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David Friedman on Obama and School Vouchers

David Friedman has posted a comment in response to my Obamacons piece, saying that he is the libertarian I’m referring to when I write, “Bartlett quotes one libertarian who believes, without providing evidence, that Obama will promote school vouchers if elected.” Indeed, he is. Here is the line from Bruce Bartlett’s piece I had in mind: “Friedman is convinced of Obama’s sympathy for school vouchers–a tendency that the Democratic primaries temporarily suppressed.” It is preceded by a passage about Friedman viewing “Obama as the better vessel for his father’s cause,” which I take to mean something more than a Democrat with some intellectual sympathy for free markets.

My own view is that there isn’t much evidence that Obama’s “sympathy for school vouchers” is strong enough to have any actual policy content and no evidence that he will promote them as president. But Friedman says Bartlett inaccurately summarized his views and that I’ve inaccurately described Bartlett’s inaccurate summary. What, then, are Friedman’s actual views on Obama and school vouchers? “I think Obama is more sympathetic to school vouchers than one would expect a liberal Democrat running for President to be, but I will be very pleasantly surprised if he actually comes out in favor of them.”

I happen to think this is an even weaker argument for Obama than my interpretation of Bartlett’s paraphrase, but these are Friedman’s views and I apologize for misstating them originally. You can read more of David Friedman’s thoughts on Obama here.

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