Government 1A Essay 5

Prompt: “If the state is strong enough to do something good for you, it can also do something bad to you.”


The government is originally set up by the people, and designed to help the people with a variety of things. It’s made to protect us (both from foreign invasion or domestic complications), and to serve us (by organizing businesses and nurturing the economy). But the cooperation between the civilians and the government is very complicated, and this can lead to dilemmas. For example, taxes. On one hand, taxes go to things we want or need in our everyday lives. On the other hand, taxes take money from one individual to give to another. And by doing that it removes that amount of money from the economy, it takes away the income that the individual would have used to buy or invest. Or how about something like the trust fund? People trust the state to pay for their retirement, but where does the state get the money to pay off these peoples retirements? Well it gets the money from people slightly younger than the retirees, and by doing this it denies those people their retirement. Or at best it makes them wait much longer to get it. The situation is delicate. Many feel like the state is stealing from them, but much of it goes to things those individuals use regularly. The one thing everyone seems to agree on is the system is broken, or if not broken than in need of a lot of improvement.

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