September 07, 2007

Only the Government...


"Only the government has the resources capable to educate our nation. Only the government has the ability to provide health care to the nation. Only the government has the ability to feed to poor."

This is a common treatise cited for why our government should act as a savior for the lost. But, this is incorrect. Do you know who else has the resources? The people of this country. The one's who are funding this government. And they can do it better. And definitely more efficiently.

(side note)
Yesterday, this thought experiment just hit 10,000 page views. I think it makes sense that it should fall on a day where a post makes me look like a maniac. But, thank you very much for your contributions over the last year+, and let's continue to learn so that we can act.

4 comments:

Brent said...

And the government is made out of people, so...

Sabai said...

that was the point, i guess. The idea that "the government's money supply" is something other than the simple, collective taxation of the populace.

so, people can collectively do what some say only the government can do, but without the non-competition, bureaucracy, and fraud.

Steve said...

Yes, but will they? Everyone had a choice whether to give funds to school kids who weren't their own, would enough people give to do it? And if it becomes privatized and each parent must pay for their own child's schooling, what about those who can't? Do we allow children to go completely uneducated, screwing up their future because their parents are poor?

I guess that's the theory behind governments doing these things. People support a lot of the things the government does in theory, but complain when the tax bill comes to have to pay for it. So do we know people would actually give enough (and spread out enough throughout the country) to fund the education system? I guess the argument is, if you see these things as essential, do you leave them up to chance?

Sabai said...

great points steve. but if we really do see these things as essential, then won't we step in personally?