Friday, September 14, 2007

Our government is a modern dinosaur

Man has evolved and progressed over centuries. The last few have been especially productive and never before have so many millions of individuals lived so well.

Government is not to thank for this. Don't let our politicians claim any credit for our wealth, our economy, our prosperity, science, medicine, education, space exploration, air travel, fertility, population growth, culture, arts, sports or entertainment.

ALS has a post that makes me yearn for the good old days of 1901. Not in terms of all of the items mentioned above. But in terms of the size of government. People were free to own property, to earn income, to enjoy liberty, and to keep what was rightfully theirs.

Back in 1901…

Back in 1901 there was only one Commonwealth public servant - Sir Robert Garran.

Back in 1901 the bulk of revenue was spent on schools and hospitals, but there were few, if any, government welfare/social security programs.

Back in 1901 the States had responsibility for income tax.

Back in 1901 not all States actually implemented an income tax, even though they had this power.

Back in 1901 the size of the public service (Federal & State) was a fraction of its size today.

When I get the time I intend to do more research on Australia in 1901…