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Date Posted: 02:33:50 11/20/04 Sat
In reply to: Ed Harris (Venezia) 's message, "..." on 02:10:12 11/20/04 Sat
I think you have to achieve a balance with public services that ensures quality and fairness. In my view, the government should provide a safety-net for those who are less well-off in society but not pay for public services for those who are better off and encourage those people to provide for themselves. This would allow the government to substantially reduce taxes and give more people choice in their services, it would also help to eliminate the culture of dependency that can often be created.
My school education at a government school was completely paid for by the government, despite the fact my family could quite easily have paid for my education privately. The same is the case with my university degree (for which the government pays approximately 75%), it is ludicrous for the government to be contributing so heavily to university education when these people go on to earn more than others. the government providing free (or substantially free) services to everyone does not necessarily constitute fairness.
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