Milton FriedmanMilton Friedman, (1912-2006) Nobel Prize-winning economist, economic advisor to President Ronald Reagan, "ultimate guru of the free-market system"

Milton Friedman Quote

“Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.”

Milton FriedmanMilton Friedman
~ Milton Friedman

Ratings and Comments

Joe, Rochester, MI

Government then improves the program, making it even worse, more costly, and less efficient.

Mike, Norwalk

lol and yes to both Friedman and Joe

helorat, Milton

Who could disagree with any of these three comments? Not an American, only a socialist or a communist!

Joe, Rochester, MI

... notice the lack of socialist comment?

E Archer, NYC

And that is the TRUE danger -- agencies like the CIA, FBI, FEMA, BATF, IRS, FDA, DEA, and on and on -- these organizations are untouched by elections and merely grow and grow without oversight until we live in a police state that has its boot on our face forever.

Ken, Allyn, WA

Governments do love to try to "program" us.

Anonymous, Reston, VA US

There the rodent goes again, claiming that all who disagree with it are not Americans... what a vile creature... I think it will never mature into a real human being.

Eric, Wichita, KS

ATF and DEA should both be disbanded immediately.

Sev, Princeton

Statism has, time and time again, proved to be inferior to a libertarian viewpoint. Libertarian milieus have created more and hurt fewer people than totalitarian, statist, Socialist or Communist regimes ... whether Left or Right.

Brian, Minneapolis

And here in lies the danger of lobbyists and pandering politicians. "Temporary" government programs are created, people get jobs in those temporary programs, and they usually serve to some special interests... interests. So, the beneficiaries of those programs lobby to not only keep it, but increase it, and the people working in the programs want to keep their jobs (and hopefully, in their eyes, an expanded role), and finally, the politicians are always on the lookout for more voters to pander to.

Ron w13, Or

This current gov is like a farmer trying to bar off corn with a horse. Foxes rather than guard dogs at the gates. Their minds are tainted wells. Mindful or not.

jim k, austin tx

Eric,Wichita is right. After the ATF and DEA about a dozen other bureaus should go including the DOE, HUD, OSHA, and the EPA.


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