We have been working for five or six decades toward a “mess”. You can go state-by-state and see the trends all the way back to the 1960s. The problem is that we anchored so much of city, county, state and federal government to the economy...that any major changes will do damage to the economy...even when we are doing a positive thing (like cutting waste).
The other side of this is that if we simply saddled the public...all citizens...with a simple twelve-percent personal income tax and then said this is it.....no other funding unless you declare a war, and start a temporary tax on top of the situation at hand, then things would start to make sense.
The bottom line is...the more cash that is in residing in private hands...represents a more positive dynamic for the public (jobs, growth, etc).
Yep - I find it ironic, after watching the "liberal" college kids making such a fuss about not trusting the government and wanting it out of their lives. The same crew, now aging, are the ones that are just fine with total government control and consider the "benevolence" of the Feds to be a good thing. Kind of like a young chicken hating foxes because of the damage they do. Then when the chicken gets older, it decides that foxes are a good thing.