Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else."
- Frédéric Bastiat
Even back in 1850, Bastiat did a masterful job of explaining "legal plunder" but try and explain it to your average American (or a liberal) and watch their eyes gloss over.
Also, I had someone tell me the other day that if we went back to Clinton-era federal spending we might still have been downgraded by S&P. Laughable and unreal.