'mcrain' asked a question in the middle of another thread, and I thought it deserved it's own post... Here's my answer, what's yours? Lots of things. Reversed and slowed economic growth. More and more people on welfare/medicare/medicaid rolls. Fighting between 2-6 wars across the world (depending on how you count them) "Economic Stimulus" Troops stationed in thousands of bases around the world for apparently no reason. (Germany, Australia, to name a few) Baby-boomer generation reaching maturity, Social Security distribution system not designed for more payees than payers Lower incomes equals lower taxation revenue General attitudes of Americans of entitlement - that government should do anything and everything to help them with relatively less willingness to pay for such services. Tax cuts during war time. Welfare system not designed first-and-foremost to get people off of welfare via self-sufficiency. Complacency and ignorance of the populous Government bureaucracy/inefficiency Convoluted tax system results in unnecessary complexity and favortism of specific tax payers over others Prescription Drug Program No Child Left Behind Ever expanding role of federal government in every aspect of our lives. Larger government is generally less efficient. Can we undo those things? I don't think you want my answer on that, it's not very positive.