Comment 27935

By A Smith (anonymous) | Posted December 19, 2008 at 12:05:58

Mr.Meister, I have heard of people freezing to death, but I think that is more the fault of stupid government policies, than a lack of welfare money. If society was not bound by the charter of rights and freedoms, mentally challenged people who sleep and die in the cold could be forcibly brought to shelters, where they would stay until it was safe for them to leave. Furthermore, the fact that you mention these people, even though we currently have welfare programs, only weakens your argument for more government.

I now have a question for you, if you truly believe in smaller government, than how about linking government spending to the rate of inflation and population growth? By doing this, you will ensure that people keep the same government services they have today (in real dollar terms), but you allow the private sector to do the rest. When this happened in the early nineties, the economy grew much faster than it does today.

As I have said before, the numbers also show that increasing government social spending in the country is the best way to create hard economic conditions and ultimately hurt the very people you are intending to help. The Great Depression is a great example of this, when non military spending went from 8.59% of the economy to 16.42%, at the same time the U.S. economy shrank by approximately 25% in real dollar terms. Only when non military spending leveled off in 1933, did the economy start to grow again. Furthermore, after WWII, when government spending took up more than 10% of the economy (in the U.S. and to a lesser extent in Canada), the middle class was created. By allowing the government to waste people's money on missiles and fighter aircraft, government also provided the spark needed to make their life better. Since everything in life balances out, only when government is hard on the people does it actually help them.

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