Yes, this is the point, isn’t it? It’s not just about big liberal government, it’s about big government.
By way of example, it’s why I am against centralize federal tort reform; just because you like the result doesn’t mean you have to empower the federal government to get the result. And going one step further, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you even empower state government.
It’s the libertarian streak, and I believe it’s what sets the Tea Party movement apart from the traditional conservative movement.