There is real danger to anti-big-government conservative slogans, and that danger is in… applying them to the function of the actual government.
There is waste and fraud and stupidity and nonsense in the government to be sure (as there is anywhere to some degree) and raging against it where it exists is fine, but these “government is bad, less government is good” generalizations are really dangerous, since most of the laws and regulations and government services we have exist for a reason, and when you apply this “less government is always better” or “government always equals less freedom” mentality across the board you do a lot of damage.
Case in point, I just commented on a blog characterizing requiring people who watch over children full-time to be certified by the government as (paraphrasing) “Who do you want to decide who watches over your kids, the parents or the government?”
This is the kind of folksie stuff that you would expect to come out of the mouth of basically almost any conservative pundit or politician these days. And if you don’t think about it it sounds sensible. But if you think about it, it’s a nightmare.
The corruption in government is typically in things like nepotism and corporate contracts being given out quid pro quo to campaign contributors etc. The bulk of what the government does though is actually beneficial and taking a hatchet to it out of some blind anti-government ideology is extremely dangerous and just retarded. I want there to be more people who want to make the government better and more efficient and transparent and fewer people who want to make the government impotent and useless (or non-existent).