It's time for government to go back to first principles. Government exists by the consent of the governed. Government's purpose is to protect the life, liberty and property of the governed. When John Locke explained these ideas in 1687, they were new. When the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were written, everybody knew them and both documents included the principles. Today, both these ideas are either unknown or actively ignored.
It seems clear from the world wide dysfunction, bankruptcy and collapse, that government is trying to do too much.
The first step in any analysis is problem identification. In a governmental context that should mean consulting with the voters to see if they agree there is a problem. It should not mean a slick presentation of an expensive solution to a problem the voters don't think they have.
The reason voters are angry is that they aren't being consulted while their taxes are being wasted on boondoggles.
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