What Services Should Our Government Provide?

by Mark Lovett on June 13, 2009

There has been much controversy surrounding the topic of what services our federal government should provide to its citizens. While the question has much international relevance, the poll in this post is directed toward those living in the United Sates.

With full realization that these topics are complex and don’t always lend themselves to a “yes or no” reply, the intent is to note which services the Federal government should be involved in, as opposed to letting State & City governments or individuals address them at a local level.

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Which Of These Services Should Our Government Provide?

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Patrick June 27, 2009 at 5:34 am

It makes sense that most people feel that the government should be using our tax dollars to protect us. That’s what the original purpose of our government was set up to do. I think that all of the services they provide are important in their own right, but it all depends on how effective the it is run. I get frustrated when I see money being wasted or the benefit from the organization is not worth what we are paying for.
.-= Patrick´s last blog ..Healthy, All Natural Pet Food =-.


Global Patriot June 27, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Your point about waste is one that hits home with all taxpayers. One of the toughest challenges for any administration is to increase efficiency, as those efforts tend to be stopped or changed severely at each administration change.


Steffan Antonas June 16, 2009 at 4:53 pm

I’m sure it’s just sampling error, but only 30 something percent of the people that have responded to your survey voted for FCC – Are you kidding me?
.-= Steffan Antonas´s last blog ..Getting The Most Out Of Your Lijit Wijit =-.


Global Patriot June 16, 2009 at 8:41 pm

That’s an interesting observation Steffan, as who would do it otherwise – regulate television, radio and telephone at the city or state level? That would create an interesting communication system.


Wan Qi Kim June 19, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Steffan, seems to me, just a guess… that people see the FCC as a “freedom of speech” impediment. NOT a communication enabler. Too bad for their PR


edward June 15, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Just a couple major paradigm changes of policy could solve most of our government’s deficit problems. Withdraw from all failed interventionist warfare and military offensives while concentrating on military defense technology within our own borders. Stop wasting trillions of taxpayers money on failed drug eradication programs or “warfare” and focus on controlling the users within our own borders…and I don’t mean incarcerate them all. Next…tort law reforms which is legally robbing our country’s GNP of almost 1/3 of our production. Put the pyramid right side up with individual rights and responsibility at the core of community instead of Statist solutions.
.-= edward´s last blog ..The Deadly Sins Of The Chrysler Bankruptcy =-.


Global Patriot June 16, 2009 at 8:43 pm

As individuals do more and take on responsibility the opportunity to reverse the pyramid becomes viable – it’s the ‘by the people’ we’re often missing theses days.


Renee Viterstedt June 14, 2009 at 9:46 pm

I’m all for more taxation to pay for the services but responsible government spending is needed; use the money to fix domestic problems before going to war. Make all government spending public knowledge. Or make all suppliers for the military government owned, that seems to be where all the money is going! As someone who is living in Sweden I see great strength in nationalized government services, it can be done.


Global Patriot June 15, 2009 at 7:07 am

The topic of responsible spending is a good one, as governments often do the right thing, yet don’t do it efficiently. The challenge is to inspire the same attitude that for-profit companies have to keep expenses low and productivity high.


Phil Butler June 14, 2009 at 9:01 am

Great post! I voted for everything except collecting taxes, they should get money from all the wars, space exploration, International games, CIA activity, and maybe, tax call the cars belching out smoke.

Seriously, a great thought provoking article. They do a bunch huh?



Global Patriot June 14, 2009 at 9:06 am

People often don’t realize how many services the federal government provides, and in my opinion, the only way to lower taxes is to reduce services, yet few are brave enough to specify what services they would cut – they simply want lower taxes, which does nothing more than increase the national debt.


Miguel de Luis June 13, 2009 at 11:29 pm

Hi Global Patriot, I’m here following Bud’s tweet. The thing is the details; how much money are you willing to spend? Who pays the burden? How do we distribute the expense?
.-= Miguel de Luis´s last blog ..Pequeños cambios a este blog =-.


Global Patriot June 14, 2009 at 8:21 am

This is a complex subject, and there is much debate as to what should be done at the federal level vs. local, or between government or private solutions. So while this survey can’t go that deep, I wanted to see, in a general sense, which services people thought should be provided at the national level.


Bud Hennekes June 13, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Very thought provoking post! Was interesting to think about.


Global Patriot June 14, 2009 at 8:52 am

As this is a key topic of debate in many countries, I was interested in what people felt strongest about, and weakest.


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