In a system inhabited by egotists that are unwilling to pay their fair share of taxes while demanding government services the government has no choice but to get bigger to satisfy those demands.
Now, if some neighborhood help campaign could show that they got their people off food stamps by their own initiative I might buy into that idea. Just don't hold your breath while looking for it.
Egotists? Coming from you, that's a mouthful. The people demanding the most government services and demanding the mst in general are the ones who pay next to nothing in taxes. The fair share drivel has really worn thin on most people. Go ahead and raise taxes to whatever you think is fair. When the government still fails in efficient spending then what would you say? They can take all of our money and still solve no problems except maybe their own.