Response to “Government: too big to succeed”


Julian SwitalaâÄôs April 11 column, âÄúGovernment: too big to succeed,âÄù is filled with scant, spotty logic and radical ideological fantasies. He states that practically no government service is worth providing, and that for the ones worth providing, a private citizen would âÄúwillingly provide said serviceâÄù in the governmentâÄôs place.

Somehow in this ideological fantasy, private citizens would have more incentive to spend more of their own money on others to whom they have no relation if the government was not enforcing it through taxation.

He debates himself further in the piece, first presenting a list of services that should be provided by government (including roads, defense, education and mail) before saying in the next paragraph that most of these should not be provided.

The resulting world would be an anarchical society in which the profit motive to swindle everyone else for money with no incentive to behave in a responsible way to our fellow citizens would run rampant. He worries about our society decaying from the deficit, but the result of his proposals would be a system that would lose itself to chaos.

This system would have even weaker government than that under the Articles of Confederation, our countryâÄôs first, failed constitution that our founders realized gave the federal government too little power. We have seen a taste of this fantasy in our past, and it does not work.