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The Business of Government

October 18, 2011
Rep. Ron Paul
10/17/2011

Amid the din of economic nonsense being bandied about since the collapse of the housing bubble and the steep ramping up of our national debt, there has been the persistent refrain that Washington should be run more like a business.  If only more business people were in charge to wield their business acumen, we would have this country in shape in no time.  But is that a good solution?

Businesses seek primarily to increase their revenues and profits.  Government revenue depends on taxes.  Government accumulates tax money by squeezing it out of people’s productive earnings with threats of audits, fines and imprisonment.  Our government already collects roughly $2.1 trillion annually from the productive taxpayers of America. We hardly need to increase our federal government’s revenues like a private business!

And now… the rest of the story. …..

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