I’ve always believed that libertarianism was the answer. Someone made a comment about the female “take care of me” attitude which is frighteningly accurate. I don’t know many female libertarians but 90% of the men I know feel this way, especially my co-workers.
I believe my taxes should pay for:
- Government employee salaries and their benefits (to include military)
- Federal roads and buildings, things that everyone uses
- Technological R&D, like awarding contracts for manufacturers to develop new shit
- Wars, when necessary
- Grants for education on a merit basis only
AND NOTHING ELSE. OK, maybe I left out a few small categories, but you see my point. None of this health care, medicare, medicaid, social security, etc. All of it is nonsense. A social safety net only discourages greatness.
Agreed, but with a caveat that manufacturers have plenty of financial incentive to develop new shit without the government throwing a bunch of money at them. If I could design, build, and market a car with the performance of a Ferrari and the economy of a Prius, I doubt I’d need a government grant to sell a few of them unless the price were too high. If that was the problem, then it’s hardly the government’s business to subsidize the cost so I can sell it at a reasonable price point. It’s my problem to figure out how to balance the variables to keep the price to something the market will bear.
While the government funding new technology works in theory, in practice it often just turns into a way in which to reward political cronies with taxpayer money. (Or with money borrowed from China, nowadays.)
I would add that state/local governments (but not Federal) would have a few additional minor responsibilities. For example, if the parents taking care of a severely handicapped adult child passed away, and that person then needed some help with managing his life. If possible, however, he should still have some kind of job. I’ve seen some fairly severely mentally handicapped people working jobs like grocery store bagger and seeming to ENJOY their work. Unless you are a bedridden vegetable, chances are there is some kind of work you could be doing, at least for a few hours a week. To give you no opportunity to work at all is just wrong in my opinion.
One thing that is very often forgotten in today’s society is that there is dignity in working for a living. No one is being helped when the government pays them to just stay home and rot in front in front of a TV for the rest of their lives. It robs people of their dignity. That’s akin to psychological torture in my opinion – the government telling you have absolutely nothing of any value to contribute to society, not now or in the future. I’d just as soon get waterboarded as be condemned to living out my life as a helpless dependent of the government.
Aren’t you supposed to be at the gym?