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    Re: Minimal or Maximum Government--Which would you prefer?

    Don't like either answer but I would go with minimal if forced to decide. I believe that the role of government is to provide the greatest good for the greatest numbers for the longest period of time which means that government should invest in people and infrastructure as long as there is a return on the investment. So good infrastructure, good education for those who want an education and have the intelligence to contribute with an education. Very limited social net and only for people who normally would be contributors. No reason to spend money on people who are unable or unwilling to pay it back with interest. Take out the religious morality behind social services and progressive taxation. Don't want a Christian government concerned about such things.

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    Re: Minimal or Maximum Government--Which would you prefer?

    How come there's no option for "this is the dumbest poll in DP history?"
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    Re: Minimal or Maximum Government--Which would you prefer?

    Close to zero as possible.

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    Re: Minimal or Maximum Government--Which would you prefer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    First explain to me WHY it HAS to be one or the other, rather than something in between the two extremes?
    Because for Ron Paul voters and many Libertarians, a government can either be like Somalia's or North Korea's. It can't be like Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, etc.
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    Re: Minimal or Maximum Government--Which would you prefer?

    Maximum.

    I've worked in a small town before where everybody hated government and were all GOP. Guess what the only two industries were in that small town? Police and teachers. Both government jobs.

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    Re: Minimal or Maximum Government--Which would you prefer?

    Quote Originally Posted by ronpaulvoter View Post
    Suppose you had to choose ONE of these two options:

    MINIMAL government--Government would provide good roads and protect you from the wrongdoings of other people. Everything else you have to provide for yourself and your family--education, health care, housing, food, transportation, etc. Government is obligated to leave you strictly alone and not interfere with your lifestyle, business, family matters, home, or anything else. Taxes are minimal.

    MAXIMUM government--Government provides everything--food, housing, education, health care, transportation, etc. It also regulates all aspects of your life, including "protecting" you from yourself and consuming a huge portion of your income as taxes.

    Which would you choose?
    I will go with minimal. I like Rand Paul, however I would not go to the extremes pushed by his dad Ron Paul, who I consider to be a drooling nut job.

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    Re: Minimal or Maximum Government--Which would you prefer?

    Quote Originally Posted by ronpaulvoter View Post
    Suppose you had to choose ONE of these two options:

    MINIMAL government--Government would provide good roads and protect you from the wrongdoings of other people. Everything else you have to provide for yourself and your family--education, health care, housing, food, transportation, etc. Government is obligated to leave you strictly alone and not interfere with your lifestyle, business, family matters, home, or anything else. Taxes are minimal.

    MAXIMUM government--Government provides everything--food, housing, education, health care, transportation, etc. It also regulates all aspects of your life, including "protecting" you from yourself and consuming a huge portion of your income as taxes.

    Which would you choose?
    Of those two - Maximum. It's honestly to the point where I would be happier under totalitarian governments than totalitarian businesses. At least the totalitarian government has a reason to give a **** whether or not it's dumping toxic chemicals into the water supply.

    Both of those options suck, though. I'd rather not live under either.
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    Re: Minimal or Maximum Government--Which would you prefer?

    Quote Originally Posted by ronpaulvoter View Post
    Suppose you had to choose ONE of these two options:

    MINIMAL government--Government would provide good roads and protect you from the wrongdoings of other people. Everything else you have to provide for yourself and your family--education, health care, housing, food, transportation, etc. Government is obligated to leave you strictly alone and not interfere with your lifestyle, business, family matters, home, or anything else. Taxes are minimal.

    MAXIMUM government--Government provides everything--food, housing, education, health care, transportation, etc. It also regulates all aspects of your life, including "protecting" you from yourself and consuming a huge portion of your income as taxes.

    Which would you choose?
    I choose neither, they both sound pretty crappy.
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    Re: Minimal or Maximum Government--Which would you prefer?

    Quote Originally Posted by ronpaulvoter View Post
    Suppose you had to choose ONE of these two options:

    MINIMAL government--Government would provide good roads and protect you from the wrongdoings of other people. Everything else you have to provide for yourself and your family--education, health care, housing, food, transportation, etc. Government is obligated to leave you strictly alone and not interfere with your lifestyle, business, family matters, home, or anything else. Taxes are minimal.

    MAXIMUM government--Government provides everything--food, housing, education, health care, transportation, etc. It also regulates all aspects of your life, including "protecting" you from yourself and consuming a huge portion of your income as taxes.

    Which would you choose?
    Neither.
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