One thing that I think conservatives should do, if they really want to promote the notion of self sufficiency, is to create, implement, and promote policies that are designed to help Americans who are attempting to start small businesses. Part of the problem for small business owners, even those that are established, is that credit has become more difficult to obtain. This in turn has the effect of depressing demand because there are less people with money than there would be if credit was more generous. Here's an interesting article:
Why Small Business Lending Isn’t What It Used to Be
I think the party that championed policies that made it easier for people who are starting a business to obtain the financing they need, as well as other assistance such as giving advice about the best suppliers of various products, and demographic analysis, would be a very attractive position for people to buy into.
What do you think? Should the US government do more to help people become successful small business owners?