Understand that I'm not mad at you, Sinbadsailorman, as I wirte this: But it never ceases to amaze me how we are always asking this question about government (the one institution that is potentially open to change by the people for the betterment of all) as opposed to asking this about the corporate structure, where the real seat of power, in many ways, seems to be.
This shows the power of the corporate world, to my way of thinking. Whenever there is a problem, what do we do? We send blame downwards. We ask things like: Are the auto unions being "unreasonable?" Are those auto workers making too much money? Are public school teachers making too much money?
I don't recall ever seeing the teacher bashing that's going on, so bad as it is today! And how much of what we perceive as a "bloated" government really the accretions of private power a la the privatization of everything like the military (i.e., Blackwater).
There's a very good book about the nature of the power structure in the United States I would recommend to you called "Who Rules America?" by the sociologist G. William Domhoff.
Alright, I'll leave it there. Sorry to rant.