"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."
Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)
Jefferson was always so prescient and foresightful! Ronald Reagan said very much the same thing, and before he became president. He also said, "The government does not solve problems, it subsidizes them."
If you want something to grow, subsidize it. If you want it to shrink, tax it.
As of 2008, the average salary of a government worker (I use the word "worker" intentionally) was $119,982 and that in private industry $59,909. You don't see a problem with that picture? Tax takers vs. taxpayers? John Galt? John? You here?