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Tad DeHaven : What role should government play in an economy? / Clear, concise arguments and answers from leading thinkers / Eristical.com
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The problem with government is that anything it does necessarily comes at a cost. There's no such thing as a free lunch. The government can do nothing positive without also simultaneously doing something negative. Let's say that a factory was given a $500,000 grant which saved 500 jobs, that's what's seen, but what isn't so readily seen is what could have been created or what was lost in the private sector because the federal government borrowed or taxed that money out of the economy to create those jobs. The fundamental question is, "Who or what is better at fostering economic growth or job creation?" - the federal government and Joe Biden or the market and individuals making decisions on the basis of their own self interest? And I would side with the latter.

Writer and Cato Institute Budget Analyst, Tad DeHaven