In an interview, Milton Friedman declared which federal departments he’d want to abolish and which he’d keep. What do you think of it?
Here’s the video if you want to watch it.
In summary, he said the following of each:
Dept. of Agriculture: Abolish.
Dept. of Commerce: Abolish.
Dept. of Defense: Keep.
Dept. of Education: Abolish.
Dept. of Energy: Abolish (except for that which deals with nuclear, plutonium, etc. and put this under defense).*
Dept. of Health & Human Services: Keep half, keep some to prevent contagion, arguably research although he says it’s complicated.
Dept. of Housing & Urban Development: Abolish.
Dept. of Interior: Abolish and sell off all land.
Dept. of Justice: Keep.
Dept. of Labor: Abolish.
Dept. of State: Keep.
Dept. of Transportation: Abolish.
Dept. of Treasury: Keep, for tax collection purposes.
Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs: Abolish (pay off lump sums to veterans and service members, I think is what he suggests).*
In conclusion, he wanted to keep only 4.5 of the 14 federal departments. As most of you know, the Department of Homeland Security was not in place at the time this video was made. I’m wondering what you guys think of this entire video as a whole, what you think Milton Friedman would’ve wanted to do with Homeland Security, and just any general thoughts, etc.
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