Are we depending too much on the government?

United States
May 3, 2008 10:01am CST
Gas prices are going higher. Food prices will follow. Some people are talking about a gas tax 'holiday'. I just wonder: are we depending too much on the government to take care of what we should be doing? Money for roads, taxes wasted, government substidies, food stamps, retirement/social security.... what do you think?
4 responses
@taface412 (3175)
• United States
3 May 08
For one thing we already do, as a tax paying citizen you are paying for these things. It's just when our government gives a tax break to people who were not born in the US over a natural born citizen is where I think the most damage is done to our economy and people. Because someone has to pay those bills. Don't get me wrong I am not a supporter of putting up fences, after all that is what the US a melting pot. It's just why are we outsourcing our jobs, bringing foreign companies in while shutting down American companies, and allowing others from other countries a break with starting a business. ALl at the same time we offer welfare (food stamps, etc) to AMericans but teach them not to better themselves by finding a job because the moment you start work they cut off the aid. It seems like we are creating our own problems here and then when it all hits the fan we want to put up a fence. What if the Native Americans did that centuries ago?
• United States
3 May 08
I hear you about giving money and tax breaks to those who are not Americans. But may I challenge the idea of the fence? I agree with the idea of a melting pot concept America is famous for. There are many cultures who live within the United States. The twist is: those people are here legally and got here through legal terms. The idea behind the fence (and, I believe should be added: National Guard patrols) is to keep out illegal people. When these illegal people take and take and take...that is when the strains of a local, state or national economy is strained. As far as Native Americans are concerned, the land was taken for them. They were here and they were removed just like thousands of other cultures were. Should they be allowed to get it back? No. Consider it 'progress' (some poeple may call it that) or even a war prize. The difference is some Native American tribes are doing very well for thier poeple via casios and other services. They thought out of the box and made their lives better while providing for others. Other cultures...not so much. I would love to hear your opinion on this. :-)
@taface412 (3175)
• United States
3 May 08
Well, as far as the fence part of discussion I was referring to many people's views on immigrants. There are many people who believe immigrants should not be allowed in and some refer to the "fence" in those terms. I on the other hand do believe anyone who wants to enter this country has a right, as long as they follow proper procedures on it. (But then again I am a bit idealistic when it comes to right and wrong--and I can't even lie haha) And on the Native Americans I am nt so sure if I call it bettering themselves for losing their land. I understand the casinos and such and I do not believe there shoudl be compensention years later, it's just we need to look at our past and learn from our progress as people. I am curious as to your thoughts about outsourcing American jobs. Some people believe it does not exist. What do you think?
• United States
10 May 08
Outsourcing? Hmm. I am a big fan of economics and love to watch how businesses work, the stock market, etc. The idea of a system of economics, in my experience, is a a matter of demand and supply. Business have to make money, the very reason why they are in business. When factors get to the point where they can no longer make money or can make money in a different way there is a choice to be made. There is also a political factor which involves relationships, taxes and other factors. The world is a big place and if business can make more money involving other countries do they really have a choice espcially when the country they are in is experiencing a economic down turn? The idea of outsourcing, to me is a natural form of doing business. The idea that we, as indiviuals, cry about it is so funny! There are plenty of opportunities out there..we just have to get up and get it! There is no recession just people making wrong indivual choices with their time and money! What is your views on outsourcing?
• United States
10 May 08
I don't depend on government, but I'm tied to them. Since we're a nation of laws we have to abide by them. Food, gas, you forgot about education, are all controlled by government unfortunately. The problem is this, if you don't work in the circles of government, you won't be able to get anything done. They have their own schedule, the private sector isn't allowed into their meetings, even though we elected half those boobs to office. Term limits is one idea that hasn't burned bright enough, do your four years and give someone else a chance. Most of the programs are steeped in tradition, the tradition is that you don't mess with tradition. If a light was ever shinned on what they really do with my money they (lawyers who don't work for the government) would be handing out inditements like flyers for a rave party.
• United States
10 May 08
It is a matter of not only seeing the cockroaches scatter when the lights come on (what does the government do when we are not looking!) but is there a point when people MUST step away from government. Case in point: the mortgage problems. Many people lost their homes due to the mortgage situation. Hmm. Would there be such a situation with the houseing market if people would have create a budget prior to closing the deal on the house? Here comes the government to the rescue. The recent checks to every American: Hmm, would we need the cash if people would learn how to save instead of spend? How many companies has the government bailed out. The trick behind a capitalistic society is money and business. If the business doesn't work it doesn't make money and it closes. New ones open up. With a government backing up everyone with a blank check book there is no need to take a risk. Sounds like a communist government situation to me!
@plumwish07 (4059)
• Indonesia
4 May 08
thats hard to say no in this matter since we live in a country and a country ruled by a government so it means either we like or not, we depend on the government to overcome this situation. there is no other choice for this matter dear friend, i am really curious to know if you have another opinion about this one
@Shawchert (1040)
• United States
3 May 08
We are but what choice do we have? It's not like we can just stand up to the government that we created ourselves and say we should do it alone, the thing is it will go right back to the way it is now. That and many people don't care about the government making their descisions and such for them because that's how they've lived all their lives, I sadly am one of the sheep in the flock following the herder, there's not much I can do without some fed person coming to my door saying i did a boo boo.