If the state or country doesn't have enough money to pay for people to work, people stop showing up to work. Just like a private enterprise.
This is why cutting federal taxes has crippled state and local governments which used to depend on that money getting back to them.
That is why you are seeing increasing fees, tuitions at state colleges get jacked up, and taxes state and local going through the roof wherever they can be pushed through. You also don't see people being replaced when they retire, or leave for the private sector.
Now, this in this case, I have no problem with what this kid has done, as he has actually helped the government do their job better, cheaper, and for free. he probably saved us all a lot of money, because I bet it costs a heck of a lot more than the fee that is charged to serve up those pieces of paper.
In general I think folks need to stop thinking that the ... gubmint... has an infinite supply of money, and therefore it is ok to steal from them. It is not. If you don't like what they are doing, get together with some like minded folks and take over your congressional district. Run for office and try to fix the problems instead of complaining about them.