Comment 116992

By AnjoMan (registered) | Posted March 13, 2016 at 01:06:53

oponents like Johnson present an interesting argument, but one that I don't find particularly convincing. We need to be clear about the goals of local recreation programming. One would think the goal would be to encourage physical activity, rather than being a type of redistribution program.

this argument falls on its face, in my opinion.lots of public facilities encourage physical activity that just wouldn't happen if it had to be done at a private facility where the user fees have to fully cover the cost of the facility - and we would lose out in terms of the health impacts of these barriers.

As soon as you make this argument about other services it falls apart, because almost anything the government does can be described in some way as a redistribution program. That's what public services are!

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