The fight over "Smaller Government" Just what is meant by saying we need to have Smaller Government. Is it the cutting of programs? is it the elimination of departments? Is it the combining of departments? I want smaller government on all levels. By saying this I want to eliminate %50 of all government jobs at every level. After that if we don't have the man power to run the programs we have than we must eliminate those programs. What I mean by government jobs is... politicians, politicians aides and staff, political committees, police, teachers, firemen, and regulators / inspectors. I want smaller government which means that I need to define what I want government to do. I want government to provide a level playing field for everyone, I want government to protect my life and property with a fair and balanced justice system. I want government to create and maintain a sound and functioning infrastructure by employing private business to accomplish this. By doing these things the other stuff will take care of itself, i.e. taxes. What do you mean when you say you want smaller government?