Government corruption of our economy

I have noted on several occasions (most recently “State Ownership of Businesses) the growing threats to America’s economic productivity of ever greater government involvement in the economy. This productivity is the basis of our high standard of living and of our influence in the world. It is almost impossible for the government to get involved, especially as a shareholder without replacing commercial judgment and considerations with political considerations. Rather than better goods and services at lower prices we get more expensive goods that provide employment or profits for the benefit of a congresswoman’s constituents at tax payer expense. Today’s Washington Post has an article that so clearly illustrates this corrosive danger that I must pass it on: "Time to Click and Drag Car Sales into the 21 Century". The government’s involvement in the economy reduces its productivity but of equal if not greater importance it erodes the integrity of government.

On Friday in Las Vegas I debate whether we should get rid of the Federal Reserve as part of FreedomFest. If interested, you can see it on C-SPAN.

Best wishes,


About wcoats

Dr. Warren L. Coats specializes in advising central banks on monetary policy, and in the development of their capacity to formulate and implement monetary policy. He is retired from the International Monetary Fund, where, as Assistant Director of the Monetary and Financial Systems Department, he led missions to over twenty countries. Before then, he served as Visiting Economist to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and to the World Bank, and was Assistant Prof of Economics at the Univ. of Virginia from 1970-75. Most recently he was Senior Monetary Policy Advisor to the Central Bank of Iraq; an IMF consultant to the central banks of Afghanistan, Kenya and Zimbabwe; and a Deloitte/USAID advisor to the Government of South Sudan. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the Cayman Financial Review and until the end of 2013 was a member of the IMF program team for Afghanistan. His most recent book is entitled "One Currency for Bosnia: Creating the Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina."
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