Big Government refers to a government that is excessively influential in the everyday lives of citizens, often due to its far-reaching agencies.
Ronald Reagan advocated a position that the government was too big, and smaller government would serve the people better in contrast to the left wing approach which has an emphasis on big government. Conservatism as well as Libertarianism believe in smaller, more effective, government.
Pat Buchanan wrote:
|“||The mammoth government we have today is a result of politicians rushing to solve "crises" by creating and empowering new federal agencies. ||”|
Examples of big government policies
- Gun control
- Federalized education
- Court-legislated anti-Christian morality (Roe v. Wade, etc.)
- Anti-homeschooling or -school choice
- Anti-religious liberty
Other claimed policies
Some people, such as liberals and libertarians, claim the following policies that they oppose to also be big government policies, while conservatives and Christians either view them in an entirely different category as necessary common sense moral guidelines, or point out that such complete bans do not actually exist, despite liberal claims:
- Banning marijuana
- Banning pornography
- Banning same-sex "marriage"
- Banning abortion, euthanasia, or assisted suicide
- Income redistribution
- Global warming
- Big government Welfare state leads to Nanny state, leads to Police state
- Liberal totalitarianism
- See Psalm 33:12, for example.