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It’s Economic Growth, Not Redistribution, that Lifts Everyone, Including the Poor

Donjindra Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 11:59 AM
Peter Ferrara list some good things that happened in the 20th century. He avoids linking them to the simultaneous growth of government and "redistribution" during that same period. What exactly caused what? I suggest it's not entirely wrong to suggest government was a vital factor in our rising living conditions. Historically, countries with weak governments (Haiti) don't do well. I'm not arguing for more government -- far from it. But some "conservatives" seem to have an irrational hatred for it. The key, imo, is to be reasonable rather than ideological.
John C6 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 5:29 PM
Dear Don,

Conservatives are Pragmatic- they simply seek the best solutions, which are
often private sector rather than government, or consider the prospect that
the ' solution ' is worse than the given problem.

Conservatives also propose that many social maladies are the result
of personal decisions, which, rightly or wrongly, should remain private.
Well intended people often fail to see that involving the government into
people private lives, even with good motives, brings government undesired
government control.

- John Lepant
jander Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 3:52 PM
Please read Free to Choose by Friedman to get a better understanding of how a free market improves our world and how the government almost always does the exact opposite. Friedman is exceptionally articulate and meticulous about his research.
jander Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 3:51 PM
Donjindra, the good things happened in spite of the growth of the federal government. In fact, our current problems are the effect of that government growth and the drag it has on private economic growth. It's not an issue about weak or strong government. Haiti's government is weak because it doesn't enforce rule of law or civil liberties. The strength of a government lies in it's ability to enforce the law equally and protect the Constitutional liberties of it's citizens. Our current government is infringing our liberties more and more each day.

If you believe government is such a large contributing factor to the greatness of our country, I contend that you are absolutely wrong.

Stephen Moore and Julian L. Simon note in their underappreciated work, It’s Getting Better All the Time: 100 Greatest Trends of the Last 100 Years, that in the last century,1900 to 2000, real per capita GDP in America grew by nearly 7 times, meaning the American standard of living grew by that much as well. The authors explain,

“It is hard for us to imagine, for example, that in 1900 less than one in five homes had running water, flush toilets, a vacuum cleaner, or gas or electric heat. As of 1950 fewer than 20 percent of homes had air conditioning,...