"The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates."
Publius Cornelius Tacitus (AD56 - AD311)
If anyone would know about the corrupt nature of a growing and ever-intrusive gubment, it would be a Roman Senator during the first 400 years AD.
Tacitus was the son of a Roman historian, who was a friend of the historian Pliny the Elder.
He married the daughter of a Roman general, loved hunting, became friends with the historian Pliny the Younger, and studied the machinations of gubment.
Eventually he became a Senator, and is generally recognized as one of the greatest Roman historians. His major works, Histories, Annals and Tacitus on Christ, are still studied and referenced today.
He witnessed the growth of what he called "bureaucracy," which created many offices or bureaus which all had special focuses. Of course, as they do today, these bureaucracies would increase in size and scope, and became more "important" and intrusive.
HE CORRELATED GUBMENT CORRUPTION WITH GUBMENT LEGISLATION.
Do we not see that today?
What bureaucracy does not grow? What bureaucracy does not become more "important" in the eyes of its officers? What bureaucracy does not become more intrusive in our lives, and makes our lives more difficult?
It is said that the "health" care bill, which came into existence through legislators employing every trick and extra-legal tactic they could to "pass" it, has, at its creation, 116 new bureaucracies!
What do you think will happen to each one of those!? They will do what ALL bureaucracies do - grow in size, grow in self-appointed "importance," and spawn other bureaucracies each with its own new life and path of existence.
AND, AS TACITUS STATES, EACH OF THESE WILL LEGISLATE MORE AND MORE AS IT BECOMES MORE CORRUPT.
If something, like the "health" care bill, is born in corruption, it has no choice but to employ corrupt tactics as it further legislates and seeks to control and regulate and impose its masters' wills on a populace which, right now anyway, is solidly opposed to it. The longer this opposed populace experiences the inefficiencies and ineptitude of this massive bureaucracy the more disaffected it will become.
What do you think will be the ultimate result of that? Think carefully.
Remember one of the complaints filed against King George as his bureaucracies sapped more and more individual freedoms from its "citizens," our colonist Founding Fathers, et al?
"He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance."
We learn from history that we learn nothing from history. And if we do not, it will doom us to repeat it.