I believe in the power of big government because I believe (when used correctly) it’s a better enabler of personal economic freedom and advancement to more people than the “free market.” And I believe that more people having those opportunities results in bigger economic growth overall.
That and I’m willing to acknowledge the fact that the U.S. economy only got as big as it did through massive (Federal government) import tariffs and vast (Federal government) land giveaways.
“Big government” — at least in the sense of a government distributing resources on a large scale — has always been with us and always will, though it has fluctuated by degrees and type of resources. The only real change we’ve seen is whether the resources are targeted more toward the few or more toward the many.
So: Do conservatives want personal economic freedom and advancement for “more people” or just “some people”?