I once heard Barney Frank quip something like this, “In all my years of public service, I’ve never gotten one complaint along the lines of ‘Please don’t plow my roads every day!’ or ‘The ambulance got here too fast!'”
People seem to get very upset when THEIR government services are cut; they are delighted, however to see “efficiencies” achieved elsewhere. For the most part, I think that people do not even realize how much service they get from government, from schools to parks to roads to the internet, etc.
Especially in these times of high unemployment, you’d think there would be an outcry for government at all levels to spend more money to create jobs. And, if we need higher taxes to support that, so be it; we’d all be better off!