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Obama shares FDR’s arrogant conceit

December 31, 2008
John Stossel
12/28/2008

Barack Obama wants to use the recession to remake the U.S. economy.

“Painful crisis also provides us with an opportunity to transform our economy to improve the lives of ordinary people,” Obama said.

His designated chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, is more direct: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”

So they will “transform our economy.” Obama’s nearly trillion-dollar plan will not merely repair bridges, fill potholes and fix up schools; it will also impose a utopian vision based on the belief that an economy is a thing to be planned from above. But this is an arrogant conceit. No one can possibly know enough to redesign something as complex as “an economy,” which really is people engaging in exchanges to achieve their goals. Planning it means planning them.

Obama and Emanuel want us to believe that their blueprint for reform will bring recovery from the recession. Yet we have recovered from past recessions without undertaking a radical social and economic transformation.

In fact, reform would impede recovery.

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