A lot has been written, particularly in the wake of Katrina, about the role of government and especially about the insidious habit of conservatives to undermine it from within, then use its shoddy inefficiency to blame the "government" and push to cut its funding.
And while I may sound wonky and whiny and others may sound too fiery, nobody matches the humorous eloquence of Lance Mannion. His most recent post on the topic of deliberate sabotage of the government by conservatives is just brilliant. I like especially the very end, a metaphor of the car:
If the Goverment is a car setting out to give every one a ride to work, then for 40 years the Republicans have been puncturing the tires, pouring sand in the gas tank, stealing the distributer cap, and, whenever they can get their hands on the wheel, driving it straight into the nearest ditch and then, pointing to the wreckage as the tow truck backs up to it, saying, See, this proves that people were meant to walk.
And they do this so that they don't have to chip in on gas.