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Thread: Government spending well over half of national income-enough?

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    Default Government spending well over half of national income-enough?

    See bottom of page 9 for total government spending in 2011 and 2012 http://www.finance.gov.ie/documents/...anuary2013.pdf With Gross National Income of €128 billion in 2011 according to CSO statistics,government spending is well over half the economy,around 55% to 60%-a levitating public sector! By comparison,the biggest spending countries in Northern Europe,France and Sweden,are around 55% and other northern European advanced economies are around 45%. But unlike Ireland,they provide very generous state benefits-free health care,heavily subsidised day care,plentiful social housing,excellent public transport,free third level education and generous retirement benefits. That takes a lot of pressure off family budgets. This comparison is highly unfavourable to Irish governments which for at least a generation have obviously failed to get value for taxpayers' money.

    But to listen to many on the left of politics,the government is a cheapskate.Before demanding more spending,they should demand remedies for the poor record on value for money and delivery of promised services. The main remedy could be a constitutional change that would emphasise the Senate's role in long range strategic planning and holding the Dail to account for that.

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    Yet according to the resident Lefties we need more govt. spending; 50% isn't enough. We just need a little bit more and everything will be grand.

    They said that at 5%, 10%, 15%, 20%, 30%.....

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    Yep, and let's not forget that the Irish Government spends 140% of what it purloins in taxes.

    Down from 151% last year.


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    As Friedman said:

    "After the Berlin Wall came down, everyone agreed that socialism was a failure. The lesson the West took? We need more government spending!!!"

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    It is not often that I will give a "like" to the first four posts on a thread, but in this case I couldn't disagree with any of them.
    "If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy." - Thomas Jefferson

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