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Barking Cats

By on 11.17.06 | 11:27AM

Phil: That was surely one of Friedman's best metaphors. I used it a few months ago when examining the left's complaints about the Medicare prescription drug program. Here is the quote in full:

What would you think of someone who said, "I would like to have a cat provided it barked?" The biological laws that specify the characteristics of cats are no more rigid than the political laws that specify the behavior of governmental agencies once they are established.
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