[UPDATE: To clarify, the one I have in mind isn’t a chart with just a single line, which you see in Bush vs. Obama years. Rather, the chart has two different series on it, one representing spending in the Bush recovery and the other in the Obama recovery. So you can see, quarter by quarter, that the relevant metric of government spending grew faster under Bush than under Obama.]
I must be losing my touch. I just spent 20 minutes looking for an old Krugman blog post but can’t find it.
I can distinctly remember Krugman writing at least one (and possibly several) posts, circa 2010 – 2013, showing some measure of government spending and how it had grown much more by that point in the George W. Bush years than it had in the Obama recovery. (It might have been something like total government consumption and investment expenditures as a share of potential GDP or some such tomfoolery.)
Krugman’s rhetorical purpose was to slam everybody talking about the “big spending” Obama, to show that actually by this point after the recession bottomed out, George W. Bush’s Administration was spending a lot more because of all the austerity under Obama.
Can anybody find such a post? I have found a few that make similar points verbally, but I know I saw one where Krugman had a chart, and I can’t find it now…