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  •  Well, there is that idea (5+ / 0-)

    The the smaller the government, the better.  A lot of people swallow that without contemplating the implications.

    I can't understand why someone would want less (and less effective) government in a wolrd that is increasingly complex and unpredictable.  Freedom and self-reliance I suppose...

    •  Lack of or reduction in inspections (5+ / 0-)

      industrial accidents like West, TX
      contaminated cortisone shots
      cantaloupes (Colorado), meat (many places), lettuce (California) etc. that sicken people and cause many to die
      polluted water and air
      failing pipelines

      How do people imagine these important governmental services that protect the public will be provided?

      •  They don't (3+ / 0-)

        Most people simply accept that the good things they have, like roads, water, safe food, buildings that don't fall down or leak, are just part of the landscape. They don't think about thousands of boring government bureaucrats doing their boring jobs ensuring that those important government services are provided.

        I doubt many of them even think of those things as government services. All those things you mention are where government interacts with business (on behalf of the public, of course) rather than interacts with the public. In so far as any of those things are known by individual voters, it's generally in the context of their employment, when government inspections are an intrusion and interruption, and government regulations are burdens to be borne.

        Consider how many people think marriage is a religious ceremony, rather than a state license recognizing a relationship, similar to a business license or a corporate charter.

        "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

        by Orinoco on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 10:45:54 AM PDT

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