Former Yale University professor James Payne wrote a Cato Policy Analysis entitled “Budgeting in Neverland: Irrational Policymaking in the U.S. Congress and What Can Be Done about It.” In it, Payne details how appropriations hearings are pro-government spending echo chambers. Payne surveyed 14 hearings and found that “1,014 witnesses appeared to argue in favor of programs and only 7 spoke against them, an imbalance of 145 to 1.”
Imagine that.  Here is one of the fundamental problems that the country faces.  Government expands no matter what.  When was the last time we saw significant reduction in the size of government?  At least as an overall quality?  Sure we’ve gained economic liberty in some areas, but at what cost?  What year was it when Americans realized more freedom than ever before?