whitehouse1Arthur Brooks and Paul Ryan

The authors write that in polls, Americans overwhelmingly prefer small government and low taxes to the alternative. Yet they’ve been given big government, one program at a time. As we move into this election season, Americans are being asked to choose between candidates and political parties. But the true decision we will be making is if we still want our traditional American free enterprise system or if we prefer a European-style social democracy. Every day more Americans see that the road to serfdom in America starts with smooth-talking politicians offering seemingly innocuous compromises and an opportunistic leadership that doesn’t stand up for America’s principles of freedom and entrepreneurship.

Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute. Ryan is a Republican congressman from Wisconsin.

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