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Deficit: Why Should I Care? by Marie Bussing-Burks

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Government-Provided Goods and Services

You are touched by services provided by the U.S. government on a daily basis. Did you send or receive a letter today through traditional mail? Then you used the services of the U.S. Post Office. Did you travel on a highway? Chances are you used the nation's federal road system. Did you take any prescription medicine? If so, the medicine you took is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Did you buy or sell stock? If you did, that transaction was monitored by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. One of the many roles of the U.S. government is to provide citizens with essential goods and services—usually the types of things average individuals are unable to provide for themselves. Providing ...

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