In an effort to save taxpayer dollars, states have been decreasing the number of beds in their psychiatric hospitals for decades.
Most administrations are subject to what political scientist Paul Light calls the “cycle of decreasing influence.”
At least then, America would have to confront escalating costs and decreasing growth.
late 14c., "detriment, harm;" early 15c. as "a becoming less or smaller," from Anglo-French decres; see decrease (v.).