Capitalism and Freedom, Conservative, Free Markets, Milton Friedman, Uncategorized

Ask what you can do for your family

We all know what Kennedy said and he had it wrong. We are not slaves to our country. I say don’t ask what you can do for your country, ask what you can do for your family.

In his book, Capitalism and Freedom, Friedman makes his central argument by disagreeing with the Presidential Inaugural speech of John F. Kennedy where he said, “Ask not, what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” 

Milton argues that the country should be neither a  patron of our services nor should the country be the master of our being.

Milton states, “To the free man, the country is the collection of individuals who compose it, not something over and above them. He is proud of a common heritage and loyal to the common traditions. But he regards government as a means, an instrumentality, neither a granter of favors and gifts, nor a master or god to be blindly worshiped and served. “

Economic freedom frees the individual to pursue any means of economic prosperity. Every tax is a repression of that freedom. Every regulation and every permit required to work is a cost that has to be burdened by the most important economic unit, the family. 

Nearly everything the government does outside its constitutional responsibility, hurts the standard of living for families.  Let’s reduce government pain to stop hurting and start helping  our families.

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