The growth of the budgets of the Executive Branch Cabinet agencies compared to what they would be if they simply kept up with inflation (as calculated
by the Bureau of Labor Standards' CPI Inflation Calculator) is one way to
see how much Leviathan has grown in the last 45 years.
"The State tends to expand in proportion to its means of existence and to live beyond its means, and these are, in the last analysis, nothing but the substance of the people. Woe to the people that cannot limit the sphere of action of the State! Freedom, private enterprise, wealth, happiness, independence, personal dignity, all vanish."Frederic Bastiat (1801 - 1850)