Originally Posted by Josh
I agree that smoking is nasty and unhealthy but why does the government get to decide how much it should cost a person?
Because at the end of the day...isnt that their job?
At the end of the day, they have to manage the country as a whole. They cant do that without intelligence (the gathering of which you believe invades your privacy)
and without making rules (but you dont like being told what to do)
so that they can rule (even though you claim its the citizens that rule, we all know that aside from voting, the citizenry is a fickle mass and nothing would ever get done if they all had a say in the runnings of everything that Government does)
in order to allow you to be protected (again, you dont believe the Government should do this...and yet, you do expect them to help you in a natural disastor, and you do expect them to run emergency services, Armed forces, Law enforcement...and to stop great acts of terrorism)
A better question is...what do you think your government is there for? What is its purpose? to lead? To help? To enforce? to arbitrate? to do nothing? What do you expect from your government. Is it possible for them to do their job without in some way impinging on you?
Out Cultures are fundementally different...and if you ask a Brit those Questions and an American those questions, you get VERY different replies.