I totally agree with you kdonnellon. People have been indoctinated into believing that government will create a utopia. Instead, that big sucking sound you hear coming from your wallet is the cost of all the bureaucracy that government has created. The money that the Big Brother government doles out for entitlements, grants, tax-abatements, and especially for all those who receive salaries, benefits, and perks because they work for the government does not come from "Obama's stash" -- it comes from the taxpayer. As Frederic Bastiat referred to it in his book 'The Law' -- "Legalized Plunder." The more government takes from the those who labor the less the taxpayer has to spend and generate revenue for private businesses, charity, and other venues that contribute towards helping the private sector stay whole and healthy.
"But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime." -- Frederic Bastiat