Originally Posted by mudshark
There's a lot of rhetoric and political name-calling out there; these days much of it is related to the federal/state deficits and economical recovery. Government deficits are the result of revenue (taxes) being less than expenses (cost of government programs). Increasing revenue is wildly unpopular for obvious reasons, so cutting expenses is the talk of the day. What do you think is the core function(s) of the federal government, and what should be cut?
The primary purpose of any government is to develop and enforce standards the allow humans to live together with a minimum of violent disruption.
These standards form the framework of our society and allow multiple priorities and opinions to co-exist.
By its very nature and by necessity government is repressive.