People try to live within their income so they can afford to pay taxes to a government that can't live within its income.
Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.
No man is good enough to govern another man without the other's consent.