And yet when tasked with determining what government functions to cut, a vast majority of Americans have no answer.
That's true. They just know there is something wrong with the system.
If American government were actually funded and implemented in a manner that accomplished the goals of hiring competent employees, educating all of our citizens, providing decent basic healthcare to everyone and providing for a strong defense and VA, i think most Americans would be fine with "big government."
That would be impossible on the grounds that government is funded by force. The political class always applies those funds to support their interests at the expense of the general public.
Most importantly, government central control cannot replace the free market. People are always the better judge of how to spend their money.
Turns out if you fight tooth and nail to ensure government doesn't work, peoples' opinion of government service will decline. What a shock.
Don't have to. It's been proven a million times over, government services, are wasteful, corrupt, inefficient and counterproductive. Remember Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty?
Government officials are no smarter than the rest of us mortals. They just think they are.