If it were a business, this wouldn't be happening. It's a big difference between shareholders and taxpayers.
Not all aspects of government are suitable for being run "like a business," but some things (like "don't run it at a big loss year after year") should be.
"Hey, for every ten dollars, that's another hour that I have to be in the work place. That's an hour of my life. And my life is a very finite thing. I have only 'x' number of hours left before I'm dead. So how do I want to use these hours of my life? Do I want to use them just spending it on more crap and more stuff, or do I want to start getting a handle on it and using my life more intelligently?" -- Joe Dominguez (1938 - 1997)