General government incompetence has been on the rise for decades. No matter how enthusiastic you are about what can be done, I think you'll agree it's a bit of a bummer that so little does get done. Regulations are sprawling instead of tight, obvious, and helpful, and the cost of almost every project is probably a bit much for you – things that, by rights, ought to have 100x payoffs can have a surprisingly dubious claim on any payoff at all, compared to people just keeping track of things themselves in situations where they have that incentive.

Let's call a spade a spade: this is almost certainly caused by the hilariously overbroad and unfocused civilian component of the modern government. There's just way too many people trying to do way too much.

If you look at a chart of US government spending as a percent of the economy, it will likely track inversely with your intuition of how effective it's been since WW2. Exposing more and more of human effort to the lax and strangely complacent demands of government bureaucracy instead of the frequently-destructive forces of the market, has made them weak, and there's only so many people who can operate those organizations honestly and efficiently. They've been spread out over a massive system, and can't plug all the gaps.

When people talk about state capacity, they should acknowledge, if you do less, you can get higher quality people. And if almost half of everything in an economy is led by the incompetents in the White House recently, that can't possibly go well.