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Why Government Is the Problem (Essays in Public Policy) Paperback – February 1, 1993
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For a more thorough analysis of the same arguments presented in this short book, I would recommend either Capital and Freedom or Free to Choose by Friedman as well.
To the point.
A must read for anyone wanting to understand our country's current condition.
Why was it that my dad came to America in 1915, and because he worked two jobs, one as a bus-boy then waiter plus unloading ships in the port of Philadelphia, by late 1919-early 1920 he had slightly more than $6,000 saved up, with which he could buy a business with 8 employees?
A business that eventually supported those 8 employees with their families plus our family of six. And all six of us ended up going to well known universities and we have a collection of Masters and PhD's between us.
To put that in perspective $6,000 then has the purchasing power of roughly $125,000 today (2013)
The difference was that for all intents and purposes in 1919, there was no government, as progressives today want it.
No "safety net" no welfare, no "Affordable Care Act: no nothing other than the government running a Post Office, the Armed Services and US Customs.
And you got to keep you money that you made, yourself, because taxes were non existent.
You had equality of access, not attempts via an intrusive government to try to create equality of outcome.
I have to agree with a line attributed to Margret Thatcher..."Government Drives Out Good" because with the extreme intervention of government into our lives today, which makes for equality of outcome, I don't think that any of us, are able to save up $125,000 in today's dollars to use to go create a simple business.
And that is the point of this book.
Through simple, clear examples, Mr. Friedman shows us how the Government, wanting to "help us," ends up negatively helping us in some unexpected way.Read more ›
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While these essays were informative, I wish they were longer and went into greater detail on why government is the problem on each issue discussed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
If the youth of America would read books like this one, they wouldn't be so gullible. Please teach your children the truth.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
Though I have heard of Mr. Friedman all my life, this is my first exposure to his works. His conservative no nonsense explanation of why our country is what it has become is as... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Star Dude