The myth that Democrats are for "Big Government" is trotted out so often that most Americans take it as fact. In truth, it's utterly false.
The 2013 budget projects the loss of an additional 300,000 government jobs - on top of the almost 500,000 lost since January 2011, for a net loss of 785,000 government jobs since Obama took office.
Texas governor Rick Perry, one of the loudest complainers when it comes to the size of government, has 650,000 government employees working for its 25 million people - a ratio of 2.6 percent. The federal government has a ratio of just 0.7 percent by comparison. This is the smallest ratio of government workers to US population since Eisenhower.
The confusion happens when people make comparisons on the cost of government, which includes outlays for Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment and Defense, and most Americans don't want to see cuts in Social Security or Medicare. (Note that the Affordable Care Act will cut Medicare costs by $1 trillion over ten years - without affecting quality of care.) See article here.