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Freakonomics has started podcasting and interviewed me the other day [2] about what I would do if I were in charge of the government. My real answer which may or may not have made it into the podcast is that if I were put in charge, I’d no longer be an economist, but a politician, and I’d probably do what they all do. See Bernanke, Ben for evidence of this phenomenon. So I don’t want to be in charge. I don’t want anyone to be in charge. But I did give the beginnings of a fantasy list if I managed to control myself. Eliminate tariffs, corporate welfare, the Department of Education and so on. I don’t remember if I mentioned getting government out of the housing market, but I should have.