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Reader Opinion: Can't justify growth

A Reader Opinion titled "Government Is Not The Problem" in the Jan. 22 edition of the Dispatch requires a response. It stated that the Republican presidential candidates are wrong in wanting smaller government. It then lists a number of things th...

A Reader Opinion titled "Government Is Not The Problem" in the Jan. 22 edition of the Dispatch requires a response.

It stated that the Republican presidential candidates are wrong in wanting smaller government. It then lists a number of things that government does such as funding research in computers, aircraft, the internet, etc. It does not list however the regulations, restrictions and requirements that government imposes on businesses that unnecessarily restrict companies from producing a profit. Profits are very important because it is the source of all the government's funds. Governments have no money of their own. It all comes from companies and from companies employees in the form of taxes.

When the government requires that companies must provide employee health care, for example, it reduces the amount of profit the company makes, which in turn reduces the amount of taxes a company pays, which in turn reduces the amount of research the government can fund. It's an example of killing the goose that lays the golden egg.

Some restrictions are necessary, but the size of government continues to grow. They feel they must justify their growth with new and onerous regulations and restrictions.

Joe Lanz

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