View Poll Results: Does the government do ANYTHING right?

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  • Yes, pretty much all the time.

    2 4.76%
  • Sometimes yes, sometimes no.

    21 50.00%
  • Usually not "better" (read: cost efficient), but should still be in charge of for other reasons.

    8 19.05%
  • No, never.

    7 16.67%
  • Other

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    Re: Does the government do ANYTHING right?

    For those who are opposed to toll roads I found an article of interest.

    San Francisco Bay Area Plan Proposes Tracking Car Travel With GPS and Taxing Drivers as Much as a Dime per Mile | TheBlaze.com

    According to the article it is a propsed study to determine the viablity of it the proposed tax would be $0.10 per mile expected to be about $1,300.00 per driver for a year. It would be based on info gatered from GPS tracking.
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    Re: Does the government do ANYTHING right?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow Serious View Post
    For those who are opposed to toll roads I found an article of interest.

    San Francisco Bay Area Plan Proposes Tracking Car Travel With GPS and Taxing Drivers as Much as a Dime per Mile | TheBlaze.com

    According to the article it is a propsed study to determine the viablity of it the proposed tax would be $0.10 per mile expected to be about $1,300.00 per driver for a year. It would be based on info gatered from GPS tracking.
    SF is famous for bat **** crazy ideas like this.

    And, ummm, seems to be that we already have a VMT tax... it's called the gasoline tax. The more you drive, the more gasoline you purchase, the more you pay in tax.
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    then you are a hypocrite and everything you say on the matter is just babble.

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    Re: Does the government do ANYTHING right?

    Quote Originally Posted by Daktoria View Post
    The government screws up right.

    Most people, unfortunately, screw down left.
    well, close. the government breaks things very well. that's why it's such a good institution to house the military in.

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    Re: Does the government do ANYTHING right?

    I don't think it has a chance of passing whether it be San Francisco or San Diego.

    Conservatives don't like it because it's a new tax and liberals don't like it because they see it as "Big Brother" looking over their shoulder.

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    Re: Does the government do ANYTHING right?

    90+% of the time - no (imo)

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    Re: Does the government do ANYTHING right?

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    One thing it makes absolutely no economic sense for the government to be involved in is mail/postage. At least IMHO.

    Government can, and should provide the public with public goods (and there is a certain degree as to what qualifies as a public good depending on your perspective), but generally includes law enforcement, emergency services, primary education, healthcare, and national defense. Lighthouses are a typical economics textbook example of a public good.

    The original purpose of the post office being a govt agency or arm

    he United States Postal Service first began moving the mail on July 26, 1775, when the Second Continental Congress named Benjamin Franklin as the nation's first Postmaster General. In accepting the position, Franklin dedicated his efforts to fulfilling George Washington's vision. Washington, who championed a free flow of information between citizens and their government as a cornerstone of freedom, often spoke of a nation bound together by a system of postal roads and post offices.

    Publisher William Goddard (1740-1817) first suggested the idea of an organized U.S. postal service in 1774, as a way to pass the latest news past the prying eyes of colonial British postal inspectors.

    The United States Postal Service (USPS). Is it government agency or a private business? It's both.

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    Re: Does the government do ANYTHING right?

    The premise of govt is good...our govt does good and does bad...and most of the bad is because of the MONEY and the influence of money, through lobbiest...See our govt SUCKS because capitolism and private enterprise used our govt as their whore....they send legions of lobbiests with millions to corrupt our govt and its decisions. They coerce our govt to do THEIR bidding and what benefits THEIR private business. THEY beg our govt for billions upon billions our TAXPAYER money to run thier business...and to expand their business...LIKE big oil who gets billions and has never built a single refinery to increase capacity to stop the yearly RAPE of america in huge gas prices right at the start of the driving season.

    Its not govt that sucks its the rich and the corporations that have corrputed our govt for personal gain

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    Re: Does the government do ANYTHING right?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Name one thing the government does better than private industry.
    Military. PMC groups have a history of getting crazy with it. Blackwater comes to mind.

    Name one thing private industry does better than government.
    Public indoctrination and propaganda. I'm the only person I know who doesn't even own a TV, or radio. Most points of view I've heard from others IRL come more from those two wretched devices than anything else.
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    Re: Does the government do ANYTHING right?

    I would modify one of your statements to read:

    Governments ONLY stated goal is the common good... its other goal is to perpetuate itself: : Some do a good job, some do a bad job, sometimes they do better, sometimes worse.
    Actually not necessarily , depends on the government and how its structured.

    For example, is an AA groups goal to purpetuate itself? Not necessarily.

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