seeing the world become a better place through the small efforts of many, the large efforts of some, and the heroic acts of a few
A mediocre public good is no excuse for using limited public funds to provide improvements that benefit only a few. For example, someone dissatisfied with the police in his/her area may hire a body guard or put in a home alarm. Even if the crime rate is high, neither the alarm nor the body guard should be paid for by tax funds in whole or in part, through a tax deduction--and the person is still responsible for taxes that pay the police. Another, unhappy with poor roads, may purchase a helicopter for travel. The helicopter is not to be paid for by tax funds--and the person must still pay taxes that go for road building and upkeep. A parent dissatisfied by the school his/her child attends may employ a tutor, buy educational software or send the child to a private school. Neither tutor, nor software, nor tuition should be paid for by tax funds--and the parent must still pay taxes for the educational system.
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