Mark Steyn lays out the case for non-interference of government in our lives very pointedly in the following statement:
Would it even be possible to hold the American revolution today? The Boston Tea Party? Imagine if George III had been able to sit in his palace across the ocean, look at the security-camera footage, press a button, and freeze the bank accounts of everyone there. Oh, well, we won’t be needing another revolt, will we? But the consequence of funding the metastasization of government through the confiscation of the fruits of the citizen’s labor is the remorseless shriveling of liberty.
The article (actually a book review) also has an extensive piece on the cost of building a bridge and who should pay for which is well worth reading.