“The purpose of the government is to enable the people of the nation to live in safety and happiness. Government exists for the interests of governed, not for the governors.” – Thomas Jefferson The idea of democracy and a resultant welfare state with inclusive growth has been romanticized in Pakistan for a very long time. The proponents of welfare state have been highlighting the role of government to stimulate a level playing field between have and have nots. Yet somewhere in the entire process of ensuring interests of the governed, a lot of expenditures incurred are found to be not meant for the governed at all. Let’s take a deeper look into the patterns of expenditures and also the efforts to curb unnecessary expenditures in the face of huge fiscal deficit – a permanent feature of Pakistan’s economy.