There is some suggestion that the size and scope of governments around the world has become excessive. Two recent examples of this are:
The Standard has suggested that similar comparison in NZ could be a little out of whack, and in the most part I agree with them. After all, Labour was elected to a third term on the promise of larger government, National was re-elected to keep it at that level, as a result I think society is suggesting that they want government to continue spending a quarter of our income.
However, I do disagree with them with regards to the idea that government spending didn’t markedly rise as a proportion of GDP in Labour’s third term – to me the GDP Statistics seem to suggest this was the big mover (with the recent increase solely the result of a recession, and “automatic stabilisers”):