Butler Shaffer (in 2004)

The state has institutionalized irresponsibility. It consistently lives beyond its financial means, creating debts that can ultimately be resolved only through repudiation; is a betrayer of promises, thus helping to erode the sanctity of contracts upon which any creative society must depend; and maintains an almost pathological commitment to lying. In order to advance its interests – and of those who control its apparatuses – the state encourages us to demand immediate benefits that will only be paid for much later, and by others.