Not that Obama is the only guy of this type, Bush was a Big Government type also, as was Clinton before him, and was Bush I as well, but... Obama has promoted big government solutions to the financial crisis, to contract law in bankruptcy cases, to employer/employee relations, to judge selection, to firearms ownership, to trade etc. He seems pretty in favour of big government. Why then, in one of the few cases where the state actually has a legitimate concern (i.e. property rights and the safety of the country) is he standing back and letting it play out without government intervention? Surely even a small government should be responding to a natural disaster, just as it would to a war or other major threatening event, yet here the big government proponents are doing almost nothing to stop the oil leak. This seems a very strange set of priorities - stick the state in where it's not needed, doesn't belong, and causes harm; and keep the state out of those areas where its presence is necessary and beneficial.