The Role of Government in the Realms of Consumerism and Entrepreneurship

A Case for the Health, Safety, and Financial Risks and Rewards for the American Taxpayer

by Fred Bedell, EdD



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/12/2016

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 88
ISBN : 9781514493212
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 88
ISBN : 9781514493229
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 88
ISBN : 9781514493205

About the Book

I have always been interested in the role government plays in our daily lives. All too often, the government is characterized in a negative light as being too large, too intrusive in state and local activities and too regulatory in corporative initiatives. This book attempts to dispel these negative perceptions by offering specific examples regarding the health and safety of the American people, specifically in the areas of the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. In addition, we examine a little-known fact regarding the government’s (taxpayer’s) money in technological innovations where the private sector reaps the rewards with little financial returns for the taxpayer. That reinforces one of the themes of this book—the private sector is dependent on the public sector. In effect, it is a history lesson that needs attention.

About the Author

I grew up in Brooklyn, New York, during the 1940s and ’50s, got married, and moved to upstate New York. I became a teacher and worked in the White Plains Schools public school system during the 1950s and 1960s. During this period, I was elected to the post of deputy mayor of the Village of Ossining, New York. We then moved to Albany, New York, where I served as a public official in the New York State Division for Youth and the Department of Correctional Services, only to later return to White Plains as an assistant superintendent and then retired in that position. Oddly enough, during my retirement, I took a position as the director of the National Council on Disability in Washington, DC. I earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from New York University and a doctorate of education from the University of Massachusetts. I have three children and six grandchildren and live with my wife of fifty-nine years, Gail, in Arizona. For more information, visit my website at