"In Nullification, Woods argues the federal government is like a runaway train and is now starting to enact legislation in areas which the Constitution specified."
"The budget of the federal government is like you borrowing $100,000 from a bank and declaring that loan as income on your 1040. You wouldn't do include this income on your personal return because overstating your income would cost you more in taxes. The government on the other hand has no disincentive to overstate its revenue. In fact, inflated revenue can be a trumpeted success."
"The Federal government is like an aircraft carrier: a huge, ponderous weapon that needs a whole lot of special conditions to operate efficiently. People who want everything Federalized do so because they want the "best" weapon trained on the problem. But biggest is not the same as best. Sometimes, an aircraft carrier is the only thing for the job. But often a tiny little cruise boat that can go farther and faster, and bug out when needed, is much better suited to the task at hand."
"By comparison, the federal government is like a family in deep financial trouble living a luxurious lifestyle. This irresponsible family is borrowing 40 cents of every dollar it spends, not just for major assets like a home, but also for daily expenses like food, clothing, movie tickets and golf games. Their debt always increases and is so great they will never pay it off in their lifetimes. A day of severe reckoning is ahead."
"When it comes to digital innovation, President Obama's top technology adviser says the federal government is like a Ford Mustang in need of roadside assistance."
"The Professional Services Council's forecast this year for the federal government is like an aging rock star contemplating a stage dive: optimistic, but cautious and wary too."
"Don't forget, Expand. The Federal Government is like sour dough or weeds, it continues to grow even when left unattended."
"The federal government is like a giant sedimentary rock. There are layers upon of layers of programs that have built up over time. In fact, there are so many of them-and there is so little coordination between them-that they work against each other. In effect, we penalize people for finding a job or getting a raise."
"The federal government is like an expensive middleman, subtracting a hefty administrative cost from whatever it sends back to the states."
"The federal government is like going to dinner with 250 million strangers. Rather than everyone paying his own way, a complex tangle of cross-subsidies"
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