Hate to be mean --- but a lot of people here WANT bigger government.
Ferguson? That IS bigger government.
It's a collection of equally loathesome groups (journalists, the police, and the protestors). There is no good side here.
So, bigger government gets us Michael Brown, and smaller government gets us Trayvon Martin. Are we basically fucked? Yeah we're basically fucked.
No one should ever use the words "bigger government" or "smaller government" because they don't mean anything. People who want to have an actual debate or discussion understand that policy doesn't exist on some continuum between "big" and "small"; it requires a willingness to deal in nuance.
Sarcasm and levity on the internet: still a hit or miss thing.
I was just piling on with your dismissive attitude towards the nonsense rhetoric of big/small, minus the humor.