To the editor:
While I agree wholeheartedly with Mark Acciard’s frustration with government at all levels, I have to challenge his notion that government is a drain on the economy. Quite the contrary: Without government spending, the economy as we know it would collapse.
Take for example agriculture, where great agri-businesses receive billions in federal dollars every year. Without that money, agriculture would collapse as it did in the Great Depression. What about the defense industry and the millions jobs it creates in every state of the union? Only government contracts keep those people employed and provide the profits to the corporations involved.
At the state level, highway construction dollars from the state support thousands of jobs and contribute to corporate profits. Locally, teachers, police and fire officers, and hundreds of other job categories are supported entirely by government funding.
Literally millions of Americans derive their income from government dollars, and most of our major corporations are dependent on government for their profits. That is hardly a drain.
Could government spend more wisely? Certainly. But to suggest that government is a drain on the economy is to imply that government makes no positive contribution to the economy, when in fact it is a significant driver of the economy, perhaps the most significant.