Unfortunately, far too often they do; Mark Day in The Tele reviews a report for the CIS on the ever burgeoning industry of nanny state intervention and supervision.
The author, Caspar Conde finds the prospect of busybody government far more perturbing than any of the social problems they seek to remedy, and I agree; name me one government program that has been successful. They have blown an absolute poultice on anti-smoking campaigns over the years, and the outcome? A descent into draconian and unenforceable legislation to try to force people to abandon a habit that while a little obnoxious and unhealthy, is legal.
Australia has gone from being a knockabout, self-reliant and self-sufficient society with a healthy disdain for officialdom to a dependant, whiny, grasping nation of self-important whingers, and it's all due to the action of every level of government. I am sickened and saddened by the parlous state we are in, and wonder how deep into dependancy we can sink before some slight inkling of pride surfaces.
Governement should mind its own business, stay out of business and be given the business end of a pineapple, rectally, bushy end first.
BTW- is this the best Reagan quote ever?
FORMER US president Ronald Reagan was only half right when he said "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help'."