that punishes people who embrace personal responsibility and rewards those with no desire to work.
Well, to be honest neither of those are absolutes. However, I question the "common good" because you can't measure how many it locks into dependence on entitlement and how many future generations have been hindered from prospering. There are too many variables and too many factors that would have to analyzed to do it correctly.
So, to me, the only correct way to provide a common good when it comes to socio-economic entitlement (not infrastructure) is through charity, voluntarily given and voluntarily received.
I want to puke when it comes to picking winners and losers in the corporate/business environment as well. Just cut business/corporate taxes and provide incentive for good behavior. Adding pollution control? Awesome, you get to write that off for the next 10 years x the effectiveness of the control. No OSHA reportable incidents, kick ass.. you get to reduce your payroll tax by x % per employee (pulled that out my ass, not really based on anything). Other than that, let it ride.
Didn't get arrested this year? Boom, you get a reduction in your income tax. LOL.
This post was edited on 10/16 at 2:43 pm