Here's how the GOP, in yesterday's Pledge, presented federal spending in the current White House versus previous administrations:
It's twice the size! It's true. The size of government doubled ... over a baseline of 17 percent. Here's what the graph looks like when you start at zero, instead of the mid-teens.
And here's federal spending as a percentage of GDP since 1980.
Here's a graph of federal health care spending as a share of the economy since 1960. If federal spending's share of GDP is the barely movable object, health care inflation is the unstoppable force. Something's gotta give.