A good friend of mine over on Facebook posted this today and I thought in the age of Obama and his drive toward a collectivist oligarchy, this is as an appropriate question as any. What follows is a post by one of his friends which together paint an awfully bleak picture of our current government. Thanks Dion.......
What is the function of the United States government? Not its purpose as set forth in our founding documents, but the function it actually performs today. When pondering such questions, I always follow the money. In other words, I look at the budget. In my opinion, the function of the United States government is to redistribute wealth from productive citizens to a recipient class comprising certain protected categories of persons and those not working, as evidenced by the two-thirds of the budget that is allocated to wealth transfers. This includes wealth created by fiat, which comprises over 40% of the budget, because productive citizens must ultimately bear the inflationary costs of such policies. What do you think the function is of our government?
This is the comment by Dion's friend Adi.....
Dion, you have nailed what the function IS. I hereby post what the function of the
government SHOULD be, with attribution to Milton Friedman
"Government has three primary functions. It should provide for military defense of the
nation. It should enforce contracts between individuals. It should protect citizens from
crimes against themselves or their property. When government-- in pursuit of good
intentions tries to rearrange the economy, legislate morality, or help special interests, the
cost come in inefficiency, lack of motivation, and loss of freedom. Government should be a
referee, not an active player."
Exit question: how many democrat voters have ever in their lifetimes asked, "What is the legitimate purpose and function of government, and how far has our current government deviated from that.?