Jefferson was pretty clear in his views on a large and intrusive government:<quoted text>
Sweet Baby Jesus told me that ol' Tommy had once admitted that he really didn't know how things would work out, that he now realized that as the country changed he was thankful that the governmental framework he had helped create was flexible enough to respond to the demands of the time.
"A wise and frugal Government,... shall leave them free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government...."
"Experience hath shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."
"I own I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive."
"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive."
"The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground."
And in talking about the effects of dependence upon others:
"Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition."