Well, maybe not all the wrong places... but the US government has grown into something that it was never meant to be. The political system is corrupt. Maybe not so much that it can't be salvaged, but it's corrupt and it's inept. The situation gets worse every year and we keep electing people who don't know how to fix anything.
So, when you've got a corrupt institution being run by inept people, the people of the country are allowed to become more and more fucked up and dependent.
You're right: In the end, we're screwed either way.