In recent news, it seems that big time companies who are making millions are stepping up to the plate in order to actually provide a public good. For those of you who are not aware of what public good is, Bloomberg's article clarifies stating that a public good is a thing that a person can use without using it all up so another person can use as well, in short, goods that don't run out unlike food or cars. One example of a public good is a street or maybe sunlight. Just like you read in the title, Domino's has been making headlines where they are donating money to about 20 U.S. cities, for the use of fixing potholes and cracks in the roads. Along with Domino's is Salesforce who has donated $1.5 million dollars to take down homelessness in San Francisco and its CEO Marc Benioff has mentioned of even greater acts they will take in order to rid of homelessness for good. To add to the list, there is also Facebook who has mentioned they may be improving a bridge that goes across San Francisco Bay close to its offices. All that was mentioned above are public goods that the private sector, aka the big time companies are investing in. It seems that the government has not been pushing hard to improve upon those issues for its citizens and the companies because they rank in multi-millions can afford to just get it fixed. Of course, with the fixing of these issues, streets are better for the company's deliver vehicles, a cleaner city and more ethical one is made when homelessness is taken care of, and a bridge that allows for easier transportation for overall destinations.
The overall picture that this paints and it's a bit daunting to realize is just how much is the government doing for its citizens? There is credit to be given where its due, but in this case, the credit goes to the private sector. There is of course the theory that if government were more involved in providing public goods, then the private sector would not be as involved. The issue may not even be that the government refuses to address those issues, but what about its people? Does the nation's citizens know what they want and actually can agree upon what issues are important to actually pursue actions to improve our overall nation or is the issue that the people are so separate, so many different wants that the government can't accomplish grand things due to the peoples' lack of making consensus decisions.
As a restaurant owner, business owner, or entrepreneur, what do you think of this issue? Is the government lacking in providing the public goods we as citizens are in desperate need of or is it our fault as citizens because we don't all know what we really want so the government is unable to fulfill our needs.