If you want to understand how sinister government really is, just tune in to local city government in any city in America. As John stated, people don't ask their representatives how many laws they repealed. Every city council clamors to find more arcane rules and regulations to politic, egrandize, debate, and push into onto the unknowing public. Every rule requires regulation, every regulation requires regulators. Government deludes itself into thinking it "creates jobs." But the more rules, the more regulations, the more government, the more taxes, and the less money left to actually hire people into real jobs. When the government disincentivizes the private sector from creating wealth, then the result is obvious -- no wealth for anyone.