My point being that if you look at the greatest growth in government its been in military and veterans related affairs. Because there is a demand for it. We can argue who was responsible for that demand - Obama or Bush, but that is tangential for now.<quoted text>
You could say that about any business. Some people need whips, chains and candle wax, while others are served just as well by a quick hand job.
How's that for a pre-Shabbat analogy?
That subpopulation (as well as the boomers) is growing at a greater rate than other subpopulations.
Hence, by strictly normalizing growth of government by GENERAL population (as your article did) does not provide us with an appropriate construct. If you are going to normalize your measure, you should use a segmented metric i.e. divide growth by subpopulation and compare over time. Then you might (and I admit I am assuming) note that the government growth over time is MORE muted then what your original article purports.