Does america need more or less government (all around)?
Is the common frase "less is more" true when it comes the the U.S. government? or do we need more government? Whats your position?
It's reasonable, at first, to say that a large nation needs a large government. In some ways, that's true. Unfortunately, what politicians today are doing is applying larger government powers, as opposed to a physically larger government.
A physically larger government would merely mean more employees and leaders. This is necessary so that government can be applicable to all States.
Larger government powers would indicate market regulation, more laws, and more centralized government. Sure, a Central Federal government has its benefits when it comes to eliminating State Tyranny, but what we've seen in the history of the United States is government itself growing closer to a tyrant than merely adjusting its size to a relative amount.
In a small country, practically any kind of government could work. In a large nation like the United States, hardly anything will work. This is why it's better to just let the people run their lives and keep government out of it (for the most part). It's not about Anarchic principles, or gay shit like that, it's about common sense. Government isn't good when it's powerful. It is good, however, to just be available.
Side: Relatively Less
What do you mean by 'more goverment'? America is already ruled by the government, the thing that organises your weekly garbage pick up and initiates nationwide censuses so that everyone in that country's needs (public education, stop signs, petrol stations, parks) are adhered to.
America is the leading superpower in the world and a strong leader and government was able to bring it to that point. Since the population of America is so huge, (308,745,538 people in total) a large amount of politicians and government officials are needed because there is a bigger chance that the population of America are able to match their beliefs to a certain political party and everyone will be happy. (I say they'll be happy because America is a democracy in which everyone votes but majority rules, so they have to say they tried.)
Side: large government
"From time to time we've been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?"
Government must be cut
And the question has been answered, government must be cut down to fit the purpose it has been given by the constitution. It must be governed by law and govern (strictly) with law.
Government is not our salvation
You say we are where we are because of government, and I agree. Our government is somewhere around 13 trillion dollars in debt... our immigration system is so broken that my cousin who was adopted at 1 from Liberia did not get his visa till age 22 (one out of thousands of cases of neglect... if not millions)... despite the public outcry the government has passed bill after bill that primarily gives to them and not the people... taxes are just about as high as they have ever been. Government is a brute force, it has its place, but that place is not in the "china shop" of our indelible rights as the American people.
Side: large government
I believe the only legitimate purpose of government is to defend our rights! The government should stay out of the economy unless it is to prevent fraud. The government should not be playing favorites and deciding who wins and loses in the market. We don't need police state measures to keep us safe from terrorist and criminals. It is none of the government's business what I put in my own body. In other words I believe one should be able to do whatever they please provided they harm no one else in doing it.