Please understand this: there is a whole business model where people denounce taxes and government, and then simultaneously make millions on government contracts. So, the question is never how much government should spend, because government will always spend a lot. The question is, who gets to participate in opportunities funded by us, the taxpayers, on government contracts? All other arguments are bullshit. Salon posted an excellent article on the types of businesses raking it in on our prison industrial complex – that deadly, dishonest, just-fucking-awful syndrome gripping our country, where we convince ourselves that “bad” people need to be locked up for our own safety. In reality, we are locking people up so we don’t have to face our system’s inadequacies, and so people can keep getting rich on the spigot of public cash.