John Stossel: The libertarian era?
I had no idea there was an actual movement of thinking people who want to honor the principles of the Founders — liberty and limited government. It took me a long time to wake up.
"Poll after poll show you that Americans are much more fiscally conservative than their elected representatives," says Welch. "A majority of Americans think that we should balance the budget. Seventy-five percent think that we should not raise the debt ceiling ... Growing majorities -- especially young people — are more socially tolerant. They think that we should legalize marijuana ... they're in favor of gay marriage."
"The 21st century has been a demonstration project of how Republicans and conservatives screw things up, under the Bush years, and now we have the Obama version — the liberal Democrat version of screwing everything up ... you go to Amazon.com, you have a good experience and you get all sorts of interesting stuff. When you go to a government website, not so much."
But do people realize that it's a strong pattern? I don't think so. I wrote "No, They Can't: Why Government Fails — But Individuals Succeed" because I worry most Americans instinctively trust central planning. The spontaneous order of the invisible hand is harder to grasp. The invisible hand is ... invisible.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., filibustered until President Obama responded to their questions about drone strikes. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called them "wacko birds."After some politicians criticized NSA spying, Gov. Chris Christie said, "This strain of libertarianism is a very dangerous thought."
John Stossel is host of "Stossel" on the Fox Business Network, and the author of "No They Can't! Why Government Fails, but Individuals Succeed."
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