by Daniel Arthur J., July 6, 2014
There really isn’t a free ride in many market failures – just a short term gain with serious long term problems.
I was paid off by politicians and their financial supporters for years. They gave me tax cuts along with millions of other Americans. However, the debt still needed to be paid. It grew with every tax cut. It would now. Also, the shortage or rationing of government services was harming our nation’s infrastructure, environment and the economically less advantaged. I was paid off. Those short term tax rebates were intentional. They were designed to pacify the voter – to make me feel like everything was a-okay.
Things were not a-okay. They are not today. We need to pay our taxes to improve on what has been neglected and/or denigrated by the right wing, super free riders. It’s time to robustly improve our basic government goods and services. It’s time to make sure that all people are treated fairly and like they would like to be treated. It’s time to have real comfortable and safe housing communities for everyone, excellent transportation, an environment that is getting healthier at a faster and faster rate and healthcare for all that includes complete, holistic goods and services.
Market failures dominate our society, our nation and our world. Market failures poorly managed create super wealth for some and struggles for the rest. We need healthy markets. To be healthy markets need excellent regulatory conditions – not neglect. But, just like we need markets, we need government run by people that believe that it is not just important, but essential for our success. It’s time to help the economically less advantaged to increase their wealth much better and more securely than it has been. It’s time to make communities healthy all across this land. We can and should help others, too.
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The World Cup football tournament has been fascinating, but more than imperfect. While there are many talented and hard working athletes and officials involved, it has been much less than it could be. I have noticed that there are many other competitions and performances that are worthy of our attention. From gardening shows to horse cutting competitions to ballets and symphonies, there are many wonderful cultural activities to attend and/or lend my support. I am there.