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Reason to be thankful for government

Thanks to Government we have ...

  • Seat belts
  • Trade Laws
  • Courts
  • Police
  • Disaster relief
  • The microchip
  • The Internet
  • Safe toys
  • No child labor
  • Centers for Disease Control & Safety
  • The National Institute of Health
  • Numerous medical discoveries and cures (source)
  • Potable water
  • Auto emission standards
  • Gas mileage standards
  • Childhood immunization
  • Snow removal
  • 40 hour work week
  • Medicare
  • Social Security
  • National Science Foundation
  • The FBI (to catch all sorts of criminals)
  • GPS
  • Parks
  • Contract Law
  • Public roads
  • Playgrounds
  • Anti-trust laws
  • Public universities
  • Public schools
  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • The FDA (to keep our food & drugs safe)
  • Satellites

See 102 things not to do if you hate taxes.

See A Day in Your Life, which describes hour by hour how government services and resereach bring benefits to your life, and see Government's Forgotten Achievements.

In The Truth about the Drug Companies, a former Editor in Chief of the New England Journal of Medicine writes of the drug industry, "Instead of being an engine of innovation, it is a vast marketing machine. Instead of being a free market success story, it lives off government-funded research and monopoly rights." See also The Horrifying Hidden Story Behind Drug Company Profits.

"After a 20-year career as a corporate public relations executive, Wendell left his job as head of communications for one of the nation's largest health insurers and became a vocal critic of insurance company abuses." (Wendell Potter). See also 15 Executives Who Get Paid Millions To Deny You Health Care Coverage.

Atul Gawande, Associate Professor at Harvard School of Public Health, reports on the extraordinary success of U.S.D.A's government-sponsored agricultural research in the early 20th century. "The results were beyond what anyone could have imagined. Productivity went up, outpacing that of other Western countries. Prices fell by a half." But in 1927, "Republicans, prompted by aggrieved New York speculators, managed to prohibit the U.S.D.A. from releasing the [crop] forecasts; the program was reinstituted three years later, following an on outcry from farmers.

According to Medicare's office of Inspector General, every dollar of law enforcement applied to reducing Medicare fraud will save $17 of theft (source).

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