America's leadership has evolved into a near tyrannical monster. With respect to the purse, our leaders wield great power, throwing cash everywhere as it funds projects and excites private contractors almost to the level of an orgasm. But the money is not there; the federal government is broke, in debt, and in a state of finances that would put private entities (individuals, families, and companies) into bankruptcy. The national state rules with the power of the purse with money it has stolen from you and I and borrowed from organizations (such as nations) who may cause trouble about the debt later.
In its arrogance emanating from its powerful position, the government (including some of the opposition party members) dares to ask such things as the reduction of retirement benefits (which were paid for) from retirees, though the debit in the retirement system is caused by the federal government's borrowing from it for other projects and benefit programs, some less deserving and not paid into by recipients.
Yes, the government gets things done through force: the risk expressed or just implied that they will arrest you, imprison you, take your home or business, confiscate your wealth or other resources, hurt your family, take away whatever government funded benefits you receive, perhaps in some way torture you, or find a way to get away with legally (or otherwise) killing you. The government does get things done, the good we all want and a few other things that we couldn't care less about. It does so through the implied threat of force that everyone knows is always present in the misty wings just off stage. The one thing it was supposed to avoid in its mission, has become its greatest skill and feature.