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United States Treasury has fallen below the minimum $150 billion cash balance. Which means if they don’t increase it within a few days the government’s free checking account will be charged a $5 monthly service fee

Tax breaks for millionaires will take care of the issue.  It’s just magic. The whole fiat economy system is magic. Or insanity. Probably insanity.

“In the past, failure to raise the debt limit in a timely manner has negatively impacted business and consumer confidence, financial markets, and the credit rating of the United States,” Secretary of Treasury, Jack Lew said.

If there is truly to be a positive symbiotic relationship between government and private sector, the private sector must be allowed to thrive so there is a solid and continuing basis for taxation.  A positive symbiotic relationship is often found in nature.  Consider one example:

Sea anemones (Calliactus spp) hitchhike on the back of hermit crabs, scoring a ride across the seabed and extending their tentacles to eat the crab’s leftovers. Crabs actively recruit these passengers. After poking an anemone with its pincers – causing it to release its grip from its current home – the crab holds it in place so the anemone can reattach to the crab’s own shell. In return, the anemones fend off hungry octopuses and other predators using their barbed tentacles. The crabs return the favour by driving away creatures that eat anemones, such as starfish and fireworms.

In that example, the symbiotes are stronger together, each taking care of something the other cannot do very well.  Neither actively takes from the other, however.  An example of this type of virtuous relationship would be a productive private sector which pays taxes for defense, roads, weights and measures, safety etc. from sales of goods produced using those very benefits provided by government.

Less helpful relationships exist.

African oxpeckers feed on the backs of zebra, elephants, hippopotamuses and other large African animals. Once thought to be friendly tick-eating helpers, they’re actually vampire birds, sucking blood out of open tick-wounds. This shows how the line between symbiotic assistant and parasite can be blurred. Oxpeckers do eat ticks as well, and some animals may be happy to sacrifice a bit of blood for this service. Oxpeckers may also be tolerated because they produce a hissing scream when startled – like a personal danger alarm.

A medium-sized government could be considered as falling into this category.  Sure, it may consume some of its’ host’s blood, but not a lot and it still provides a number of benefits.

At the other end of the continuum lies parasitism.  A parasite takes directly from an otherwise healthy host, sometimes with disease-inducing effects, sometimes stealing the host’s food and nutrition directly. Ticks and lampreys are examples of the former while tapeworms represent the latter.  Aggressive parasites sometimes grow until they kill the host, like the Strangler Fig.

So, tell me: what version of government sounds better for a society: one that works with its’ host so they both succeed or one that tries to consume a large part of its’ host?