The nanny state has no doubt been under the conservatives.
Public schools are funded by the govt, having healthy lunches is a great idea, unlike Reagan who wanted to define ketsup as a vegetable. Some kids only eat at school. I can still buy any kind of light bulb I want. I cant use the fluorescent light bulbs because of the lupus.
Here's Federal Expenditures from 2000-2011 (quarterly figures, annualized), from the St. Louis Fed: http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/FGEXPND
As you can see, from 2000 to 2008, under President Bush, Federal spending rose by $1.3 trillion, from $1.9 trillion a year to $3.2 trillion a year.
From 2009 to 2011, meanwhile, under President Obama, federal spending has risen by $600 billion, from $3.2 trillion a year to $3.8 trillion a year. It has also now begun to decline.
In other words, federal government spending under President Bush increased 2X as much as it has under President Obama.
NO doubt both are pro-war and no doubt both want more control, but it does seem conservatives want to give local police more control with this ruling.