1- The government will not willingly reduce the size of itself
2- The government will never run efficiently, because there is no incentive to do so
On another note:
3- Businesses will always be more efficient than government, because there IS an incentive to do so (profit)
4- Because of this, government involvement in providing services that can be provided by the private sector should be minimalized (such as education, post office, etc)[/quote]
3 and 4 are a stretch. I know the post office is like bayonets and horses but if you want to ship a letter do you call UPS or FED EX ? I do see they have a private freeway down in Texas. If free enterprise could do it all we would not have places like Somalia , Afghanistan and the like Free enterprise requires A Government to keep it free.And I do know there is no perfect Government as there is no perfect business
A stretch? The post office loses millions of dollars every day, ups and fedex make profits.
The only reason people don’t use ups or fedex for general letters is bc the post office has a monopoly on first class mail. Nobody is allowed to sgip first class mail except the post office. I am 100% sure that if the post office shut down there would be no problems.
I still think the government should be responsible for public roads, military, some welfare programs, etc. But they are involved in WAY more stuff then they should be.
If you don’t think businesses are more efficient than government, I’ll give a couple examples : social security and education. Social security is an absolute clusterfuck, would you trust your money to social security or to a private retirement account? Then have a look at private vs public education. Private is pretty much always better. I take the same side as Bill Gates on public education. The government should still fund it, but the money should follow the student, not the school. All the schools are privatized, and will have to compete to get students, and therfore funding.
If you read my post, I never said government wasn’t neccessary. Those countries you mentioned have/had tyrannical governments that stifiled their development as a nation. My argument is for smaller government, not larger, so you are actually proving my point.[/quote]
You can have any trucking company in America deliver a letter , UPS and Fed Ex are probably best equipped to compete with USPS
I agree the gov should be responsible for what you said, but in my opinion we could throw health Care in there . It is something we will all need at some time of our life . Those that do pay their bills are presently subsidizing those that do not pay.It has the potential to be a great thing
Well if health care is taken over by the government, you will still have the same system.
Currently, those that pay subsidize those that don’t.
With government takeover, those who can afford it will subsidize those who can’t.
Pretty much the same system.
I think there should be systems in place for a homeless person that gets sick, a baby needs surgery that their parents cannot afford, etc.
But at the same time, I am tired of the government forcing people to buy things because they are too irresponsible to buy it themselves. It’s the same situation that happened with social security. People were too irresponsible to save for retirement, so the government stepped in and forced everyone to. And you can see how that worked out.
In my opinion, when in doubt, leave the government out of it.
IMO what Insurance companies see as profit and bonuses are us over paying
So then, you think insurance shouldn’t be mandated?[/quote]
I would go for a public option 1rst choice or Socialized Medicine