What this Progressive wants of his government.
I want a government that will help those in need that are not being helped by the capitalists. Capitalists give more thought to the gold in their pockets than that of their fellow man.
I see government as the structure of our society. Society says it wants certain things; like infrastructure. Will your neighborhood build the street in front of your house? How about the sewer and water systems? Who fixes the potholes? Who ensures that the bridges don't collapse?
What entity establishes the minimum requirements to become a police officer or a firefighter or a pilot or a doctor, plumber, electrician, etc? What entity establishes the limits of industry in its safety?
Industries are like racehorses. And, as with racehorses, industries require control. The racehorse is controlled with a bridle and industry is controlled with regulations. Control of both must be sensible and firm; it is not meant to hold back but rather to achieve the maximum performance that is achievable.
Progressives don't want the government to own anything; they want the government to protect us from the abuses heaped on us by uncontrolled capitalism. Capitalist say that "Market Forces" will protect the people from these abuses. Well...that is exactly what they want us to believe. By their previous actions, these capitalist have lately proven their lies. But they still got richer and made most of the rest of us poorer.
Two classic examples of industry needing a bridle are the latest failures by the financial and oil industries. The greed of these two caused, one, the financial collapse and the worst human caused environmental disaster in modern times. If both industries were controlled, as they should have been, these two events would probably not have happened.
And now we have the financial industry writing the financial reform bill that looks as though will pass. They will reform themselves!?!
The other entity that needs sensible and firm control is our government itself. When they water down good legislation to get the votes to pass and this watered down legislation is no better than the status quo; one must ask, whom do Congress represent? They do not represent the citizens; rather, they represent the power of money!