Which use of your dollar gives you the most value? The most bang for the buck? Lets discuss: Government: Most people pay between 25%-50% of their salary on taxes (local, county, state, sales, federal, etc). What do we get for it? Here it is: - Roads that are passable, in relatively ok shape, so we can drive. - Military protection: The US hasn't been invaded by a foreign nation since....well, ever. The Brits lost in 1776. Japan never attempted an invasion. - Police protection: You have somehwere near you, at all times 24/7, an armed cop willing to risk his life to protect yours anytime if you dial 911. As close to a personal bodyguard as one can get without paying for it. - Fire protection: If your home catches fire, a truck comes with brave men on it who will save your ass and try to save your house. - Schools- Some suck, some dont. But we have public schools that everyone has access to. - A social safety net: YES, it has issues and money trouble. But bottom line is....our people dont starve to death or have to fight wars for water. Our poor are fat for God's sake. I feel like...if Im being honest...that we taxpayers are getting a pretty good deal overall. 90% of us are getting back WAY MORE from the govt than we put into it. Now...we should fix the problems for sure. Private sector: For the sake of the length of this thread, I wont list every single thing the private sector provides. Basically everything thats not listed above. HOWEVER....there is one kick: They are FOR PROFIT. Meaning...whatever money you give them...you're getting LESS in return. Otherwise they'd go broke. I pay Comcast $75 a month. I dont get $75 worth of product in return. I pay Best Buy $60 for the new Madden NFL video game. That game did NOT cost Best Buy $60. So...basically, the private sector is built on the idea that people give them money, and they give them a product or service that is worth a little bit less than the money they gave, or a LOT less. Thats how profit works. And the government...provides 90% of people far more in return than they put in. Which may not be sustainable at all much longer, but is great for 90% of people. And the other 10%? Well, its payback for taking our money in the private sector and not returning teh same amount hahaha!