Today marks the 101st birthday of Nobel Prize-winning conservative economist Milton Friedman. Remember him? He is the conservative economist that rescued the U.S. economy from President Carter’s stagflation [i.e. rising inflation and unemployment] and gave us Reagan’s recovery miracle. He led the to disassemble the central planning nightmare that progressives and bureaucrats had inflicted upon this nation. Many on Wall Street and in the business world believe he is the man who saved capitalism and therefore America.
Here are a few of his observations and ideas on government that should be dusted off and tossed at the left daily:
- “Governments never learn. Only people learn.”
- “If you put the Federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.”
- “Many people want the government to protect the consumer. A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government.”
- “I think the government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem and very often makes the problem worse.”
- “One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.”
- “I am in favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse, for any reason, whenever it’s possible.”
And then there are his ideas on freedom:
- “Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it.”
- “Every friend of freedom… must be as revolted as I am by the prospect of turning the United States into an armed camp, by the vision of jails filled with casual drug users and of an army of enforcers empowered to invade the liberty of citizens on slight evidence.”
- “A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.”
- “Because we live in a largely free society, we tend to forget how limited is the span of time and the part of the globe for which there has ever been anything like political freedom: the typical state of mankind is tyranny, servitude, and misery.”
- “Life is unfair.”
The progressive left has made an idol of big governance. They have infiltrated all levels of government and they control the indoctrination of our children. When they toss the ideas and ideals of great men like Friedman into the dustbin, they add more links to the chains that bind our once-great nation in poverty, stagnation, and ignorance.