I keep hearing "Progressives" say that "Republicans hate government" and that's why they govern so badly. That's just so wrong. Republicans love government more than Democrats. Look at how much they have grown it when they have had power. They govern so badly because they're corrupt and incompetent.
Republicans see the government as a mechanism to get money from ordinary people and funnel it to rich people and to allocate political spoils. So, the bigger the better as far as they are concerned. Now they'll make noises about cutting government to fool people who really do hate government into voting for them or to oppose any kind of program that helps ordinary people.