Gerson is right and the proof is James Madison. Many libertarians consider Madison to be a champion of limited government, but that is no true at all. The proof is Federalist 41 where Madison argues for a government with esentially unlimited powers when it comes to national defense. In other words, Madison was a chamption for LIBERTY -- and he wanted to RIGHT-SIZE government to protect that liberty.
Yes, it's true that Madison believed the federal government had no business being in the benvolent spending business. However, if Madison were alive today, he would re-think that. He would say "It is clear now that benevolence in government cannot be stopped, so it must be harnessed. Benevolence must be made to counteract benevolence."