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September 21, 2017

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"Most people would agree that the federal budget is bloated and expenses can be cut."

I think this might be begging the question.

Many (perhaps a share lesser than "most") may agree with the first part of your statement. As to the second part, this is trickier. You might be on to something if you were to phrase it as "... and expenses which do not benefit them directly can be cut."

Most sentiment in favor of some variant of "small government," in my experience is more an expression of horror at the notion of "those people" getting something from government, whoever "those people" happen to be to the speaker.

While I know there are some true, genuinely principled "small government" people, they're slightly more common than hen's teeth, and considerably less common than the blue moon.

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