Interesting information. Nice chart!
Another way I think of "Big Government" is how much they control the populace. Several ways they do this are:
The War on Drugs
Big government controls which drugs are ok to take (even though some are quite harmful) and which drugs NOT to take (even though some are quite
Who Can Marry
Big government makes their way into bedrooms across the country and insinuates THEIR ideas of marriage upon the people there. If the people have
different parts, the government allows them to marry. But if they have the same parts, the government doesn't allow a marriage.
Big government also makes their way into wombs across the country and insinuates THEIR opinions upon the happenings there, when it should be a private
matter between a woman and her God.
War on Terror
Not only does Big government control the people of THIS country, they are now spreading to other countries to control the people and governments
there. They insinuate themselves into our lives under the guise of "Homeland Security" and infringe on the rights and freedoms of the people in the
name of our safety.
Principals and Values
Big government tries to dictate its morals and values to me from what religion is "acceptable" to what constitutes a "family" to how my children
should be educated to how I should show my patriotism.
These are all ideals of a Republican Government. At least the Republican government of late. I think a smaller government takes care of the people.
It's there when the people need it. And a large government imposes on and controls the people. I think that's the big difference for me.