Govern­ment’s role

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

The BP oil spill is not the great­est dis­as­ter in U.S. his­tory; the Dust Bowl was, and it was caused by the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try.

The govern­ment does not pro­vide ser­vices; it per­forms du­ties. Ser­vices are ren­dered in con­sid­er­a­tion of re­mu­ner­a­tion for prod­ucts or ser­vices ren­dered, but the govern­ment ex­tracts rev­enue ir­rel­e­vant of any con­sid­er­a­tion by the un­will­ing cit­i­zen. Ser­vices are ren­dered to cus­tomers. Du­ties are ren­dered to cit­i­zens whose la­bor is ex­tracted for the ex­e­cu­tion thereof.

I am not a cus­tomer of the U.S. nor of the state of Texas. I am a cit­i­zen. Govern­ment is not busi­ness. MArK Willett

Austin

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