers.” In this instance, those powers were limited to promoting commerce and mediating interstate disputes. Beyond that, businesspeople did not need or benefit from Congressional interference.

“After seeing you perform several years ago,
I did not expect you could improve much on your character.
However, I have to say your program has gotten even better with age!
Missouri Department of Conservation
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What would create “a paradise of the whole earth”?

I am glad you took the delightful tour which you describe in your letter. it is almost exactly that which mr Madison and myself pursued in May and June 1791 … but, from Saratoga till we got back to Northampton, was then mostly desert. now it is what 34. years of free and good government have made it. it shews how soon the labor of men would make a paradise of the whole earth, were it not for misgovernment, & a diversion of all his energies from their proper object, the happiness of man, to the selfish interests of kings, nobles and priests.
To Ellen Wayles Randolph Coolidge, August 27, 1825

Patrick Lee’s Explanation
Free enterprise leaders know government doesn’t know best.
In the last year of his life, now 82, Jefferson wrote to his granddaughter who had married three months before and moved to Boston. She had written him about a trip she took up the Hudson River in New York, which mirrored one he’d taken with James Madison long before. She must have described the great development and prosperity she saw in the region north of Albany.

Jefferson described it as “mostly desert” when he saw it. To what did he attribute the vast change in just 34 years? A “free and good government” devoted to its only “proper object, the happiness of man.” That would be the American government, leaving its people as free as possible to pursue their own interests.

A similar approach in other lands “would make a paradise of the whole earth” in similar short order, except for their “misgovernment.” It diverted men’s energies to serve “the selfish interests” of a privileged few … monarchies, hereditary societies and church-state alliances.

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