I mostly agree in principle, got any suggestions on how to succeed at something that's never been meaningfully accomplished in the entire history of civilization? Didn't think so. Smaller government doesn't strip the cronies of any meaningful power, it just means that they're the only beneficiaries.
Face it, it's not going to happen. The question is only if some of the wealth being stripped from us is used to provide us with meaningful benefits, or if it all goes to the cronies. I'm putting the gun to no ones head - *we* generated 100% of the wealth, not the people wielding it.
How about this - you want smaller government, how about we start by eliminating THE largest completely artificial construct keeping the cronies in power. The thing every government in history has defended before all else, at least for the powerful: strong property rights. That's what lets the powerful accumulate ever more power - in nature you can own only what you can personally defend, nobody can accumulate vastly more wealth than their peers or it simply gets taken when they're not looking, or in open confrontation. In comparison even strong socialism is positively draconian in propping up the privilege of the powerful..