Did you every observe when healthcare was 147 dollars a person just before medicare was instituted? It's now closing in on 9k per person. Did you observe education costs (and test scores) before the DOE was instituted? You are right, this is not just the demoncrats that have led us to this mess, progressives came in all shapes, sizes and political parties. In fact, I beleive it was a republican that took us off the gold standard. Biggest mistake we ever made. The bottom line is, everything the government touches gets screwed up. It's by design, that's no mystery.