Didn't he make a serious attempt to do so early on and held off after the GOP lost seats in 1982?
A lesson for all the "Toss the Republicans out over immigration!" Conservatives there.
I'm just callin' 'em like I see 'em, and as I perceive it, Reagan wanted to cut the size of government, but it grew. A golden opportunity missed, as it might have started a trend, so massive was his shadow.
And to all those who will say that "technically" etc. that don't cut it. If he'd actually cut the size of government to an extent where we could SEE it without it being pointed to "technically," the American people would have seen that yes, we CAN shrink government and get BETTER service with smaller, more responsive bureaucracies.