I’m worried that a significant portion of the populace believe there is a Jobs lever in Washington. Very worried, actually.
There is indeed a pendulum: more public, or more private. People must decide which more of these they would like. The government would not exist without the private sector. One of these does exist without the other. The more of one you have, the less of the other. The more government, the less freedom and prosperity. You cannot have your cake and eat it too.  There is certainly an optimal level of government. Just keep in mind that it is a sliding scale. You must sacrifice on for the other.
People create wealth. People have responsibility. Government does not have responsibility.  My house is also a creation of man, does it have a responsibility? It has no more responsibility than I, its builder, and it’s designer  give it.  If people have a responsibility to do something we must find the most effective means at doing so. That is the ultimate question of principle.