No man is good enough to govern another man without the other's consent.
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.