Originally Posted by DuffMan
Here's the missed point:
Business and the citizenry benefit from infrastructure (roads, fire departments, police, military, schools, etc...).
That infrastructure was financed by taxes - taxes largely paid by businesses and the wealthy.
Or, in other words, business success financed the infrastructure, not the other way around. That's why you don't see quality infrastructure in Somalia, Zaire, Haiti, or the Congo.
And continued business success finances the upkeep and replacement / expansion / upgrading of that infrastructure.
The creation of capital drives the development of society - not the other way around.
And with that, look at how advanced Michigan, or better yet Metro Detroit became from the success of the auto companies. Is it coincidence that Woodward ave was the first divided hwy in the United States or that the Davison Freeway was the first Freeway? And as much as I can't stand the lib's in Hollywood, did all those superstars make it big from the government? How about the sports stars? (remember the recent thread about elite athletes?) I don't think so.
I get that we all advance from those before us. No different than my dad teaching me what he learned so I didn't have to learn it for myself. There have been some great statements (that I won't take the time to quote) in this thread about the fact that the taxpayers built the country, not the government.