The people of the United States would be immensely better off without the government, all things considered.
The government taxes a whole lotta money out of the Average Joe, and then spends most of it on cops, prisons, troops, wars and corporate subsidies (much of what they spend on health care and education and welfare
doesn't really go to the people: It subsidizes companies who provide those services for profit!
. They don't even give people free and universal health care!!! College costs tens of thousands of dollars
!!! The hoops people have to jump through to get much needed welfare are completely absurd
, and the amounts actually given are contemptible. Law enforcement and the justice system cause infinitely far more damage than good: Their main result is to deprive millions upon millions of youths and minorities of their civil and political rights. That, in turn, results in an endless cycle of poverty, misery and oppression. Laws banning pretty much everything pleasurable are commonplace. They're continually restricting the liberties of the civilian population further, too. Government is in collusion with corporate interests to actively drive the working class's standard of living down. The money the government spends on actual infrastructure to be put to productive use by civvies is laughable
. Roads are poorly maintained, everything you can privatize has been privatized already, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.
If the government were to collapse right now, the overall impact on the Average Joe would be positive
. Even though government wouldn't do the few useful things it does, they also wouldn't do all the evil shit they're currently doing. And they'd stop stealing from the poor to give to the rich and being overall parasites.
edited 6th Jan '12 3:20:13 PM by SavageHeathen
You exist because we allow it and you will end because we demand it.