In light of recent comments here, worth noting this Ron Paul video as well:
"It's been many administrations, it's been both parties, but you even go back to the people. There is a high demand by the people to have entitlements, and then there are a lot of special interests that think we should be the policemen of the world."
"Get the American People to ask, What should the role of Government be? Should the role of our government be to be the policeman. Should it be there to tell us how to run our lives?"
"I don't think this is a budgetary crisis, the budget is the symptom of us not having a precise definition of what the role of government ought to be and the founders gave us the precise definition and that's in our Constitution and unfortunately, we don't follow it."