The True Purpose Of Government

Posted: February 1, 2010 in constitution, economy, freedom, politics, rants
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What do you think is the true purpose of government? If you said anything other than “to secure our freedom” or something similar, I’m going to have to respectfully disagree.

Is it the job of the government to provide us with electricity? What about water? No, it’s not. Our public works sector could easily be privatized. As a matter of fact, when TVA brought electricity to the Tennessee valley, a private company, Commonwealth & Southern, was planning on doing the same thing. But TVA was FDR’s baby and the rest is history. (for more info, check out Amity Shlaes)

Is it government’s job to provide us with an education? No. Private schools, those affiliated with a religious organization and those that aren’t, often out-perform public schools in many areas. And when vouchers are offered by the government to underprivileged children who would otherwise have to attend a sub-par public school, the children excel, and at a smaller burden to the taxpayers. One only has to look at the DC voucher program (which Education Secretary Arne Duncan decided wasn’t worth it and was subsequently canceled) to see how successful they can be.

Is it government’s responsibility to plan our retirement? Negative. This one really concerns me. Since when is it right, in a free country, for the government to take a chunk out of my paycheck without my consent and use it to pay for the retirements of the previous generation? Since FDR. Social Security was another of FDR’s progressive (what I call socialist) programs. It’s also a pyramid scheme on a scale Bernie Madoff would envy.

Up until a few years ago almost no one questioned the viability of the program. And why should they have? With more people entering the workforce than there were leaving it, SS was in no danger of running out of funds. But with the baby boomers set to retire over the next few years, and with fewer people entering the workforce than there will be leaving it, the pyramid will flip.

Let me explain: SS is a pyramid. Start with one person in the workforce. By the time he retires, two people take his place. SS wasn’t in effect when worker 1 was working. He saved for his own retirement. Workers 2 & 3 weren’t so lucky. The president signed SS into law, raising their taxes and forcing them to pay for #1’s retirement. But with two workers paying for one worker’s retirement, the burden wasn’t that bad.

But eventually we get to a point when the current generation of workers is outnumbered by the previous generation, causing the pyramid to flip. With a smaller workforce, the tax burden will have to be increased on the current generation to pay for the previous generation’s retirement, making it possible for 20M workers to pay for the retirements of 40M retirees (numbers are hypothetical). So instead of letting individuals take responsibility for their own retirement, government thought they could protect us from individual responsibility and increase our prosperity by increasing taxes.

Can you explain to me why we should let these same people get involved in reforming a healthcare system that’s not broken? Sure there are problems, but those problems are in the insurance industry and tort system, not healthcare. And even though they say they’ll only raise taxes on the “rich”, we’ll all feel the hurt eventually.

Think about it: with less capital to invest in business expansion, job creation, R&D, etc., there will be fewer jobs available each year. Sound appealing to you? Not to me.

Is it the government’s job to protect our freedoms? Yes! I am more than happy to send my tax dollars to pay for the defense of our country. I’m not happy sending my tax dollars to give a first time home buyer a tax credit, when that money could go toward my first house. I’m not happy sending my tax dollars to pay for someone else’s healthcare, especially when that money could go towards MY healthcare. I’m not happy sending my tax dollars to pay for someone else’s retirement when that money could go towards MY retirement, or whatever the hell I want to use it for because IT’S MY MONEY!

I will gladly send my money to pay for a soldier’s healthcare, education, job training, housing, etc because that’s the least I can do for someone willing to die to protect my freedom. I will gladly send my money to pay for NASA, because the time may come when we need to deflect an asteroid or even find another habitable planet. I will gladly pay for military R&D because our soldiers deserve the best weapons to defend us with.

Anything that protects our freedoms while not violating any, I will gladly pay for. Otherwise, I’ll fight government control of any industry and programs that promote dependence on government. The private sector is where viable and sustainable economic development occurs. The sooner more of us realize that, the better this country will be.

  1. it jobs are very much in demand these days because of technology boom”:.

  2. government jobs are still the best when it comes to job security ,.,

  3. Sean says:

    finally someone I agree with that gets it :’)

  4. lisa says:

    but……………… what is the main purpose of government.

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