Big Government advocates like to make taxes seem low and the cost of Big Government - both monetary and otherwise - look as small as possible. So when they cite figures about taxes, spending, and other costs of government, they zoom in on just a portion of the data to make it look smaller.
This allows politicians to give the false impression that Big Government is much smaller than it actually is.
Politicians claim a new program will cost "$10 million" But this is just the estimated annual cost. Rather than remind us of this fact, they talk as if it were the total cost of the program.
A typical "$10 million" Big Government Program will rise in annual cost to $15 million before the end of the first year. Within 5 years, it will cost over $100 million.
Big Government advocates say that the state employs 102,000 workers (which is huge). But they're only counting the ones directly employed by the government - blatantly disregarding perhaps as may as 1,000,000 people who get their paychecks one way or another from the state government, usually through contracts outsourced to the "private sector" or through institutions that are set up as separate organizations but that are owned, funded and/or controlled by government - such as state universities.