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Timothy Johnson : What role should government play in an economy? / Clear, concise arguments and answers from leading thinkers / Eristical.com
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I would like to see the government play less of a role because when the government gets involved, it creates failures and discourages rather than encourages people to be entrepreneurs because of burdensome regulation and taxation. I think the government tries to be all things to all people and subsequently takes away individual rights under the auspice of uniform rights. The challenge, as individuals, is that we find ourselves working hard for those who choose not to work and yet enjoy the same benefits . So I think government has to be very clear about its responsibility to not create a dependency system and to allow for each individual to really utilize their skills and judgment because what was intended as a safety net has become a disincentive to work. One of the challenges we have today is that we're creating a system where people become more dependent upon the government versus relying upon themselves.

Entrepreneur and Chairman of The Frederick Douglass Foundation, Timothy Johnson