The New Orleans disaster is a great example of why we need to downsize government.
The New Orleans government, The State government, and to a lesser extent The Federal government completely failed to have an effective disaster plan to deal with flooding in a City that was built below sea level.
We spend HUNDREDS of BILLIONS of dollars each year on various government programs.
The combined spending of all government entities in this country is about 40% of all money spent. You have to ask yourself, what are they spending our money on?