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  •  Agree on first point. Disagree on second. (0+ / 0-)

    Yes, many segments of society have very few choices and that is bad.  But can government (by which I usually mean federal gov.) really help that much?

    I think government's role is in setting fair rules for markets, protect people from crime and then staying out of their way.  I have faith that this is the best way to help them help themselves.

    Also, re: gov responsiblity.  Whenever a new policy is proposed, the first thing a liber does is check to see if an existing policy caused the problem in the first place.  Like our current health care disaster which traces its roots back to WWII wage freezes.

    Results count for more than intentions do.

    by VA Classical Liberal on Sat Jul 26, 2008 at 04:02:26 PM PDT

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    •  To answer your first question (6+ / 0-)

      Absolutely yes it can.  It has a record a mile long of doing exactly that.

      http://governmentisgood.com

      And I don't see why libertarians make such a distinction between the state and federal governments.  There is no inherent difference between them.  State governments can trample freedoms and waste money too.  

      •  We distinguish between local, state and federal (1+ / 0-)
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        because the closer the level of regulation the more accountable the government is.  I've used the example of NCLB and the feds in education below.

        And yes, local government can still waste money and trample rights.  You're 100% right there.

        Libertarianism, like all political systems, is an ideal.  There's lots of break downs and messy spots between the ideal and reality.

        Results count for more than intentions do.

        by VA Classical Liberal on Sat Jul 26, 2008 at 05:18:50 PM PDT

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