Tag: Lawrence W. Reed

By Lawrence W. Reed With so much talk these days of scandal, incompetence and failed programs, trust in government is on the ropes. To some people, this development is lamentable. They write articles about the need to “renew our faith in democratic institutions.” But this may be a case where the general population is smarter than the pundits. Polls testify to a fading faith in government. One from the American Enterprise Institute more than a decade ago showed that barely 20 percent of Americans “trust government in Washington to do what is right ‘most of the time’ or ‘just about always.’” That was down from about three-quarters of Americans in 1963. A September 2011 CNN poll found that only 15… View Article

The Charter School Issue Comes Down to Choice

By Lawrence W. Reed In less than two months, Georgia voters will decide an important question about the future of education in our state: Should charter schools be authorized by a statewide, appointed commission or must they secure the approval of local school boards? I’ve lived in Georgia for less than three years, but I worked on education reform issues for 30 years in Michigan. The two states are hundreds of miles apart but in so many ways, the issues of charter schools and education reform share the same background and alignment of special interests. From the first moment that terms like “choice,” “competition” and “accountability” entered the education reform debate in Michigan, they generated fear and attacks from the… View Article

It Wasn’t Government That Fixed Your Clock

(Editor’s Note:  Lawrence W. Reed is President of the Foundation for Economic Education.  Reed will deliver the keynote address, “The Seven Principles of Sound Public Policy,” at the Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on Friday, September 21 at the W Hotel in Midtown Atlanta.) By Lawrence W. Reed Remember the old Chicago song, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” Well, if you asked that question about 130 years ago, you could have received 38 different answers in a single state and many more than that in some countries. How the invention of standard time brought order out of an astonishing degree of confusion is a sadly forgotten tale and a great tribute to ingenuity in a free society. People… View Article

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