How much does it cost to have a government?
Peter Namtvedt provides a monetary calculation: "The Incredible Burden of Government."
But what are the moral costs of having a government? What will it cost our nation to have a government that makes it illegal to teach students in government-run schools that God says "Thou shalt not kill" and "Thou shalt not steal?" What are the moral costs of an institution that practices theft and murder to achieve its goals, and models itself as the pinnacle of compassion and public service?
The next generation will tell us.
A government that steals more than two-thirds of everything we earn is just a symptom of the moral costs.