I think I've said here a few times that all compromise (arrived at by wonderful bipartisan politicians) has done is make government grow. Here's the evidence from President Obama himself, though that certainly wasn't what he intended:
It's a big, diverse country and people have a lot of complicated positions. It means that in order to get stuff done, we're going to compromise. This is why FDR, when he started Social Security, it only affected widows and orphans. You did not qualify. And yet now it is something that really helps a lot of people. When Medicare was started, it was a small program. It grew.
Yeah, getting stuff done that can start small then grow monstsrously, that's what I yearn for in a president.