I was at my book club last night and we were discussing "Les Miserable" by Victor Hugo. Everyone seemed to have read a different adaptation, so we shared the interesting parts that had been taken out.
One of those things was when Jean Valjean said (I can't remember the exact quote) that it cost more to collect taxes when nobody had a job. When people have jobs, it's easier for them to pay their taxes, so it takes less effort to collect them.
That, I believe, is the way to improve the economy in our country. Start from the ground up. Instead of the government growing to try to keep everything under control, make it easier for people to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. Everyone will be happier. Money spreads better from the bottom up than from the top down.
Oh, and one more thing.