It is time to remind everyone of the economic toll that has been exacted by the growth of the regulatory-welfare state since the end of World War II:
Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis.
You will notice two things about the graph. First, the economy is cyclical, thanks in part to the actions of government (e.g., the low-interest, housing-bubble recession). Second, economic growth has declined from an annual rate of around 4 percent to an annual rate of about 2 percent, because of government.