Government spending cut without a sequester

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If you look at government employment and government spending, you have to look at state and local government spending as well as the federal government.  Efforts by the Obama administration to stimulate the economy have been offset by austerity on other levels of government.

The current economic recovery has had weaker job growth than in any recovery since the Great Depression.   I think the reasons for this are deeper than lack of governmental economic stimulus, but the charts show that is false to say that increased governmental spending has caused the recovery to be weak.

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