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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-09-10 01:03 PM
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50. I certainly do NOT see this as all or nothing
I do believe that there is a level of government intrusion beyond which government should not tread. The best example I can think of is the imprisonment of hundreds of thousands of men for mere posession of drugs.

The problem with Reagan and his ilk is that they intruded only where it hurt ordinary people, yet they meticulously backed away from regulating corporate power in a way that would meaningfully help people. Worse, they systematically destroyed necessary regulations that were already in place -- Glass-Steagall being perhaps the most important example.

One issue where I seriously disagree with you is your statement that government should not provide services. The government is ours, and if the American people believe that government should provide services, then they should elect a government that will do that. Examples include Social Security, health care, our highway system, our prison system, education, and many more. You say that that will compromise government's role as "referee". But why should government's role be limited to that of referee? I would much rather have government provide us with health care than receive it from a for-profit corporation that (as history has shown) will make every effort to screw their clientelle in order to make profits.
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