Category Archives: Taxes

There’s Nothing Inherently Good or Bad about Small or Big Government

For the latter part of the 20th century and all of this century, Americans have railed against the “evils of big government.” Barry Goldwater, the 1964 Republican nominee for President, was the first national politician to carry the torch for small government. Goldwater was a vocal opponent of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, rejected the New Deal, and advocated for

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Freedom To – And Freedom *From*

The concept of freedom is crucial to human flourishing, and is integral to the success of modern capitalist democracies. People often discuss freedom strictly in terms of what they are free “to” do. Free to ride a bike without a helmet. Free to criticize the government without fear of retribution. Free to love whomever you want. Free to shoot a

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The Case Against Big Government

The arguments for small government are obvious and common sensical to many Americans. Henry David Thoreau (not Jefferson, as is often erroneously thought) said pithily: “That government is best which governs least.” Resistance to larger government can be traced from America’s Founding Fathers all the way through to the avatar of modern conservatism, Ronald Reagan, who famously railed against big

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Just How Useless is the Government?

The British comedy troupe Monty Python famously skewered many subjects in their satirical movie The Life of Brian. One such subject was the attitude that government is useless. For far too long in America, the government has been depicted as an ineffectual organization. One where your taxes are wasted and our elected officials are uniformly corrupt and incompetent. The very

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Are Taxes Bloodsucking Parasites?

By Sean Callahan GoodGovernmentReader.com has many missions: We’re out to show that your taxes aren’t wasted, that government is widely effective, and that elected officials aren’t universally corrupt. We also like to remind people that part of the Constitution’s charter is to “promote the general welfare.” It’s right there in the preamble. Obviously, I’m a believer in the power of

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Government’s Indispensable Role in the Mobile Phone Industry’s Explosive Growth

This post was contributed by Michael Breen, an energy industry executive. You like your mobile phone, don’t you? In fact, many of you are probably reading this post on your smart phone. The amazing device you hold in your hand is equal parts phone, record player, newspaper, television, wallet, email tool and more, all wrapped up into a single astonishing

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Here Comes the Sun, Courtesy of the Federal Government

This guest post was contributed by Michael Breen, an energy industry executive. When it comes to the federal government, leadership comes in many forms. Government leaders can demonstrate that something is important to the country by passing laws. By giving a program an expanded budget. And, sometimes, simply by stating inspiring goals. The SunShot Initiative has been a leader in

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