On Richard Nixon
MILTON FRIEDMAN: Nixon was the most socialist of the presidents of the United States in the 20th century.
INTERVIEWER: I've heard Nixon accused of many things, but never [of being] a socialist before.
MILTON FRIEDMAN: Well, his ideas were not socialist -- quite the opposite -- but
if you look at what happened during his administration, first of all, the number
of pages in the Federal Register, which is full of regulations about business,
doubled during his regime. During his regime the EPA, the Environmental Protection
Agency, was established and the OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration, the OECA [the EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance
Assurance] -- about a dozen, a half dozen alphabetic agencies were established, so
that you had the biggest increase in government regulation and control of industry
during the Nixon administration that you had in the whole postwar period.