Why do the people starve? It is because those at the top eat too much, and taxes are too high. This is why the people starve.
Why are the people difficult to lead? It is because those in authority are meddlesome in their affairs. This is why the people are difficult to lead.
Why are the people frivolous with their lives? It is because they are striving for a life that is too full. This is why the people are frivolous with their lives.
(from Tao Te Ching, verse 75, translation by Robert Brookes)