Mr. Stossel Goes to Washington

Patrick Gibbons

When our country was founded, the average American paid roughly $20 in today’s dollars to the federal government. Now, particularly on tax day, Americans are aware we pay much more than that. In fact, it now takes us four to five months to earn enough just to pay our taxes. As the government takes more of our money, it expands and creates new programs. The programs inevitably fail to produce results, but they continue to grow.

With no competition, little accountability, and no incentive to provide a high-quality service at a reasonable cost, government programs become more and more costly over time. That means higher taxes.

Watch this 20/20 special from 1999 titled “Mr. Stossel Goes to Washington.” In this three-part segment you’ll be reminded why government is not the solution to our problems.

Part II

Part III