Greed has always been around and we are no different in this respect than people in any other country. How this has affected governments has come to interest me. I've tended to be increasingly curious and have begun to question what I've learned about the Founding Fathers. Were all of these guys so brilliant, perfect, and without greed? I doubt it. In our carefully drawn government I find that political greed is especially noxious. Think about it. Certainly our taxes are not being spent the way the Founding Fathers intended. Why? Is Free Market Capitalism really the best way to go?
Our Federal Government is supposed to certain expenses important to all of the states. This would include expenses that are beyond the state's ability to handle - and all expenses that applied to another state or states. (I think of intrastate highways and bridges, intrastate power transmission lines, care and protection of rivers, and so forth).
The Federal Government is (I think?) specifically not to tax and spend unlimited amounts in general. But it does. Who grants that permission? Certainly all American cities should not pay expenses that apply only to individual states. Was this general concept wrong from the beginning?
2.During the years of the Eisenhower presidency it was decided that every taxpayer must pay farm subsidie, thereby controlling which crops a farmer could plant and grow. Why?
3. Paying some farmers NOT to grow certain specific crops. troubles me. Millions of human beings die for lack of food and water. NOT planting a crop when you could provide it to a needy people doesn't make sense. Why do we do this?
4. Artists and art itself are dubious money makers. In the days of cathedral building and before, powerful Royal Houses spent prolific money upon the arts. It was was more or less traditional in non-democratic nations. That age passed long ago. Now our Federal Government that provides grants and subsidies to the American art world. . Whoa! Who is deciding what our art and culture should be? As it stands, our citizens have little or no control. Why?
That's just four examples.
There are many more.
There are many more.