If government takes $100 from a business and then spends that $100 to buy product from that business, has the government done that business good by giving them a customer?
No because they would lose the profit from the product. They would be losing the profit that they would normally make.
Except that's not how it works. They take 100 from your business and 10 of your peers. They keep 300 for themselves, give 400 to a lobbyists/political donors business, fail to account for 400 and then borrow 200 to cover their pension costs.
Can you give a more concrete example?
They have to take $150 from a business to bring $100 back into the economy after they filter that money through the government bureaucracy machine.
Govt takes it anyway. So if they give it back, it just got recycled.
All that process did was lose the company whatever product the government "bought"
This is liberal logic I hear to justify taking more from businesses that does not make sense. They think if they take money from a business and keep it or give it to someone else that may spend it in the business thus creating a customer for them.
Well, they've helped reduce the inventory...
And wasted the time of the business that could be helping real customers.