The government toolbox contains but three tools.
I find three things apparent about this.
1. Mankind flourishes the most when the above implements are reduced to the smallest reasonable degree.
2. Not many problems lend themselves to effective solutions with the above implements.
3. When we cry "Please oh wise, powerful, and benevolent government, solve this problem which so vexes society" we, as a people, should not be surprised when the government shows up with guns, bureaucracy, and heaps of our money, ready to implement a plan that represents a patchwork sewn together by several hundred career politicians.