The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.
~ Cicero, 55 B.C.
HT: Maggie's Farm
Grouch: The problems caused by government have changed little over the centuries, which is why the founders sought to put severe restraints on governmental power and authority. Unfortunately, all politicians, whatever the party, seem to be extremely cleaver at gaming the system, spending other people's money folishly, and circumventing or altering the rules to ensure themselves and their cronies are more equal than everyone else.