Brummett:Republicans hypocrites if they adapt to federal programs?

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Milton Friedman – Illegal Immigration – PT 1

(1 of 2) Professor Friedman looks at the dynamics of illegal immigration. See part two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfU9Fqah-f4 http://Libertypen.com

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John Brummett in his latest article (Arkansas News Bureau, June 11, 2011) attacks a Republican lawmaker for running a day care that accepts government money and a Republican activist whose husband won a construction project that originated because of President Obama’s stimulus program.  

John Brummett observed:

She said a person can’t simply decline to participate in the economy because he disagrees with some of the government policies affecting that economy. But I wasn’t asking her or her husband to do that. I only wanted her to think about moderating her rhetoric and her thinking in light of her experience.

Max Brantley, Arkansas Times Blog, June 11, 2011 went on to call both of these individuals Republican hypocrites.

This argument is easily destroyed. Back in 1980 I read the book “Free to Choose” by Milton and Rose Friedman. I noticed that Milton made it clear both in the book and in the film series of the same name that immigration was good for America in the past. However, since the USA changed to a welfare state, we could no longer have a tremendous amount of legal immigration because it was overload the welfare state!!!!

Milton Friedman in a lecture at Stanford asserted:

 “I’ve always been amused by a kind of a paradox. Suppose you go around and ask people: ‘The United States before 1914, as you know, had completely free immigration. Anybody could get in a boat and come to these shores and if landed at Ellis Island he was an immigrant. Was that a good thing or a bad thing?”

You will find that hardly a soul who will say that it was a bad thing. Almost everybody will say it was a good thing. ‘But what about today? Do you think we should have free immigration?’ ‘Oh, no,’ they’ll say, ‘We couldn’t possibly have free immigration today. Why, that would flood us with immigrants from India, and God knows where. We’d be driven down to a bare subsistence level.’

What’s the difference? How can people be so inconsistent? Why is it that free immigration was a good thing before 1914 and free immigration is a bad thing today? Well, there is a sense in which that answer is right. There’s a sense in which free immigration, in the same sense as we had it before 1914 is not possible today. Why not?

Because it is one thing to have free immigration to jobs. It is another thing to have free immigration to welfare. And you cannot have both. If you have a welfare state, if you have a state in which every resident is promises a certain minimal level of income, or a minimum level of subsistence, regardless of whether he works or not, produces it or not. Then it really is an impossible thing.

(For a more full discussion check this out)

I was perplexed at the time that Friedman’s ideology had to take a backseat to the real world that liberals had taken over!!! That is exactly the case here. I do not favor all the liberal federal spending programs that accounted for 24.7 percentage of GDP while only taking in 14.8% of GDP in taxes.

I have been on record against the stimulus  (I have listed the posts below where I have discussed it), but I would gladly bid on any business that I can get. We have to live in the real world that many times the liberal policies have almost destroyed. Unfortunately the liberals have done a great job of running the national deficit up to 1.6 trillion a year because they really believe that stupid ideas like the federal stimulus would work. Actually Brantley loves to mention that the stimulus may not have been enough. Can you believe that? He failed royally the first time and he wants to do it again!!!

Milton Friedman – Illegal Immigration – PT 2

(2 of 2) Professor Friedman fields a question on the dynamics of illegal immigration. http://LibertyPen.com

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