I would not hesitate to say this president is more successful than the last and done a decent job overall.
People talk about smaller government but it's not realistic every developed nation has a strong central government, and if the the national government literally spent only on military this would be a federation.
Interstates are not free, air ports are not free, schools are not free, safe food and drugs are not free, NASA is not free, the military is not free, social security is not free, talk about money not growing on trees.
What we can do is cut on waste. It's a huge and relatively simple problem when departments intentionally waste resources at the end of the fiscal year when they have surplus so they'd get the same (or a larger) budget next year.
We should reward departments for cutting costs while delivering the same results. We should hold people accountable to intentional waste to inflate the budget.