It is during this election cycle more so than at any time in my life time that the lines are being drawn between whether or not the United States of America remains to be a country founded on the principles set forth in the Declaration of Independence, or it transforms irrevocably into an elected dictatorship with power concentrated in the executive branch and more and more control being transferred from the Congress and the people to the president.
Why do I say this? What proof do I have to back this up? Let’s consider government spending as a percentage of GDP. According to this chart, government spending as a percentage of GDP was nearly 42% in fiscal year 2010. These are the highest levels of government spending since WWII. Moreover, since its most recent low of 20% in 1948, the rate of government growth as measured by this index has grown steadily to its current high. In other words, the rate of government growth has been slow and incremental. That is until Barack Obama assumed office in 2009. At that time, the rate of government growth jumped up dramatically from 37.39% to 42.11%; more than the entire rate of growth during the Bush years (which grew from 33.61% in 2001 to 37.39% in 2008, a 4% growth in government).