CENTRAL PLANNING IS HARD TO ABANDON

Here is a letter I sent to the editors of the Wall Street Journal, which they printed (with only minor errors of re-punctuation) on September 17:

Nice to see William Galston (America’s Challenge:  Growth . . . 9/10/14) tapping his inner conservative by giving a nod to America’s polled preference for economic growth over economic “fairness” (i.e., re-distribution, equality, etc.).  Now, if only he could move his game up another notch by tapping his inner Friedman/Hayek and giving a nod to the possibility that growth is never going to be led by merely revising our central-planning priorities (subsidizing higher education, modernizing infrastructure, increasing job training, subsidizing research, reducing outsourcing by American companies).  That agenda,  which has been tested ad nauseam by our collectivist Presidents (FDR, Carter, and, especially, the incumbent), is not the only alternative to the re-distributionist format.  Mr. Galston, you might want to check out another option:  across-the-board tax cuts and tax reform, repeal of ObamaCare and implementation of true healthcare reform, and getting government off the backs of the private sector – e.g., OK’ing the XL Pipeline and stopping the foolish stunts like attacks on outsourcing, use of the IRS and the Justice Department against political enemies, and make-believe reforms of the financial industry.

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