Originally Posted by DocNo42
Yes, just like our country has benefited from the massive explosion of government post WWII
So you don't like the GI bill, the interstate highway system, the clean air and clean water acts, the fire departments, police departments, public university system that attracts people from all over the world, the national parks, regulations that has allowed Los Angeles to almost double in size and actually improve its air quality, the Apollo program, the military spending that was the foundation for the boom of the 1950's, the V A hospital system that has a higher ranking than any private hospital system, the CDC that helped eradicate or prevent how many infectious diseases, etc.....
It is so easy to blame government, it is a favorite American indoor sport, and I am firmly a Jeffersonian democrat who only wants just the right amount of government, no more no less, but I've also lived in places without a strong central government and a strong sense of common interests (I assume the flag waving, holier than thou anti-government folks still have a sense of common national pride that isn't merely a desire for Bud Light and the freedom to tell other people what to do.).
Without post WW2 government programs, we would look a lot more like India - states that don't get along, laws that don't get enforced, rich families with monopolies that run everyone else like they are serfs, pollution that makes breathing painful, etc. It wouldn't be a 1920's fantasy or the days just post V-Day.
Corporate power needs to be balanced with political power. Capitalism needs Democracy.
Originally Posted by DocNo42
Ha! There is no magical entity called "government". This is your first and greatest logical fallicy.
Government is an institution, and it's run by humans - not this nebulous entity with mythical powers. Humans that have all the same qualities that are often ascribed to those "evil" corporations. Except with government it's worse.
Doc, you demonstrate your own greatest logical fallicies quite well. You seem to think "corporations" are magical entities run by wise, compassionate titans of industry!
Corporations are institutions, run by humans - not nebulous entities with mythical powers of efficiency and wealth creation.
Your problem is that you are convinced government is worse. My family lost more from Enron than from any 5% tax hike on our incomes.
Corporations long ago lost the sheen of personal responsibility. Corporations are just as bad as government, except you can't vote the CEO of Exxon out of office, at least I can vote my senator out. And don't tell me the free market gets bad CEO's out of their jobs. No, boards of directors do, but wait! How did that work out for Lehman Bros., AIG, GM, etc. Oops, I guess corporate efficiency and the free market didn't quite fix those problems!
Corporations are even more difficult to change than politicians. Just try to honestly answer this question: which is more likely - that I would run for office and change government or start my own oil company and change Exxon?
Freedom ain't free, but neither is the "free" market.