Right now the government seems at the cusp of getting away from people and out of control, especially from the homeland security aspect with the wire tapping and all the other things they are doing. This, as far as I can tell, is a direct result of the response to 9/11. I don't particularly link it to any specific administration or politician, but due to its own inertia. The IRS is largely calcified as well.
We are really need of a constitution amendment to sunset all laws at ten years to start cleaning out the old baggage of government to start bringing it under better control and to help streamline it. I think that would go a long way to solving the issue.