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Which in your opinion benefits economy more?

Yarely
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9/14/2011 2:39:54 PM
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A large government taxing citizens for the benefit of the country, or a small government not taxing the citizens so that they can strengthen the economy individually?
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Tiel
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9/14/2011 4:59:09 PM
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At 9/14/2011 2:39:54 PM, Yarely wrote:
A large government taxing citizens for the benefit of the country, or a small government not taxing the citizens so that they can strengthen the economy individually?

A small government that flat taxes the citizens equally to provide funding for necessary services to all. (roads, bridges, public domain, government agencies, law enforcement, etc.)
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Sketchy
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9/14/2011 7:03:46 PM
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Small government, very little taxation. I like the idea of the FairTax (just retail tax). It just makes sense...you pay for what you buy, not what you earn.
seraine
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9/14/2011 7:20:31 PM
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At 9/14/2011 2:39:54 PM, Yarely wrote:
A large government taxing citizens for the benefit of the country, or a small government not taxing the citizens so that they can strengthen the economy individually?
Wnope
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9/14/2011 7:37:27 PM
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At 9/14/2011 7:03:46 PM, Sketchy wrote:
Small government, very little taxation. I like the idea of the FairTax (just retail tax). It just makes sense...you pay for what you buy, not what you earn.

So, if a poor person spends 90% of their income on taxable goods, while a rich person spends only 10% of their income on taxable goods and save the rest, you are for taxing 90% of the poor persons income and 10% of the rich persons income?
Ore_Ele
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9/14/2011 7:40:55 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 9/14/2011 2:39:54 PM, Yarely wrote:
A large government taxing citizens for the benefit of the country, or a small government not taxing the citizens so that they can strengthen the economy individually?

A false dichotomy, but I'll bite. A large government taxing citizens to benefit the country's economy, over the small government.
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Wnope
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9/14/2011 7:42:16 PM
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At 9/14/2011 2:39:54 PM, Yarely wrote:
A large government taxing citizens for the benefit of the country, or a small government not taxing the citizens so that they can strengthen the economy individually?

How big is the country and how is it structured? If you've got a billion people in a country with no individual states and little to no infrastructure, the government should probably raise enough taxes to build roads and fund other projects that have concentrated costs and extremely dispersed benefits (like a bridge). Preferably, the government contracts out to a private business, but that bridge building company has no interest unless there is some entity will to pay the amount needed to build the bridge (assume companies don't believe they can recoup their losses via tolls, only pay for yearly functioning and maintenance).
seraine
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9/14/2011 8:54:34 PM
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At 9/14/2011 7:40:55 PM, Ore_Ele wrote:
At 9/14/2011 2:39:54 PM, Yarely wrote:
A large government taxing citizens for the benefit of the country, or a small government not taxing the citizens so that they can strengthen the economy individually?

A false dichotomy, but I'll bite. A large government taxing citizens to benefit the country's economy, over the small government.

Why? Are you saying the govt is more efficient than the free market, or something else?
RoyLatham
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10/7/2011 1:28:58 PM
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Data from nationalization of oil industries and outsourcing of military support services suggests that government operates with about one-third the efficiency of private enterprise. One reason is that a bureaucracy favors rule-based procedures over timely judgment. Bureaucracy punishes failure rather than rewarding success, so inefficient pondering to avoid risk is encouraged. So if the government is responsible for growing corn, for example, one should expect about one-third of the corn produced for the money compared to independent farmers.
Ore_Ele
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10/7/2011 2:55:52 PM
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At 9/14/2011 8:54:34 PM, seraine wrote:
At 9/14/2011 7:40:55 PM, Ore_Ele wrote:
At 9/14/2011 2:39:54 PM, Yarely wrote:
A large government taxing citizens for the benefit of the country, or a small government not taxing the citizens so that they can strengthen the economy individually?

A false dichotomy, but I'll bite. A large government taxing citizens to benefit the country's economy, over the small government.

Why? Are you saying the govt is more efficient than the free market, or something else?

The government can be. Whether something is successful or not does not depend on "who" runs it, but "how" it is run. Since government can vary so radically, the "how" of government is not fixed.
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