Reading an article today by Eric Fry, and he gave this terrific simile:
The governments of the West have come to see themselves as a financial Army Corps of Engineers — overpowering the course of nature with brute force. They respond to short-term crises with powerful, overly engineered “solutions,” without ever really considering the long-term harm these solutions may produce. Sure, the river doesn’t flood when you transform every oxbow into a concrete storm drain. But diverting nutrient-rich silt away from farmland and into the sea is not exactly progress.
Nevertheless, governments throughout the West continue building their storm drains. They continue to divert essential nutrients away from the private sector and pour them into a bottomless sea of bankrupt governments and failing too-big-to-fail enterprises. In other words, the governments of the West continue to “do more,” when “less” would work just fine.
Friends, we have a century's worth of evidence that government at every level is a bumbling fool when it tries to do anything. It never solves problems, but only creates bigger problems, which it then tries to fix with even bigger "ideas" that will lead to even bigger failures. But the common thread through all of it is that taxpayers are expected to foot the bill for these ever-increasing failures without complaining.
Understand that I am not one of the anarcho-marxists currently "occupying" certain parks in several American cities. I know there is a certain amount of government that is necessary for the orderly operation of society. Vital records must be kept. Contracts must be enforced. Traffic must be regulated. Property rights must be upheld. Things of that nature. But the sort of cradle to grave handout mentality that stifles and ultimately chokes out the God-given creativity and dignity of humanity, not to mention taking every penny from everyone it can just to feed it's Jabba the Hut-like maw - it must be done away with. I pray that voters realize this in time, before those who don't particularly care for voting decide to do something about it.