Big Government refers to a government that is very 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. ||”|