They believe in bigger government. It has been true our entire lives.
When they say "smaller" government, they mean they want the people in general to have a "smaller" piece of the government and any benefits it may provide. At the same time, they want "bigger" government for themselves. They want a bigger military that is interventionist in nature. They want government to provide and train the soldiers so they can expand to the far reaches of the known world.
They want laws written to protect their interests and make it easier for them to make more wealth for themselves and their family of friends. They have shown little interest or compassion for the vast majority of citizens that are harmed by these laws.
They want "government" to make trade treaties with foreign nations so they can expand to countries with low wages. Then they want to bring all their products back to America to sell and make the maximum profit. That is the type of government that Republicans desire and get.
It is big government at its worst. They are not comfortable when the citizens at large decide to create a government program for themselves, whereby they donate a small percentage out of their earnings to go into an account for when they are old enough to retire. These people do not ask for much. But even that is too much for many Republicans to withstand. They say we cannot afford these entitlement programs like Social Security.
But they had no problem when they were spending the money out of the people's fund. It helped them to create more wealth for themselves and now they don't want to pay it back. There is no Social Security fund!, they yell. "We spent it!", they say.
Yes, you did. You spent it but you still owe the people that money. So long as your money is good, so is that fund. When you are in the gutter with the rest of us, then we will know that you do indeed support "smaller" government...