Your entire point erodes away when we simply go... how about we have a good government.
I'm not saying government has all the answers.
It's a difference in philosophy and purpose.
I see government as a medium, as a tool, that, WE, THE PEOPLE, use to pool our resources together to achieve a certain goal, whether that is health care for our fellow citizens and ourselves, or education to make sure our kids are competitive in a global economy...
"Personal Responsibility" doesn't build schools.
"Personal Responsibility" doesn't make sure that there's busses so kids can reach their schools in the morning, and get home safely in the afternoon.
"Personal Responsibility" Doesn't make sure that teachers aren't rapists and pedophiles
Personal Responsibility makes sure that their kids are doing their homework, attending class and getting the encouragement and help that they need to achieve the goals set out for them.
THAT's personal responsibility.