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All the anti-government rhetoric has made us forget just how much the government has done to...

All the anti-government rhetoric has made us forget just how much the government has done to improve our lives, MarketWatch's Rex Nutting writes. From the Golden Spike to, literally, the moon, he says much of what makes America great could never have been delivered solely through private enterprise.
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  • banyon
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    Slide/paragraph #3 from Rex Nutting is wildly inaccurate.


    "From the beginning of our nation, offering free and universal public education has been one of the most important functions of government."


    This is flat wrong. The FIRST public school did not exist until Boston @1820, and it was not even a widespread phenomenon until the turn of the 19th century when child labor laws began.


    This guy makes it sound like it's in the Bill of Rights. I strongly favor universal public education, but it is unfortunately ironic to botch the history so badly in a post about it.
    27 Sep 2011, 06:13 PM Reply Like
  • Poor Texan
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    Maybe he went to the public schools.
    27 Sep 2011, 06:17 PM Reply Like
  • Michael Stuart
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    @Poor Texan


    27 Sep 2011, 06:18 PM Reply Like
  • dividend_growth
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    Every good thing pushed to the extreme is bad, whether it's free market, tax cuts, balanced budget, keynesian economy, deficit spending, medicare, ownership society, stock repurchases, and many others.
    27 Sep 2011, 06:28 PM Reply Like
  • Losing Paper While Gaining ...
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    Going to the moon was a scientific achievement but was a waste of money. All the supposed benefits would likely have been found in other ways. It was nothing more than a political p1ssing match. Imagine how much better that money could have been spent.
    27 Sep 2011, 06:32 PM Reply Like
  • Zigg
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    Space wasn't about a political pissing contest - it was about securing space as defense against communist space assets
    27 Sep 2011, 11:00 PM Reply Like
  • Wyatt Junker
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    Government has stolen so much from the nation's collective wealth that I mourn for all the breakthroughs & innovations that were never able to come to market since they were starved of capital.


    We have flushed several trillion dollars down the Port-a-Potty ever since FDR, then later LBJ bullied their way into our lives. And prior to that, since 1913 and the income tax scandal and along with it the absconding of our nation's future investments on throwaways.


    The New Deal has been a farce. The Great Society has been a disaster. And Obamanomics is a soon to be scandal once it comes out what manner of shenanigans have been behind the scenes to push his agendas through. Most corrupt administration in our lifetimes. Once the media firewall of protection comes down, we will see. As it stands, I already know.


    Just think of all the prohibitions, regulations, threats of suit, etc. that have been heaped upon private citizens and their private property(businesses) which have in turn fed the endless do-nothing cubicle farm people at the Federal Alphabets. The blood drain is enormous. We are actively feeding the corruption of gigantic payroll non-necessities daily, every hour, minute and second.


    None of these entities are real nor do they do anything. They are parasites that live off the skin of the rest of us who do real things, make real earnings without the use of force.


    If there was no force, who would really pay taxes at all? No one. Because we all know the govt. doesn't do anything. They are layabouts with badges thinking very highly of themselves for being on the other side of the con. They've even convinced 38% of Americans that they are vital to our way of life. *chuckle*


    Public education? Really? REALLY?


    27 Sep 2011, 06:47 PM Reply Like
  • davidingeorgia
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    As they say, a government powerful enough to give you everything is powerful enough to take everything away.


    On a related note to this Nutting moron's utter ignorance...according to the governor of NC, maybe we ought to just ditch the silly democracy stuff altogether and let smart people - you know, like the current crop of Congress Critters - decide things without having to worry about getting re-elected. I wish I was kidding...

    27 Sep 2011, 08:30 PM Reply Like
  • TomasViewPoint
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    Stalin had 5 year plans to move the Soviet Union into the 20th century. It was all for the benefit of the country and the people supposedly. But goodby land ownership, freedom and hello to death and starvation.


    Government must take away freedom to enact anything because somebody has to pay for and give up their time for it. The question is how much freedom does one want to give up? Freedoms are lost inch by inch or people would revolt if they saw the big picture. That is where we are today in the US and now government wants to take a yard with Obama care and centralized government is best.
    27 Sep 2011, 08:47 PM Reply Like
  • The EconomicJoker
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    I never asked for ANY of it!
    27 Sep 2011, 09:19 PM Reply Like
  • Joel77
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    The article touts Social Security as an accomplishment. Social Security was poorly planned with terrible foresight, and is probably one of the largest failures of the 20th century (in the US).


    So this article is pretty correct. Failures like Social Security could never have happened without big government.
    27 Sep 2011, 09:41 PM Reply Like
  • davidingeorgia
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    It was an did one thing exactly as FDR hoped. That is, it created a whole big wad of citizens dependent on and beholding to the federal government. And, they've been adding new groups of "addicts" ever since.
    28 Sep 2011, 08:33 AM Reply Like
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