To check government growth, deploy ‘ambition to counteract ambition’ (paraphrased from James Madison – key architect of US Constitution).
For example, budget cutting needs to significantly benefit part of the government.
We vote on too much; more than the vast majority can stay informed about.
Crony Capitalism deterrent.
Cap the rate of spending growth.
Reform entitlements: we’ve promised too much.
Put the ‘loyal’ back into loyal opposition.
No-bailout clause: so Feds can’t bail out irresponsible states
A less parochial Congress; serious problems arise if all politics is local; maybe have a mixture of district and at-large representation.
Tighten up the 10th amendment.
Narrow the commerce clause.
Clarify ‘uniform taxation.’
Most of those (above) are Article V (US Constitution) issues.
State-level: transformational “School System Reform” – politically-correct schooling has not, and cannot, deliver the informed, wise people needed for a republic to perform acceptably; to survive.