Three interrelated truths:
1. Absent occasional deliberate and meaningful checks, by their nature bureaucracies grow.
2. Absent occasional deliberate and meaningful checks, by their nature entitlements grow.
3. A government comprised in increasing share of entitlement programs administered by bureaucracies, overseen by politicians who lack the necessary will to implement occasional deliberate and meaningful checks, will inexorably outgrow available resources over time.
Europe, the United States, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts... All sit at different points on the continuum between the point where government bureaucracies and the programs they administer grow beyond the control of their supposed political overseers, and the inevitable subsequent point where the governing system must either resolve to pare back their growth or be consumed by them.
We do not have many more election cycles to squander on poor choices.
Am I wrong? Show me how.