Government fire departments take away the freedom of fire to destroy anything in its path.
Government police departments deprive criminals of the ability to freely break the law at every opportunity.
Government regulators limit the food industries freedom to sell us, spoiled, poisoned, infested and dangerous food stuffs.
The Postal Service severely limits the ability of package delivery companies to squeeze ten dollars out of you to deliver a document by providing that service for .44
Government controlled traffic signals deprive us of the right to drive through any damn intersection anytime we want.
Government mandates for the use of seatbelts rob us of the opportunity to be launched through our windshields in a front end collision.
Government restrictions on the operation of a motor vehicle while completely wasted totally limits our ability to carelessly slaughter our friends and neighbors.
Government regulations ruthlessly hinder the freedom of industry to pollute our shared air and water for the benefit of their profitability.
Government safety regulations callously block the ability of corporations to sacrifice the lives and limbs of their employees in the pursuit of money.
Seriously people, we have a society, the governments role is to protect those in the society. In the history of our society and our government it is much more likely that personal freedoms were restricted or infringed by powerful moneyed interests not the Federal Government. The history of government regulation almost never proves that we have too much… Mostly it is the lamentation after a tragedy, human or financial, that more effective and comprehensive regulation would have saved lives or livelihoods.
Can the government be ineffective? Sure. Can the government be wasteful? Absolutely. Is the government an evil institution bent on depriving Americans of their freedoms? Give me a fucking break.