Those of you who are concerned that government has grown too small or those of you who are concerned that government has grown too large (do you all have your hands up now?) might want to take a look at this post by Donald Marron. As it turns out, you’re both right.
Over the period of the last half century government has increasingly turned from producing goods and services to a mechanism for transferring income. The former function has declined slightly in recent years. The latter has grown enormously over the period of the last half century.
Read the whole thing. It’s short, to the point, and includes a handy graph.