What Should Be National?
That is, what businesses should be run by the government (or in some not for profit way) vs. what should be available for profit. The thread http://www.nicaliving.com/node/20172 started out about a specific nationalization that recently took place in Bolivia. It continues to be an interesting topic but, to move the concepts back to Nicaragua, I have created this thread.
Depending on who you ask and/or your political stripes, your opinion will differ. Some may even think it is not really which businesses but at what level or at what percentage of the economy/how much money. For example, Sweden collects an amazing amount of income from the people to use for the public good but it is a lot easier to see what that public good is than in, for example, the US. On the other hand, I see countries such as Nicaragua as being rather Libertarian where there is little money going into public programs.
For extra credit, where should this money for the public good come from? In countries such as Nicaragua (and Bolivia) there is little revenue from individuals as all so much of the economy is off the books. If we look at the current system in Nicaragua, we know that there are many businesses who don't collect sales tax (IVA) unless you need a receipt, a lot of cash and barter deals and even employment for cash. It is not clear how much net revenue could be increased by better enforcement. So, the question may be more where could the money come from than where should it come from.