4) Claiming "government is the problem" is an easy way out - until you need something that private industry cannot provide. Would private industry have built the Panama Canal?
Probably not as it took government to overthrow the existing Panama via a US backed 'revolution' to get permission to 'lease' the land from Panama.
The transcontinental railroad?
That was under under a competitive process where two different groups one building westward and one eastward were paid by the mile of rail laid and given like 40 miles of land rights adjacent to the rails, and private industry put up all the capital. Today's government couldn't build such a project as it would be under serial court challenges that no companies would risk their capital.
The space program?
NASA has been found incapable of delivering commercially affordable and viable access to space and has been neutered and we are now seeing first signs of industrial capital entering the field.
The interstate highway system?
That was a good project when started six decades ago or so. But the federal government has long lost the ability to deliver such projects on time and on budget long ago.
'Government is the problem' is still a valid statement for much of what ails this country these days.
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.