Originally Posted by tonton
Now explain how that's a parallel to the United States.
The government has a monopoly on many services, preventing competition in the free market.
Mail delivery, for example. Want a piece of mail delivered to your mailbox? You must use the USPS. There are no other alternatives.
A man named Lysander Spooner once created a successful competitor to the USPS. His company delivered mail more efficiently and at lower cost. The government shut it down.
You don't want to use the USPS? Too bad. Oh, and we're going to take money out of your paycheck to pay for it, too. Don't want to pay for it? We'll send men with badges and guns to force you to pay.
Isn't that convenient? You have to pay taxes because you use our services. Yet we're the only ones providing those services because we have a monopoly on them and prevent the free market from competing with us.
On top of that, we can't even break even on most of the services we provide because we don't have to compete with anyone and we are under no obligation to improve our services or deliver them more efficiently.