Another View -- Rand Paul: It takes good policies, not good intentions, to revive the economy | New Hampshire OPINION02

October 25, 2012 1:44 PM ~  
Another View -- Rand Paul: It takes good policies, not good intentions, to revive the economy | New Hampshire OPINION02.
Fifty years ago, Milton Friedman published his landmark book, “Capitalism and Freedom,” in which he explained that “concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it.”

The crisis we see in Washington today proves precisely that point. Our $16 trillion in debt, our four consecutive trillion-dollar deficits, and the 23 million Americans struggling for work are not the result of bad intentions. Well-meaning people brought us to this destination. 

But there’s a common denominator in the most challenging problems that America faces: the overwhelming growth in the size of government.

Nearly every facet of the government, from food stamps to the TSA, has become larger and less palatable to the American people over the past four years. Politicians often think the answer to the problems that government has created is to create even more government. From the failed stimulus to the housing crisis, government reactions to government-made problems have only dug a deeper hole. 

Our politicians have lost sight of the principle of liberty, which goes hand in hand with the idea of economic freedom and prosperity.