You don’t reduce government size by making more people dependent on it. Look at all the brand new regulation bills that were passed under Obama, and all of the money given away in the stimulus package, which if accepted will have stipulations of it’s own that force government involvement in new areas, where they weren’t originally.
All you have to do is look at the total debt created under this President alone to come to this conclusion about the lefts ability to increase the size of Government. As one poster mentioned already republicans like having a big defense budget, which is the really what the Government should be doing, because the government has an obligation to protect it’s citizens. So, you can’t really blame them for that since that’s the 1 area where government is supposed to be big in.
Other programs like Medicare and Medicaid have been growing in size under multiple presidents, not because the republicans are trying to grow it, Republicans are actually trying to reform them and make them smaller, which the republicans are trying to do to save and reduce federal spending. However, you see the opposite with the left who just created a disaster massive new entitlement in Obamacare, who have extended who can qualify for Medicaid, and who have increased the amount of people on food stamps. By the way Obamacare dramatically increases the size of the IRS.
This isn’t even up for debate. I’m sorry.