Here is the reason government is so big...Nepotism. Nepotism on both sides of the isle is the reason government is too large. It is also the reason the unions are out of hand. You take a senator or representative from either party and they have made sure their relatives and friends have gotten government jobs. Now that they have the government job they join the union. So when the union goes to negotiate their contract they are negotiating with relatives and friends who will be generous in their dealings. This is how government unions have got out of hand. This has gone on for a long time and at every level of government. So now all these years later when the unions need to be reeled back in, people are screaming how the unions have ruined the US. It is not the union as much as it was the nepotism that have put us where we are. Nepotism is and was the problem, and the union was just the tool. The same can be said for some governement spending. You take a senator from anywhere, and he needs to keep a particular business in his district or state. The business makes toilet seats and is going out of business for some reason and the senator needs to save it. So he negotiates a deal so this business gets a government contract and is saved. He is the big hero in his state for saving jobs and the government ends up spending $100 for a single toilet seat. Even after all of that they tell us how Social security, medicaid / medicare, taxes and unions are the reasons we have to cut all of our social programs. We never hear how senators / representatives sacrifice, all we hear is how the public must cut back. What is wrong with us, the public, for letting the cuts start with us? The cuts need to start with them, and they need to know that. They need to start contributing to their own retirement, and health care. They need to have a pay freeze or cut. I think they have forgotten that they are the government also, and when they talk about smaller government that applies to them. The infuriating part is that, for all the talk, Democrats, Republicans are neither liberal or conservative, they are cronyists. Now the tea party people have been elected and are in the government, and have quickly showed their true colors. They talk against big government and widdling it down, yet they avail themselves of every government advantage they can get. "By their works we shall know them", I believe is how it is said.