It’s what Thomas Jefferson said a while ago:
If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.
If the people become happy, though, they—we—would have little need for so large a government. And that would put a lot of bureaucrats, and most importantly, politicians out of business.
That is what today’s Progressive-Democrats and too many establishment Republicans fear, even above fearing failing our nation—being unnecessary.