Politicians only scare me when they're doing stuff.
For years after the '94 spanking, Congress was safely perseverating on the stains on Chubber's blue dress. That is, 'not doing stuff.'
The previous alternative had been Clinton's failed attempt to lurch the nation to the left with Nationalized Health Care (and his Stimuls Plan, and his/Gore's BTU Tax-- all of which he ran on in '92 as 'must haves' and all of which failed to pass.)
The immense relief exeperienced by American economies after the '94 spanking is what is known as 'The Miracle Clinton Economies' -- the last time American economies roared.
So, lots of folks must think like you(and I)do; politicians don't scare us when they aren't doing stuff, and we get on with the business of running the economies...
Bush/Obama have done the opposite after 9/11, have given us an activist, aggressive, largely inward facing federal government...and have achieved the opposite results.
Poliicians are 'doing stuff' these days...and the sad results show it.