"The government will offer subsidies to electric car buyers, though."
The government also gives subsidies to big oil, big agribusiness, cotton growers, etc. etc. We taxpayers subsidize so many things, we don't have a clue (that's the generalized we) of the extent of it all.
"But the government does not necessarily care what people want, they will try to force us to buy what they think is best for us."
Many businesses, and I'll include car companies in this, only minimally care what people want, they instead use marketing to convince us of what we want (since we're rather incapable of critical thought ourselves) and then sell that to us. Not all that much different than 'government' really.
"The so-called businessmen who gain riches by political pull or special favors are not businessmen but looters of the worse degree. Seeking influence is evil and those who seek power are the most immoral of all."
I thought you were a business supporter.... There are more lobbyists in Washington than there are politicians. Even small businesses group together to pay lobbyists to seek influence on capitol hill. Big businesses also group together and buy an army of lobbyists. These lobbyists often write the laws for the politicians. It's the way business is conducted in America. And you can't just blame this on politicians (though I have little regard for many of them myself).
"Unfortunately I have seen too many teachers become disillusioned and just give up on a system that is often driven by political agendas and crazy policies."
A huge problem in many schools today, both public and private, have to do with parents and economics of the home. A teacher can only do so much. Having been married to an exceptional teacher, I got to see first hand the constant struggles caused by a breakdown in parts of what I'd call the educational triad: teachers, students/parents, administrators. In this ever complex world, if the three legs aren't working together, it becomes that much more difficult for the educational system to operate as effectively as it can. And in this triad, in my experience, teachers are rarely the root of any problem.
From Rog: "The government is the biggest business of them all. And it can be manipulated because it is stacked with the dumbest offspring of the cleverest business families."
As a government employee, I'm growing a bit weary of this constant bashing of the faceless, nameless 'government.' Perhaps as tired as you seem to be, Nick, of people bashing the faceless, nameless businessman. If you mean politicians, say so. The servicemembers fighting and dying overseas are government employees. The FBI employees working tirelessly to prevent attacks throughout this country are government employees. For all their faults, I can mail a package today and have it arrive in California in two days for very little cost thanks to government employees. And a lot of important scientific advancement has come about because of government employees. The folks who risk their lives every day to catch criminals and put out fires and such are government employees.
Since I'm retired military, I've been a 'government employee' most of my life. I can tell you, from my personal experience, that government employees are some of the hardest working, ethical, caring workers you'll find anywhere. Many of them believe deeply in the work they do. I'm quite proud to be one of them, and quite proud to work with them.