A Government Challenge

  • coolarmydude

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    Jun 30, 2009 10:32 PM GMT
    Currently I'm taking two government courses, The Presidency & American Political Thought. My instructor is the same for both courses and he's an admitted Republican/Conservative. To his credit, he has said before that the GOP would do a lot better if it were to give up the abortion debate as it is a non-issue and if they were to be more accepting of gays. icon_eek.gif

    Anyways, he also teaches a Municipal Government class that I want to take. Last night in the American Political Thought class, he said that in all his classes, especially the Municipal Government, he challenges his students to bring to him a box containing something the government produces.

    So I've been thinking of that and thought of getting a piece of asphalt, a bottle of tap water and write a letter to him that not all things the government produces is necessarily tangible. A service, such as national defense, or a tax credit, for example, is intangible and has an intrinsic effect on the people.

    So I bring this up here so that I can get some more ideas/input in teaching my teacher a lesson.
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    Jun 30, 2009 11:13 PM GMT
    Interesting. Governments don't produce much of anything, in the traditional sense. Their main function is to govern. It's hard to classify roads as a "product". Same with parks, bridges, sidewalks, water and sewer, fire and police. These are all services that are funded with your tax dollars.

    But if you can fit one of these guys in a box, then that might make for an interesting show and tell. icon_lol.gif

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  • DuggerPDX

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    Jul 01, 2009 12:05 AM GMT
    maybe some red tape? Money would be a good one. Most things the government contracts with others to produce, but I believe they control the entire process of producing currency.
  • spinningguy

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    Jul 01, 2009 3:45 AM GMT
    Print out a copy of a law, that alone should fill a box if you pick the right one. Of course if you choose an environmental law it would be quite ironic that you would kill a tree while printing out the law that was written to protect that very tree.
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    Jul 01, 2009 4:00 AM GMT
    The fact that the government doesn't produce anything is a weak argument if he's attempting to make a case for smaller government. Even stuff like roads and military tech isn't produced by the government, the government simply buys it. The government isn't SUPPOSED to be producing anything. The problem with excessive government is that it takes what it doesn't produce from the people who produce it and give it to others who also didn't produce it, and in many cases it is ambiguous whether they have the right to do this.

    However, money would definitely be a good idea. As far as I know, the government directly controls most if not all of the production chain for currency (except the raw material production). However, if he is conservative, he probably doesn't like fiat currency, but at least you would have completed the assignment.
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    Jul 01, 2009 4:07 AM GMT
    However corny, you could bring in a copy of the constitution. Our government, namely those founders, produced an idea of governance for us to use and it has since become a product that we believe other countries should use.
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    Jul 01, 2009 4:26 AM GMT
    records and information! icon_biggrin.gif