Congress - Promote the Public Good

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Congress has a responsibility to promote the public good. A pure public good is not exclusive: anyone can benefit from it, and someone using it does not take away from the  benefits anyone else can get from it. Public goods might not fit these qualifications exactly, but go along the same general  principle. For example, one person using of a road does reduce slightly the benefits another person might get from it, but  roads are still public goods. Public goods can’t be supplied by the private market adequately; so public goods are usually  produced by the government, such as roads, education and national defense. James Madison said that it is a “fundamental principle of republican Government, that the majority who rule in such  Governments are the safest Guardians both of public Good and of private rights. Religion, honor, a sense of the public 
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Unformatted text preview: good all the virtues a good republican might hope to see operate as restraints-seemed ineffective.” National security can be considered a global public good that the U.S. is supplying for the rest of the world. This is a complicated issue. During the cold war, some countries probably felt that the U.S. was protecting them. The U.S. did go to war to defend or liberate dozens of countries over the last century. However, more recently, many countries, even the countries the US has always been friendly with in Western Europe and the people who live there appear to believe that the way the US provides this security harms their security rather than enhancing it. US military strategy and actions are motivated mostly by U.S. security issues, and the alliances we make are mostly ones of convenience and opportunity....
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This note was uploaded on 08/18/2011 for the course POLITICAL 101 taught by Professor Johnson during the Spring '10 term at Keystone.

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