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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

New Orleans Can Show Us The Way

Would you move to New Orleans as a resident or businessman if they return to the high welfare, big government corruptionism of pre-Katrina? The answer is likely "No". That is why this is the big opportunity to take a levelled (but not level) place and rebuild it from a free-market capitalist framework. Then we will see who really wants to live and work there. And it will be a better place than before Katrina.

However, John Stossel points out how unions are demanding wage law enforcement at a time when entrepreneurs are most needed. Asks Stossel:

Why can't we have a little experiment? Suspend labor laws and licensing laws, reduce taxes and establish school vouchers in one small place. If it is a bad idea, as the unions and lovers of big government contend, that will be clear soon enough. I suspect they really fear success: Schools will improve, business will recover, a thousand ideas will bloom. Then everyone hemmed in by bureaucracy's suffocating rules will want Louisiana's freedom, too.

The answer is there is fear that those "free to choose" answers will succeed. With success will be the real life debunking of the socialist dream, still alive in academia, the media and leftist Think Tanks.

Clint Bolick reports how the NEA and Ted Kennedy are attempting to block school vouchers from reaching the hands of the parents in Katrina's locations. 372,000 children are without schools. Who will ensure these children are educated? The government or the parents? Who has an interest to provide education quickly and in satisfaction to its customers? Government or private schools? Maybe the NEA and Kennedy are willing to block the children from schools because, God forbid, "Intelligent Design" may makes its way into a class discussion without ACLU blessings.

Per the Index of Economic Freedom, the United States ranks in the top 20 for most economically free countries in the world (actually we rank only13th). That is why we and the others continue to increase our population through immigration. Gabriel Openshaw reports in the Von Mises website:

Even within a country, we can see migration from more restrictive to more free market policies. In the United States, net migration is 23% greater to states that have a right-conservative governor than to states with a left-liberal governor, and in general the conservative political platform is more pro-free market.[3]

Even at the county level, 97 of the top 100 fastest growing counties in America voted conservative, or more free market, in the last election.[4] Again, the principle holds.

So, if we want people to vote with their feet and grow with their effort, the free market solution to New Orleans is at the ready.

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