"Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program."
Milton Friedman
(1912-2006) Nobel Prize-winning economist, economic advisor to President Ronald Reagan, "ultimate guru of the free-market system"
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Government then improves the program, making it even worse, more costly, and less efficient.
 -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
    lol and yes to both Friedman and Joe
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Who could disagree with any of these three comments? Not an American, only a socialist or a communist!
     -- helorat, Milton     
    ... notice the lack of socialist comment?
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
    And that is the TRUE danger -- agencies like the CIA, FBI, FEMA, BATF, IRS, FDA, DEA, and on and on -- these organizations are untouched by elections and merely grow and grow without oversight until we live in a police state that has its boot on our face forever.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Governments do love to try to "program" us.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    There the rodent goes again, claiming that all who disagree with it are not Americans... what a vile creature... I think it will never mature into a real human being.
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
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    ATF and DEA should both be disbanded immediately.
     -- Eric, Wichita, KS     
    Statism has, time and time again, proved to be inferior to a libertarian viewpoint. Libertarian milieus have created more and hurt fewer people than totalitarian, statist, Socialist or Communist regimes ... whether Left or Right.
     -- Sev, Princeton     
    And here in lies the danger of lobbyists and pandering politicians. "Temporary" government programs are created, people get jobs in those temporary programs, and they usually serve to some special interests... interests. So, the beneficiaries of those programs lobby to not only keep it, but increase it, and the people working in the programs want to keep their jobs (and hopefully, in their eyes, an expanded role), and finally, the politicians are always on the lookout for more voters to pander to.
     -- Brian, Minneapolis     
    This current gov is like a farmer trying to bar off corn with a horse. Foxes rather than guard dogs at the gates. Their minds are tainted wells. Mindful or not.
     -- Ron w13, Or     
    Eric,Wichita is right. After the ATF and DEA about a dozen other bureaus should go including the DOE, HUD, OSHA, and the EPA.
     -- jim k, austin tx     
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