CS70 wrote:hobbyist wrote:I realise there are differences between us and the continent.
And it is hard to make govt smaller once it has started growing.
Government has no valid business providing anything but law and order including military, and sound money. That would include protecting people from scams fraud and externalities. Everything govt does otherwise is just an excuse to grow government.
Everybody's entitled to an opinion, and they come a dime a dozen. You will find that most people in Europe do not share yours, and works on different assumptions. I am sure you can see that?In the end govt will take all we make and give very little while the 'crats live high on the hog.
If you look at evidence, you will find out that it is not necessarily so. There's plenty countries with fairly large government where graft is not endemic at all. There are, of course, many large government countries where it is, and so there are small government countries which work and other which don't. Slogans aren't useful at all.The problem you note is because govt is still in the charity biz.
Folks do not see the need to give as much when they are paying so much to govt who is supposedly taking care of charity. Get govt out of the charity biz and people would willingly give the truly needy as much as possible. Note that the way they are breeding like bunnies they will grow so large as to unsustainable by us or the govt. We need a tax on kids. pay 250,000 usd to buy a license to have another kid as that is the true cost of raising them until they contribute and finally to care for them after they cant work until they die.
It's hard - actually, meaningless - to discuss such statements without being sure that there's enough common understanding...Wealth concentration is meaningless. It is just envy being used as a scare tactic by the left. Why shouldnt people who create more value keep some of what they create? Either they spend the money helping the economy, or they invest it to create jobs to make more money, or they put in a bank who invests it. Anyway you slice it they are helping everybody do better. The real problem is the people who dont work , drop out of school, have lots of bastards, and expect everybody to take care of them and their kids.
..and it is pretty obvious that there isn't. ;-)
I understand some of the differences between US and EU.
I realise that many people think govt should give them stuff.
Evil and crime are everywhere. In the end every govt enslaves the people. Some take longer, Others are overthrown before it happens.