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Facing the prospect of April 15 focuses the mind on what the government that does with those tax dollars.

One common view is that it doesn’t do much, except perhaps get in the way of the “free enterprise system.” Indeed, the Texas Board of Education has gotten  attention recently (for example, here and here) for its revisions of history teaching, including its insistence that textbooks celebrate free enterprise – a term members prefer to “capitalism” – for making America’s economic success.

If the board really wanted to be true to American history, however, it would modify the term to the “government-enterprise system,” because the American people, through their taxes, borrowing, handouts, laws, and regulations – that is, through their government – deserve at least half the credit along with “enterprise.”
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