But thats a very simplistic and incomplete view mbm. That hardly covers the ground at all. First off, the constitution itself clearly defined the limitations on government, and conservatives respect the constitution. Secondly, its FREEDOM, not government, that the society should be pursuing. Each law, each legistlation, each bureacratic action is a 'limitation' of the freedoms of citizens by their very nature. THAT is closer to why conservatives simply want the constitution to be the law of the land. Too much government is both a strain on civic freedoms and a drain on economic prosperity.
Conservatives respect and trust in people. Liberals respect government and feel that people can't be trusted in handling their own lives without elitist government intervention. Distrust of the common people is a trait of elitist liberalism. And the average worker must now work 5 months just to pay his 'government' tax bills. Thats out of control.
You've got TWO major 'government' controlled entities to base your conclusions on here. First is the 'government' controlled public school system, not exactly a gem of achievement or efficiency these days. Then there's the scheme called social security which is doomed to go broke, or break up into little pintences of compensation, hardly commersurate with the massive amounts of money one is forced to pay into it all their lives. Two utter demonstrations of 'government' gone haywire and being in areas it should not be. And there's plenty more examples.
When the government grows soley due to a quest for power and control by certain individuals, its time to clean house. This is a major complaint of conservatives regarding democrats.