That is exactly the argument Republicans made before & after the Civil War. They subverted the constitution and made it happen. Piglets across the United States have been enjoying the teat when they can get it in their mouths. Democrats were opposed to it for about 30 years or so but they lost their virginity (or saw the light) and started squealing in the barnyard even louder than the Republican blue-bloods.
The Democrats felt self-righteous and sanctimonious because instead of just making a few rich people richer by stealing from the landed taxpayers, Democrats spread the pool wider and shallower, stealing from larger and larger numbers to pay a larger and larger pool. That method bought them 50 years of dominance. Reagan and other Republicans quite fighting it and began buying it, thus splitting the Democrat Party.
Which herd of swine is the more morally bankrupt? You decide.
Both sides have much to be concerned about with the ever expanding government but it HAS been the Republican dominated side that tends to charge their growth and largess while "saying" they are cutting taxes. I am sure Dracula had a good line too.
The problem is, we are in no position to go back to 1790, or 1861 or 1920 or even 1966 [four landmark years in America's fiscal history]. We have the system that we have and the JOB is to restore it to a workable condition where it is the most practicable for everyone. Right now it is NOT.
Moving everything to States level, while reducing Federal expenditures would increase State expenditures, add interwoven administrative layers as state to state infrastructure issues required central management. It would also cause state shopping by citizens as they started looking for better value. States would also try and structure their taxes to either keep or exclude citizens.
Corporations would have increased costs as wage structures would change and prejudices against workers in high labor cost states would change the dynamics of corporate America.
In other words, nearly everything about this country is set up for a centralized fiscal system. That is, in itself not a bad thing. It has many cost advantages.
What has to be done is clean house of the ethics and moral corruption inherent in a system that has gone unchecked for decades. Once that house cleaning occurs costs go further down, systems flow better and, at least in steady state taxes would either stay the same or go down instead of start rising to accommodate the high interests of our Debt and the quickly arriving boomer load on the system [much of which they put THEIR money into].