Government and the Economy: Three Dialogues

One of the leading topics in American society today is the economy and the government's role in it; and there are very diverse views on that subject. For more than two years now the U.S. economy has been in a recession. Actions by the government to spur economic growth seem to have had a minimal effect. Many ask what should the government do to address this problem, others say the government has done enough, and more federal intervention can only lead to more problems.

The first subject was a white male, 44 years of age, who is a manager in a supermarket. The subject has a negative attitude toward unions and the amount of money spent by the government on pay and benefits for public union members. He stated that taxes were too high and his money should not be spent on "lazy...
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