Some things sound so good and right, as if they a nuggets of revealed truth. And yet, sometimes these same things are dangerously wrong because, while right sounding on their face, they are based upon a false premise.
If you want irresponsible politicians to spend less, you must give them less to spend.
— Irwin Schiff
The quote above, attributed to semi-famous tax protester Irwin Schiff, is an example of such a dangerously seductive false statement.
Politicians, irresponsible or not, are not given money to spend. They take it by fiat and force of arms. This is something that Mr. Schiff and his adherents learned the hard way.