Jacob Stampen, WISCAPE Affiliate
Where do Gov. Walker’s public policy ideas come from? The long-standing debate over how the public-and private-sector should be involved in delivering goods and services is, once again, gaining attention in Wisconsin and across the nation. One side (followers of John Maynard Keynes) argues that government is best suited to provide services that everyone needs, such as education and health care, though the private sector can be relied on for everything else. The other side (followers of Milton Friedman) argues that the private sector can provide virtually every kind of service better than the public sector, and therefore it should be relied on to do so. If true, this would save taxpayers a great deal of money and make them less dependent on government.