I enjoyed this article by Ben Eltham on government spending.
It’s easy to decry the money that goes to government bodies, but largely public sector funds go toward supporting those public services which could not survive on private terms. Welfare is never gonna be a money-spinner. Nor is health. Nor is education.
We’re lucky to live in a country that values those things enough to “waste” money on them.
It would be sad to ever see Australia’s health care system become like that in the US, just because governments think they can win votes by trimming their budgets and delivering tax cuts.
I’m always amazed by people who think there is no need for a public health system, or unemployment benefits, sickness benefits, etc. Amazed not just because they don’t care about people other than themselves, but also because they are *so confident* that they will never have the bad luck to be in the situation where they will need that support.
What must it be like to be so convinced of your own luckiness?