The government doing nothing isn't everyone doing nothing. However, the government doing something often causes others to do nothing. For several reasons.
1. Government uses up resources others would otherwise have to do something.
2. People assume that if the government is doing it, they don't need to.
3. People worry that if they do something and the government doesn't approve, they may be prosecuted for doing something. --L. Reichard White, Wednesday, September 14, 2011 9:43 AM