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Happy 100th Birthday to Milton Friedman

Milton Friedman would have turned 100 today. Friedman – a giant of the 20th century who revitalized conservative economic thought – was an avid proponent of reducing government spending to spur economic growth and job creation. Milton Friedman -- unlike President Obama – knew that “the government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem and very often makes the problem worse.”

 

As the Wall Street Journal notes in today’s paper: 
 
It's a tragedy that Milton Friedman—born 100 years ago on July 31—did not live long enough to combat the big-government ideas that have formed the core of Obamanomics. It's perhaps more tragic that our current president, who attended the University of Chicago where Friedman taught for decades, never fell under the influence of the world's greatest champion of the free market. Imagine how much better things would have turned out, for Mr. Obama and the country.....
 
“In the 1960s, Friedman famously explained that ‘there's no such thing as a free lunch.’ If the government spends a dollar, that dollar has to come from producers and workers in the private economy. There is no magical ‘multiplier effect’ by taking from productive Peter and giving to unproductive Paul. As obvious as that insight seems, it keeps being put to the test. Obamanomics may be the most expensive failed experiment in free-lunch economics in American history.”