This morning, Tim Pawlenty delivered a speech on his economic plan at the University of Chicago. The speech itself includes a few humdrum specifics on how to go about cutting taxes, simplifying the tax code, and raising government revenue (via economic growth, not tax hikes). But my favorite part of the speech — and where I give Pawlenty a solid A for creativity and memorability — is his introduction of “The Google Test” to determine what government programs and agencies would be axed under a Pawlenty presidency.
If you can find a good or service on the Internet, then the federal government probably doesn’t need to be doing it.
The post office — the government printing office — Amtrak — Fannie and Freddie were all built for a different time in our country when the private sector did not adequately provide those services. That’s no longer the case.