“I thought he really cared for me,” laments Alexis after her recent break-up from Gov. “You know, the way he always told me, ‘Alexis… I really care for you.’”
Lying on the floor, surrounded by popcorn, wine glasses, and her best friend, Libby, she continues, “But in the end, he only cared for himself.”
Scott Govinsky, a.k.a. “Gov,” is the obnoxious, overbearing boyfriend in the Independent Institute’s hilarious new five-part video series, Love Gov, which highlights – well – the obnoxious, overbearing qualities of our government. (You can watch the trailer at the end of this article.)
The series tells the story of how Gov and Alexis began dating, despite the level-headed advice (ahem, warnings) from Libby.
During the first episode, “An Education in Debt,” Alexis and Gov meet for the first time. Gov notices Alexis plans to drop out of college to focus on her new business. “Plus,” she says, “I’m already fifteen grand in debt and I still have two more years to go.” Libby is supportive of her decision, noting that is “a better idea to focus on that, rather than going deeper into debt, getting a degree that won’t even help us get a job.” Nevertheless, Gov convinces Alexis not only to stay in college, but to rack up a massive amount of student loan debt to study abroad.
“You’re going to have a lifetime to pay off debt. A lifetime,” reassures Gov. “But your education opportunities are right now.”
The remainder of the series touches on other issues so many of us face including employment, healthcare, and buying a home – and how the government makes each of these much more complicated and expensive than they otherwise would be if the free market were allowed to do its job.
During the second episode, “Protection from Jobs,” Alexis graduates college. She then begins paying Libby for marketing services — just in time for Gov to step in to remind Alexis of all of the expensive regulations she must follow as a new employer. Of course, this is all to “protect” Libby. Alexis then realizes she cannot afford to hire Libby any longer. “Kinda sounds like you just ‘protected’ me out of a job!” replies an outraged, and newly unemployed, Libby.
In “A Remedy for Healthcare Choices,” to Alexis’s surprise, she can’t even escape Gov at her doctor’s office. “This seems… a little intrusive,” she worries. “If making sure you get the healthcare you deserve is intrusive,” he says, “then I will be constantly intrusive for the rest of your life and it will be impossible to get rid of me!”
Despite all of Gov’s red flags (and red tape), Alexis really believes he cares for her and is well-intended, so she decides to buy a home with him in the fourth episode, “House Poor.” When it comes time to get a loan, she is alerted to the fact she cannot afford one – because she is so deep into debt, thanks to Gov.
It took four episodes, but Alexis finally saw through Gov and breaks up with him in the fifth and final episode, “Keeping A Close Eye on Privacy.” But telling him it’s over doesn’t seem to end it.
“I can’t seem to get rid of him!” she tells Libby. “I’ve been doing all I can to avoid him but… I think he might be spying on me.” Indeed, he has been invading her emails, checking her phone records, standing outside of her house with a pair of binoculars, installing hidden cameras, and even stationing a drone outside of her window.
If you also believe that big government is “a black hole sucking everything into [its] singularity of awfulness,” I strongly recommend you set aside a half hour to watch Love Gov. After you’re done, you can download the Independent Institute’s new app, My Gov Cost. It is a unique app that allows you to discover things like how much income tax you’ll pay over your lifetime, your opportunity cost and share of government spending, and where your taxes will go this year. Trust me, when you see that, you too will be telling Gov you are never, ever, ever getting back together.