Easier said than done.<quoted text>Please let me add that Jefferson said "A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have".
In more modern times Kennedy also said "..that we can not tax ourselves to prosperity" & Ron Reagan,'The government isn't the solution to the problem, the government IS the problem", & then Maggie Thatcher said, "Socialism only works until the government runs out of the peoples money". It seems to me that 'WE' have run out of other peoples money or we wouldn't be 16 TRILLION in debt.
We don't need to point the finger at any one president or any one congress, we need to point the finger at the voters. Especially the ones that forgot Kennedy's words that you have already posted; what the people can do for their country.
We need to quit F'ing it up and start sucking it up.
I often use my raccoon analogy to make the point.
You see a raccoon digging in your garbage, so you give him a nice hunk of roast beef. The raccoon dines in delight taking advantage of the gift you gave him. Now try to take that roast beef away from him and see what happens.
That's the way people are--especially when it comes to government goodies. Once you give that raccoon that roast beef, there is no taking it away without getting bit. Even the most conservative politicians realize this, and they don't dare to take away government goodies.
The exception to that was Welfare Reform created by Newt Gingrich. But the only reason he tackled that is because of the numerous complaints by voters who got sick of seeing people using welfare as a way of life.
We've seen this in the past. Democrats are born liars, so you have to watch what you say and do. If you are against the federal government forcing insurance companies to pay for birth control, the Democrats lie and call it a War on Women. Back in the 90's, the Republicans created block grants for states for welfare and the school lunch program. This took out a lot of government paper pushers, so the Democrats retaliated by saying Republicans want your children to starve. Medicare Reform? The Democrats said Republicans wanted old people to die.
When you deal with people as dishonest as the devil himself, you have to be very clever on what you say and do.