Just look at all the failed programs now in place. It certainly tells you what government should not be doing.
Let's see... almost 50% of the country in on social welfare and they are still poor. That is surely breaking class barriers!
Look at Greece, Spain, England, France, and the rest of the EU. All countries going broke and will lots of civil unrest. Problem is they ran of of people who work and pay taxes to support their welfare states.
History is a bitch. Even Rome fell when it's government strangled its people.
The English Sterling was the standard until they decided to provide free healthcare after WWII. In the 1970s the Sterling finally fell and the dollar became the standard.
Now the dollar is failing. Could it be the same mistakes all over again?
The bottom line is somebody has to pay for it and in a social state there is no one to pay. Because not even the hardcore socialist wants to work for nothing. After all he has to eat too.
The less government does the empowered is the citizen.