Originally Posted by Rojo
Is protecting us from terrorism a government responsibility? Is putting out fires a government responsibility? Is printing money? Is building highways?
And who decides these things?
Yep. Yep. Yep. And Yep.
As far as who decides them, I'm a big fan of simple, common sense tests.
Does it make more sense for the government or the individual to:
fight terrorism? I'd say the government.
provide basic social services such as police and fire protection? Again, I'd go with the government.
Same thing for printing a standardized currency and building roads.
As far as Social Security, I agree that for a variety of reasons it makes sense to have a system in place to prevent people who are down on their luck from being completely without an income. Again, the government is the best mechanism for establishing such a system, and I have no problem if some of my tax dollars go to such a program.
But too many people operate under the misguided notion that Social Security is a means for planning for a comfortable retirement. IMO, the burden of retirement planning falls on the individual. That's something that the individual can do better than the government can. Somehow, the word needs to get out to more people that there is a BIG difference between minimal baseline income provided by Social Security and an effective savings & investment plan for retirement.
If that means offering more incentives to save for retirement, or disincentives to simply count on Social Security, then I'm all for it.