If you needed to find an example of government action designed to make citizenry cynical and disillusioned look no further than this story, from WFAA:
DALLAS — Dallas will keep $2,000 found by a teenager in a parking lot last February.
The money will go into the city’s general fund — not back to Plano high school student Ashley Donaldson, who found the cash in an envelope at the Pavillion Shopping Center in North Dallas.
This after being told she’d get it if nobody claimed it. I found this story on Hot Air, who described it as wall-punching material. They were correct.
So, how much is $2,000 to the city of Dallas? (Hint, their 2010-11 budget is $2,795,393,655 (it’s in the 2011 .pdf file) Two Billion with a B.) 2000/2795393655= 7.15×10-7, or, 0.000000715%
So, you can see they need the money. Certainly means more to the City of Dallas than a 15 year old girl.