Re: The Purpose of Government.
>>Isn't the purpose of a government to establish a framework for the society it governs, i.e. laws, rules?
And what is that if not a service?
>>Even if you accept the "services" argument, the best way for a government to provide those services appears to be to collect the cash (using its legal authority to levy taxes) and then go into the marketplace and buy those services from someone with a clue.
But those said same services charge the consumer as well... So why exactly do we need the government credit card involved again?
It's one thing to buy *goods* off the private sector, say instead of setting a government owned and opperated shipyard when it needs a new destroyer, rather they go to a private one and have their ship built there.
But it's completely another for an ongoing service.