What Good is Government?

November 22, 2011

As Republican presidential candidates call for the elimination of as many federal agencies as they can remember, former president Bill Clinton has weighed in with a defense of Uncle Sam in his new book, Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy (Alfred A. Knopf).

The book's third chapter is called Why We Need Government. Here's an excerpt:

I think the role of government is to give people the tools and create the conditions to make the most of our lives. Government should empower us to do things we need or want to do that we can only do together by pooling our resources and spending them in large enough amounts to achieve the desired objectives.Here's a list of what that covers today: 

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