In considering the current crop of presidential candidates, economic libertarians and others who place a high value on property rights, the right to earn a living, and the right to open a business will find no better friend than Texas senator Ted Cruz. Cruz demonstrated his commitment to these values when he was a senior official at the Federal Trade Commission during George W. Bush’s administration. Significantly, his work at the FTC established a foundation on which the cause of economic liberty progresses still today.
Leading a team of senior FTC lawyers, Cruz used his considerable advocacy skills to fight relentlessly against state laws conferring privilege on politically and economically powerful interest groups. Many of these laws do little more than protect entrenched incumbents from small entrepreneurs seeking to open a business and earn a living. Cruz and his team vigorously opposed unjustified state government privilege in such diverse occupations as attorneys, funeral directors, opticians, and mortgage brokers. The goal was always to open up markets to entry by anyone with the talent and desire to compete on a level playing field.
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