Originally Posted by The merchant of Venice
The main issue is that "too much" depends on the culture of the country. What europeans find perfectly acceptable and natural (state providing healthcare for example) is view by a lot of americans as an unacceptable intrusion.
And a lot of low-level mechanisms of social control one can find in US society have many Europeans completely gobsmacked over the level of intrusion it represents.
I think this OP suffers from a lack of precision about what we mean by "governing", and who it is we're supposing is doing it.