Centrist and Small Government debate
I would argue that the existing federal bureaucracy has more or less kept pace with the government's increasing demands; the main problem is that conservatives want to retard its growth as part of their small government program. Yet even the constituents of the GOP have come to rely on social services; when polled repeatedly, Tea Party supporters express their desire to have Social Security and Medicare unchanged. The mentality of small government proponents is that it is other peoples' “entitlements” that are the problem, never their own. While many Americans might say that they would accept reduced government services in exchange for lower taxes, few would be able to handle the reality of such a world, as shown by how people reacted to the government shutdown that occurred last year.