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Milton Friedman on Abortion
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Milton Friedman on Budget & Economy
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  • Gov't inefficiency comes from spending other people's money. (Apr 2012)
  • Government spends somebody else's money on somebody else. (Jan 2012)
  • 1920s: Federal Reserve monetary expansion caused Depression. (Oct 2011)
  • 1965: we are all Keynesians now; and nobody is a Keynesian. (Apr 2011)
  • Every politically free society has a free market. (Nov 2010)
  • The Great Depression was the fault of the Federal Reserve. (Sep 2010)
  • Money supply needs to expand, to support economic growth. (Sep 2010)
  • Economic freedom is a component of political freedom. (May 2006)
  • Erratic monetary policy is greatest threat to economy. (May 1988)
  • Government's role is only to determine the rules. (Nov 1962)
  • Government caused Great Depression, and recessions since. (Nov 1962)
  • Fed should grow money supply by 3%-5% and nothing else. (Nov 1962)
  • Repeal recession spending once expansion begins. (Nov 1962)
Milton Friedman on Civil Rights
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  • Real freedom means freedom to promote Communism. (Nov 1962)
  • Persuade against racism, but don't use coercion. (Nov 1962)
Milton Friedman on Corporations
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  • Free markets are excellent at keeping businesses in line. (Feb 2013)
Milton Friedman on Crime
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Milton Friedman on Drugs
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  • Legalization resolves drug-related crimes. (Oct 1992)
Milton Friedman on Education
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  • 1969: Experiment with school vouchers. (Feb 2011)
  • First proposed school vouchers to denationalize education. (Nov 1962)
  • Subsidize parental choice of public or parochial school. (Nov 1962)
  • Vouchers give greater educational opportunity to the poor. (Nov 1962)
  • Merit pay for teachers. (Nov 1962)
  • Subsidize college by GI Bill method, not state institutions. (Nov 1962)
Milton Friedman on Energy & Oil
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Milton Friedman on Environment
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  • City parks justifiably public; national parks can be private. (Nov 1962)
Milton Friedman on Families & Children
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Milton Friedman on Foreign Policy
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  • 1975: Persuaded Pinochet's Chile to adopt market capitalism. (Sep 2008)
Milton Friedman on Free Trade
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  • Chain of producers making a pencil need not like each other. (Nov 2010)
  • Protectionist trade policies caused the Great Depression. (Jul 2009)
  • Floating foreign exchange rate is necessary for free trade. (Nov 1962)
  • Tariffs & trade restrictions impede economic growth. (Nov 1962)
  • Interfering with trade is the road to authoritarianism. (Nov 1962)
Milton Friedman on Government Reform
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  • Greatest threat to freedom is concentrated power. (Feb 2013)
  • The argument for collectivism is simple; free market is not. (Jan 2012)
  • Problem is concentrated benefits & dispersed costs. (Jul 2011)
  • Government power must be dispersed. (Mar 2010)
  • Collectivism argument is simple; free market's is subtle. (Jul 2009)
  • Free society requires putting up with temporary evils. (Jul 2009)
  • Economic power decentralizes; political power does not. (Nov 1962)
  • No need to maintain post offices as a public monopoly. (Nov 1962)
Milton Friedman on Gun Control
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Milton Friedman on Health Care
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Milton Friedman on Homeland Security
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  • 1972: Passionate proponent of all-volunteer military. (Feb 2011)
Milton Friedman on Immigration
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  • Immigration reserved for government, not free market. (Aug 2009)
Milton Friedman on Jobs
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  • Fair employment practices interfere with individual freedom. (Nov 1962)
  • Free choice in employment should be treated like free speech. (Nov 1962)
Milton Friedman on Principles & Values
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  • There is no such thing as a free lunch. (Sep 2010)
  • Individual choice is the essence of freedom. (Jul 2009)
  • Concentrated power threatens individual freedom. (Nov 1962)
  • Socialist economics are incompatible with democracy. (Nov 1962)
  • Free men use gov't to serve people; not to serve country. (Nov 1962)
Milton Friedman on Social Security
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  • Compulsory retirement programs infringe personal freedom. (Nov 1962)
Milton Friedman on Tax Reform
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  • 1995: 15% across-the-board tax cut to stimulate economy. (Feb 2011)
  • VAT is most efficient way to raise government revenue. (May 2006)
  • Lower taxes in recessions and raise taxes in booms. (Nov 1962)
  • Progressive taxation intended to insure against risk. (Nov 1962)
Milton Friedman on Technology
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  • Private monopoly easier to remove than regulation. (Nov 1962)
Milton Friedman on War & Peace
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Milton Friedman on Welfare & Poverty
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  • You can't have both free immigration and a welfare state. (Mar 2013)


VoteMatch Responses
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Based on these stances:
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No opinion on topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Persuade against racism, but don't use coercion: Opposes topic 2
Fair employment practices interfere with individual freedom: Opposes topic 2
Free choice in employment should be treated like free speech: Strongly Opposes topic 2
No opinion on topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
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No opinion on topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(0 points on Economic scale)
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Strongly Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Compulsory retirement programs infringe personal freedom: Strongly Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
1969: Experiment with school vouchers: Strongly Favors topic 7
First proposed school vouchers to denationalize education: Strongly Favors topic 7
Subsidize parental choice of public or parochial school: Strongly Favors topic 7
Vouchers give greater educational opportunity to the poor: Strongly Favors topic 7
No opinion on topic 8:
Clean air and water are property rights
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No opinion on topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
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No opinion on topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(0 points on Economic scale)
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No opinion on topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(0 points on Economic scale)
1995: 15% across-the-board tax cut to stimulate economy: Opposes topic 11
Progressive taxation intended to insure against risk: Favors topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Immigration reserved for government, not free market: Favors topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Floating foreign exchange rate is necessary for free trade: Favors topic 13
Tariffs & trade restrictions impede economic growth: Favors topic 13
Interfering with trade is the road to authoritarianism: Strongly Favors topic 13
No opinion on topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 16:
Stricter limits on voting rights
(0 points on Social scale)
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No opinion on topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
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No opinion on topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
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(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(0 points on Social scale)
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Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Money supply needs to expand, to support economic growth: Strongly Favors topic 20
Repeal recession spending once expansion begins: Strongly Favors topic 20
Lower taxes in recessions and raise taxes in booms: Opposes topic 20

Milton Friedman is a Moderate Libertarian Conservative.
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