Premiering on YouTube this week, the “Love Gov” video series from Independent Institute personifies the increasing folly, cost, and intrusiveness of big government in the lives of everyone, especially the young.

This 5-part video series depicts the federal government as an overbearing boyfriend—Scott “Gov” Govinsky—who foists his “good intentions” on a hapless, idealistic college student, Alexis.  Each episode follows Alexis’s relationship with “Gov” as his intrusions wreak comic havoc on her life, professionally, financially, and socially. Alexis’s loyal friend Libby tries to help her see “Gov” for what he really is—a menace. But will Alexis come to her senses in time? Tune in to find out!

We believe that Love Gov is a funny and compelling way to help anyone understand the federal government’s expanding reach into our lives. It’s a lighthearted approach to reach audiences on a personal level and inspire them to learn more and take action.

Watch the preview below:

Love Gov also connects viewers with the free MyGovCost mobile app, that enables anyone to estimate his or her lifetime federal tax liability and the assets that could have been accrued if the taxes were instead privately invested. The MyGovCost app also allows users to learn more about the federal government’s follies, with numerous articles and other resources—with more “helpful” commentary (and surprises!) from “Gov”.