The trend today is toward more and more control of the economy by government that goes directly against our traditions, against the ideas of freedom and individual initiative that made us great. . . . There’s no question that the self-sufficiency and material well-being of Americans are being diminished by government. We’re following England down the road to intellectual and financial destruction.
Barry Goldwater, 1975. Cited by Clarence B. Carson, A Basic History of the United States, Volume 5: The Welfare State 1929-1985, pg.309