- The Washington Times - Friday, January 23, 2009


Excellent column by Richard Rahn (“Feel like a chump?” Commentary, Thursday). Questions arise as the federal government increases its economic meddling. I’ve yet to hear a big-government “economic expert” explain the precise mechanism whereby government spending creates jobs and stimulates the economy more efficiently than taxpayers spending and investing their own earnings. Why doesn’t spending my own money “create jobs”?

Countries consistently scoring near the top of economic-freedom surveys include the United States (though its ranking is slipping), Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Japan, the Netherlands and Germany.

Countries consistently scoring near the bottom of economic-freedom surveys include Sudan, Haiti, Myanmar, Angola, Somalia, North Korea, Cuba and Laos.

Which of these countries would you choose for your family to live in? Emulating the polices of the bottom-dwellers is desirable only to power-hungry politicians, their parasitical toadies and the misguided. We are being led down Friedrich Hayek’s “road to serfdom” by the current political class and their media cheerleaders.


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