Patterico's Pontifications

7/31/2012

Happy Birthday to Milton Friedman

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:56 pm

My friend Lou called today to remind me that it was Milton Friedman’s birthday today. This one’s for Lou:

What a guy. How I’d love to see him debate Mr. “You Didn’t Build That.”

2 Responses to “Happy Birthday to Milton Friedman”

  1. One can only fantasize about how Obama might have evolved ideologically, had he been exposed in his youth to Friedman’s teachings, instead of the black victimization/nationalist, Marxist garbage that he eagerly scarfed down, and to which he still clings to, in defiance of reason, historical example and common sense.

    What is amazing about Obama’s supporters is that they ascribe such wisdom to Obama on racial and economic matters. And yet, despite his vaunted education and allegedly wordly upbringing, he remains a total ideological adolescent, unable to evolve intellectually from the leftist tropes that he absorbed as a youth, and which have been utterly discredited by historical example. His lack of significant real-world, private sector experience — either as an owner, manager or employee — has completely shaped his infantile and imbalanced worldview of “government is great and benevolent, and capitalism is evil and the source of societal misfortune.”

    Guy Jones (851e14)

  2. Rush Limbaugh July 31, 2012, on Milton Freidman’s 100th birthday:

    http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2012/07/31/milton_friedman_schools_phil_donahue_and_barack_obama_on_capitalism_and_greed

    He played part of a 1979 interview of Milton friedman by Phil Donohue:

    Do you think, excuse me, if you will pardon me, do you think American presidents reward virtue? Do they choose their appointees on the basis of the virtue of the people appointed or on the basis of their political clout? Is it really true that political self-interest is nobler somehow than economic self-interest? You know, I think you’re taking a lot of things for granted. Just tell me where in the world you find these angels who are going to organize society for us.

    I corrected this part of the transcript on Rush Limnbaugh from the You Tube video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=RWsx1X8PV_A

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)


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